Restorative wellness retreats in Ontario
We’ve put together a list of some of the best wellness and nature retreats in Ontario.
Holistic wellness retreats combine yoga, meditation and spiritual restoration with organic, plant-based, guilt-free nutrition and detox programs for mind, body and soul healing.
Northern Edge Algonquin, Almaguin Highlands
Experience the best of Algonquin Park hospitality and comfort at this restorative nature retreat designed for groups of 8 to 30.
All-inclusive getaways include cozy accommodations, tailored outdoor and healing excursions, and organic, creative, locally sourced meals. Activities include SUPing (stand-up paddleboarding), paddling, yoga classes, meditations and art.
Grail Springs Retreat for Wellbeing, Bancroft
Grail Springs is a private sanctuary near Bancroft devoted to providing a transformative experience in a picturesque natural setting.
All-inclusive packages from two to over 20 nights are available, as well as special programs and packages like the Life Transformation package, crafted to reset your body and spirit.
Location: 2004 Bay Lake Road, Bancroft
Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre, outside Midland
Get back to the basics with silent, mindfulness meditation, vegetarian and vegan juice and soup cleanses, and nature walks on this 150-acre (60-hectare) property of the forests and meadows just a short drive south of Midland.
This pet-friendly retreat features comfortable, cozy cabins and delectable plant-based whole foods. You’ll likely want to check out their Retreat Eats Cookbook after you get a taste of their delicious menu.
Location: 5720 Forgets Road, Wyebridge
Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, The Blue Mountains
This indoor and outdoor wellness and spa experience is dedicated to quietly refreshing the body and spirit. A recent addition to their facility is the Forest Bathing Trail, a self-guided forest walk.
Shinrin-Yoku, or "forest bathing," originated in Japan and is the practice of reconnecting with nature and benefiting from the forest’s peace and tranquillity. The Scandinave Spa’s tranquil landscape and architecture surrounded by nature is a serene vacation for your mind, body and soul.
The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee, east of Oshawa
Designed for groups, this super unique retreat north of Bowmanville offers customized workshops and events like soundscape meditations, Shinrin-Yoku, edible wild food walks, and B&B accommodations.
The retreat centre is located in a heritage church nestled in the middle of a forest, leaving you feeling connected with the energy of nature.
Location: 3392 Concession Road 8, Orono
Located in the picturesque hills of Northumberland County, this retreat centre is surrounded by forest with a grand view overlooking nearby Lake Ontario.
Experience personalized and complimentary yoga sessions, forest meditation and calming in-room massage on your path to rejuvenation.
Location: 795 Northumberland Heights Road, Cobourg
Ste. Anne’s Spa, east of Cobourg
Head to Canada’s largest (and voted favourite) destination spa for wellness classes, including yoga and meditation.
In addition to its outstanding on-site services and accommodations, you’ll want to give your taste buds a wellness treatment at Ste. Anne’s Bakery, just a kilometre down the road from the inn. This bakery specializes in freshly prepared, gluten-free goodness.
Truly one of the best wellness retreats in Ontario, Ste. Anne’s Spa’s immaculately kept grounds and walking trails are perfect places to enjoy the fresh air.
Location: 1009 Massey Road, Grafton
Elmhirst’s Resort, south of Peterborough
At Elmhirst’s Resort, you’ll find an oasis that prides itself on fresh farm cuisine, outdoor adventures and indoor pampering in the heart of the Kawarthas.
Seasonal yoga packages offer various wellness classes, workshops, meals and access to all the resort’s amenities and planned free activities. The perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, each charming cottage features its own private dock on Rice Lake’s waterfront.
Location: 1045 Settlers Line, Keene
Grand Wellness Centre, Brantford
For something a little different, try an authentic European beer bath and beer spa treatments using hops, barley and yeast. These ingredients are great for exfoliation, elasticity and hydration of the skin. Relax in the salt caves and have a beer soak. Pair the experience with a cool glass of Ramblin’ Road Draft Beer.
Location: 202 Grand River Avenue, Brantford
Ravenswood, north of Peterborough
In need of some spiritual R&R? Look no further than the glamping bunkie at Ravenswood, where guests can find customized healing experiences through traditional practices like reiki, light language and angel communication.
Breathe in the fresh air of the Kawartha Lakes while taking part in a drum workshop or artist retreat and discover something entirely new about yourself.
Location: 221 Edwina Drive, Trent Lakes
Planetforth, southwest of Ottawa
Offering guests an all-round regimen of mind, body and spirit healing, Planetforth sets you up for a long-term wellness experience—long after your stay is over. Balancing self-care alongside eco-sustainability, services draw from many cultural practices and include group activities, holistic healing foods and recreation.
Location: 717 Lake Park Road, Carleton Place
Escape the routine of daily life and plug into the patterns of nature. Reset your mind and spirit with the rhythm of the sun and moon and the sounds of the wind, forest and water.
Algonquin Log Cabin Adventure with Voyageur Quest, Almaguin Highlands
Lounge fireside and gaze up at the vast, untainted night sky from a rustic, authentic log cabin tucked in Surprise Lake’s forest, just outside the northwest corner of Algonquin Park.
Location: Surprise Lake, South River
Wolf Den Nature Retreat, east of Huntsville
Situated on the Oxtongue River close to the west gate of Algonquin Park, this beautiful forest lodge features hostel-style accommodations as well as five independent eco-cabins.
The community firepit and common kitchens are the perfect spots to soak up the good nature vibes and connect with other hikers, photographers and nature enthusiasts.
Location: 4568 Highway 60, Dwight
Cabinscape, Haliburton Highlands
Ecotherapy begins the moment you arrive at one of these tiny, off-grid, solar-powered cabins surrounded by windows and natural light.
Each remote cabin comes equipped with lake views, rugged landscapes, wilderness trails and picture-perfect privacy.
Enjoy great hiking in the spring, a wonderful swim on a warm day or looking across the gorgeous snow-covered landscape over a bonfire.
Onthe9 Mono, north of Caledon
If your "me time" means "solo time," check out this adorable little cabin perched on the edge of a bit of lake, perfect for a weekend of reading, relaxing and recharging.
It’s part of a larger B&B property, so you’ll also have access to the main house. This peaceful spot is less than an hour’s drive northwest of Toronto.
Also check out Onthe9’s additional property in Wolfe Bay, Nipissing, which is open year-round.
Location: 207535 Highway 9, Mono
ReLive Retreat, southeast of Collingwood
Nestled in Grey County, just south of the southern shores of Georgian Bay, surround yourself with nature at one of the unique yurts or cabins at this eco-forward retreat.
Book the property’s dog-friendly chalet-style cabin to enjoy a private hot tub, fireplace and a wrap-around deck—the ultimate space to relax in peace.
Location: 159 Prince Street, Priceville
Muskoka Waterfront Retreat, east of Huntsville
A rustic, natural escape meets state-of-the-art technology at Muskoka Waterfront Retreat, where a private waterfront beach and 3.5 acres (1.4 hectares) of open space makes for a soothing respite from the city.
Choose to stay in one of eight standalone cabins (complete with wood-burning fireplace) or 12 individual suites. Meet up with friends in the cozy dining hall, take a free kayak or canoe out for a paddle along the Oxtongue River, or go for a refreshing hike in one the nearby provincial parks.
Location: 1091 Dwight Beach Road, Dwight
The secluded cabins at Arcana are designed to provide the ultimate connection to the outdoors and its restorative nature. Surrounded by forest and close to water, each cabin features large custom windows and a mirrored, stainless steel exterior that seamlessly blends into the scenery. Enjoy with all the amenities you need to be comfortable without unnecessary distraction.
Last updated: September 7, 2023