All around me were mile high trees covered in snow. I was in awe of this quiet beauty as I made my way across the rubber lined path towards the first building. Wearing my bathing suit with only a terry cloth robe and my flip-flops to protect me. I walked slowly and calmly through the cold winter scene. It was my first time at an outdoor Scandinavian spa and what better place to have my first experience than during the heart of winter at the Siberia Station Spa near Quebec City.
The Siberia Station Spa Quebec City
In the first building, I entered a corridor lined with hooks filled with spa robes. I found an empty hook, placed my robe and towel on it and opened the door. Inside was thick and hot citrus smelling steam. I could only see traces of people’s shadows through it but noticed an empty spot on the marble bench. Sitting quietly I felt the sweet smell working on my sinuses like a “Vicks Vaporub” treatment. I began to relax as my body heat rose. In my head, I thought I don’t want to leave this room. I was worried about the walk outside with snow-covered everything around me after being all hot and wonderful in this steam room.
The concept of a Scandinavian spa is alternating between hot, cold and rest treatments to promote intense relaxation. These treatments are said to eliminate toxins, relax your muscles and reduce stress. I braced myself and got up as the heat began to be too much to take. I put on my robe, grabbed my towel and opened the door to cold winter outside. The Siberia Station Spa featured many hot, cold and rest stations and each section was a bit of a walk down the paths inside the forested grounds.
Winter Scandinavian Spa Experience in Canada
I’m not going to lie, I felt the cold, but I calmly walked the path to the next station. I walked by the fireplace with chairs around it and the hot tub with steam floating above it and made my way to the wall where I hung my towel and robe again. From hot treatment to cold treatment that was the process. So I walked over to the small hot tub like pool with the waterfall and braced myself for extreme cold!
The ice-cold water stung me as I quickly turned my body around under its freezing grip. I got down in the pool about half way did a quick spin in the waterfall and promptly jumped out. The next stop was a relaxation stop – but I made a quick walk over to the hot tub and slowly dipped inside. At first, the hot tub was almost too much to take after the shocking cold waterfall, but when faced with cold and getting warm again, I found myself forcing my way into the tub to get my body temperature back to normal.
Winter Wellness at the Scandinavian Spa
For an entire afternoon, this was my quiet winter escape. Walking from station to station, the peaceful sounds of nature soothing my soul and my body.
My favourite relaxation stations were the warm yurt buildings which had wood fires burning. There were cocoon-like hammocks where I had to force myself not to drift off to sleep. I had to make sure to experience each stop and wanted to make my way down to the river for a cold dip.
Open Year Round – But Winter is Amazing
The Siberia Spa Quebec is open year round, but I am so glad that I got to experience in winter. It was not as scary and cold as I imagined it would be. Calmly walking the paths through the forest and dipping between hot and cold treatments and then winding down in the warmth of a relaxation room was heaven.
How is it that Canada isn’t covered with these spa experiences, our beautiful winters providing this breathtaking escape. I imagine these trees in fall with their coloured leaves, and I could see why people spend a day at the Scandinavian spa. Walking without worry between saunas, yurts and hot tubs as their bodies enjoy a relaxing break amongst all the nature.
See more reviews for the Siberia Station Spa on TripAdvisor.
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Do you have a favourite Scandinavian Spa in Canada? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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