Visiting the Scandinave Spa in Blue Mountain was the #1 priority on my “Canada Bucket List”. I’ve been dreaming about visiting this picturesque spa ever since Paul and I first left Canada back in 2014. It wasn’t until we left our home country that I realized how much cool stuff there is to do in Canada, and I started a list of all the things I wanted to do once we returned back home. Finally, nearly two years later, I got to experience my dream spa! It was every bit as fabulous as I imagined it would be, and I’m already planning a return visit for later this year!
The spa is similar to a Finnish spa, and includes a series of outdoor pools at various temperatures. The spa is opened year-round, but I personally think it’s best in the winter. There’s something so beautiful about the snow on the ground and the crisp winter air while you sit in a hot pool! The spa also includes a massage pavilion, where 65 Registered Massage Therapists are kept on staff. Other amenities include a bistro overlooking the spa, spacious change rooms and a boutique shop.
The Scandinave Spa does not accept reservations (unless you’re booked in for a massage) and the spa runs on a first-come-first-serve basis. We arrived at 1pm on a Tuesday afternoon and had no issues getting in, but weekends can be much busier and guests are often put on a waitlist for 3-4 hours until they can get in. We arranged our day passes through our Collingwood bed & breakfast, Craigleith Manor. They’re located just a 2 minute drive from the spa and offer a wonderful spa package that includes accommodation and day passes. We loved that our B&B host arranged everything for us, as it really made the experience even more relaxing.
The outdoor spa includes:
- 3 hot pools (approximately 40 degrees celsius)
- 3 cold plunge pools (ranging from 13 – 16 degrees celsius)
- Finnish sauna
- Eucalyptus steam room
- 3 solariums
- Plenty of outdoor seating, such as Muskoka chairs around fire pits
The optimal way to use the spa is to do “hot, cold, relax”. For example, I just 15 minutes in a hot pool, followed by a 1 minute dip in the cold plunge, finished with 20 minutes of reading in a solarium. I repeated this cycle about 5 times, staying at the spa for over 4 hours in total. I switched it up as I went, sometimes opted for the steam room or sauna instead of a hot pool.
The benefits of “shocking” your body between hot and cold are endless. I’ve found it to increase my metabolism, minimize the appearance of cellulite and cure a hangover. I love to switch between hot and cold plunges a few times over, so I occasional did a hot pool, cold plunge, steam room and then another cold plunge before heading to a solarium to relax. Nothing gets your blood flowing better than this!
- Pack a pair of flip flops to wear outside and in the change room.
- Leave your old bathrobe at home, and instead rent one of their luxurious robes embroidered with the Scandinave Spa logo. So plush and cozy!
- Throw a book into your bag. Magazines are provided, but a good book would have been a better way to enjoy the solariums in my opinion.
- Bring a re-usable water bottle, there are plenty of places to refill!
- To further enhance your spa experience, bring a single-use face mask to indulge your skin in the change room after your last shower. Your pores will be opened from the steam room and hot showers, making it the perfect time to give your skin a deep clean.
The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to Scandinave Spa as guests, however our opinions remain our own.