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Canadian winters are cold, there’s no debating it. Winnipeg is particularly notorious for some of the coldest winters in the country. But at Thermëa, a Scandinavian-inspired spa in Winnipeg, the more extreme the temperature, the better. We visited Thermëa to find out what the hype was about.
Ask any Winnipegger and they will tell you that the best way to beat the cold is to embrace it. And while Canadians are learning how to embrace winter weather, it seems that Scandinavians might have had it all figured out all along. Enter Winnipeg’s Scandinavian-inspired spa, Thermëa.
The Thermëa spa ritual alternates between hot and cold pools, saunas, steam rooms, and relaxation rooms. Surrounded by the quiet woods and greenery of a park and golf course, Thermëa boasts all of the aforementioned spa facilities as well as a fully licensed restaurant featuring a menu with vegan, gluten free, and local cuisine.
The benefits of cycling hot and cold therapy are believed to be both good for the body and mind. When exposing yourself to heat, followed by the shock of cold your heart rate increases, your adrenaline fires and your body flushes out toxins as it releases endorphins. We’ll leave the science to the scientists, but we visited the spa and can confirm that following a hot-cold-relax cycle, our bodies were tingling all over. Relaxation mode seemed like the only way to spend the rest of our day in Winnipeg. Essentially, those Scandinavians are onto something.
At Thermëa, clear signage and instruction make the entire process incredibly simple. You’re instructed to choose from a ‘hot’ option (warm or hot bath, sauna, or steam room) for 10 to 15 minutes, followed by a cold shock, and lastly, relaxation. That cold shock can come in the form of an outdoor cold shower, dropping a bucket of cold water on yourself, or just running from the hot tubs to the chill-out rooms if your visit is during winter. Three times through the cycle and you’ll understand why people spend the entire day here.
How much does it cost:
From Monday to Thursday the spa costs $46 or $58 with the inclusion of a bathrobe rental. From Friday to Sunday the spa costs $51 or $63 with the inclusion of a bathrobe rental. Once inside, you can stay for as long as you’d like. Thermëa also offers a la carte spa options like massage and body treatments.
When to go:
The spa is open every day from 9 am to 10 pm. Check out this interactive map of the facilities right here.
What to bring:
A comfortable bathing suit, sunglasses, and a book. If you’d prefer not to rent a robe and fluffy sandals, you can bring your own. Don’t bring your phone or camera on site as it’s not allowed.
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