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20 January 2023

Finding Winter Wellness In The 1000 Islands

Photo by Matthew Eyre

With the holidays behind us, many are now looking for ways to ward off the winter blues. Enter Brockville. This historic city situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in the heart of the 1000 Islands has everything you need for a revitalizing winter reset.

A quaint riverside location, walkable downtown and easy access to restorative nature trails all add to Brockville’s charms. Located at the doorstep of the UNESCO-recognized Frontenac Arch Biosphere, this historic city is ready to welcome visitors looking for a combination of nature, good food and plenty of relaxation.

Book Landsby’s exclusive Resort & Spa Experience in Brockville for a perfect 3-day couples getaway that includes a resort stay and a day at the spa. Read on for all the details plus some unique add ons that can elevate your wellness retreat even more.

Click here to browse our other amazing wellness getaways in South Eastern Ontario, including Kingston, Prince Edward County and Gananoque.

Stay: Tall Ships Landing Coastal Resort

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Your home for two nights will be the Tall Ships Landing Coastal Resort, which offers panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands archipelago. The onsite amenities are all geared towards wellness and relaxation: take a dip in the indoor saltwater infinity lap pool, work out in the fitness room that overlooks the river, soak in the hot tub and try out the rejuvenating dry sauna. A perfect place to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

Tall Ships Landing is perfectly situated to enjoy all that Brockville has to offer without having to drive. The famous Aquatarium, a 33,000-square-foot interactive aquarium that explores the 1000 Islands ecosystem, is next door. The Brockville Art Centre, which offers year round programming, is a short walk away. Plenty of bars and restaurants are in walking distance, as is the Brock Trail (more on that below).

Relax: Heavenly Touch Spa

Couples will find peace and tranquility during a specially designed romance retreat at the Heavenly Touch Spa, located within a few minutes’ walk of the Tall Ships Landing hotel.

Your pampering begins with relaxing full body massages with aromatherapy. Afterwards, you’ll meet your partner in a candle-lit private room for side-by-side milk and honey pedicures to soothe tired feet. Enjoy the benefits of an oxygen bar session, which is said to boost energy levels, reduce stress and relax the body. Complimentary wine and chocolate complete the experience. You’ll leave feeling renewed, rejuvenated and reconnected with your partner.

Walk: Trails, Parks and Waterfront

Winter in Brockville is a magical time as the St. Lawrence sparkles under a layer of ice and the dotted islands take on a dusting of snow. Bundle up and head outdoors to get a dose of the best stress-relieving therapy: nature. The Brock Trail stretches for nearly 8 km throughout the city, running along the waterfront, intersecting with many city parks and ending up in the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area.

The Mac Johnson wildlife and conservation area is part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a world-renowned biologically diverse region, and offers hiking and skiing trails as well as skating on the frozen pond when conditions are right.

Breathe: Wim Hof, A Unique Experience

If you’re looking to add a special element to your wellness retreat, a Wim Hof workshop might be the answer. Dan De Luis is Brockville’s certified Level 2 Wim Hof Method instructor and he provides workshops to show you how the use of specific breathing exercises and cold exposure can help detoxify your system, relieve anxiety and tension and improve your overall mental and physical well-being.

Aurelie Gilles, Landsby’s Director of Canadian Travel, attended a workshop during her recent stay in Brockville and called the experience “powerful and life-changing.” She has since implemented elements of breathing she learned at the workshop into her daily life and has seen profound benefits.

Brockville is located in South Eastern Ontario, approximately 3.5 hours from Toronto, 1 hour from Ottawa and just over 2 hours from Montreal.

Reach out to us to start planning your winter wellness getaway to the Thousand Islands. We have other amazing wellness-focused packages available in Prince Edward County, Gananoque and in Kingston.