Wellness roundup 2023

By Emily Carlson

Beat the cold by indulging in some soothing self-care. From spas to saunas, dining to outdoor adventure, coffee to crafts, our picks will always provide a pick-me-up.



68 Brock St. or 787 Blackburn Mews

Cher-Mère offers products for a variety of skin, hair, and body types (dry, oily, and healthy). They also provide facials, manicures/pedicures, massages, lashes, waxing, and henna. Find seasonal, holiday, and weekly/monthly specials on their website.

Open: Mon – Wed (10 am – 6 pm), Thurs – Fri (10 am – 7 pm), Sat (9:30 am – 5 pm), Sun (noon – 5 pm)


Dolce Bella Spa

8 Cataraqui St.

Whether you want your makeup done, hair styled, or rejuvenized skin, Dolce Bella has you covered. They offer spa services, packages, hair salon services, and treatments. After your relaxing spa experience, head down the hall to The River Mill Restaurant for a bite to eat (2 Cataraqui St.)

Open: Mon (10 am – 4 pm), Tues (9 am – 6 pm), Wed (9 am – 7 pm), Thurs (9 am – 8 pm), Fri (9 am – 7 pm), Sat 9 am – 5 pm)


Little Cataraqui Creek

1641 Perth Rd.

Enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Connect with nature, yourself, and others while you venture through forests, fields, and marsh lands. The Outdoor Centre offers snowshoe and skiing rental services daily (9 am – 4 pm). While you’re there, take a moment to feed some chickadees. Learn about upcoming special events on their website.

Open: Daily


Stoked Sauna Co.

225 King St E.

At the Frontenac Club, you will find the Stoke and Chill Sauna experience by Stoked Sauna Co. where you can relax using their outdoor saunas, fire pit area, and ice baths. After you’re done, enjoy the Après-Sauna Menu’s food and drink offering (split pea soup, in-house candied salmon, Frontenac fondue, fermented lemonade, mulled wine, and decadent hot chocolate). Explore packages to combine your Stoke and Chill experience with an overnight stay.

Open: Thurs (6 – 9 pm), Fri (4:30 – 9 pm), Sat (12:30 – 9:30 pm), Sun (12:30 – 8 pm)


Afternoon Tea at The Secret Garden Inn

73 Sydenham St.

Do you like a good cup of tea? Try The Secret Garden Inn’s Afternoon Tea experience with house-made sweet and savoury treats. Learn more about this experience on their website. Combine your dining experience with an overnight stay with Secret Garden Inn packages.

Open: various hours (see website for details)


Glow Skincare Co. Spa Retreat

234 Princess St.

Glow Skincare Company offers a spa retreat (sauna, eucalyptus steam room, cold plunge, jacuzzi, and a bar) and care services (naturopathic medicine, massage, and facials). Follow them on Instagram for updates on promotions and offerings.

Open: Mon – Sun (9 am – 8 pm)


The Refinery Spa and Social House

327 King St. E.

The Refinery has two spas available, REM (guided meditation, private yoga practice, reiki, and spa treatments) and the Spa and Social House (steam room, facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, and hairstyling). Combine multiple items to create a package and get the most out of your time at The Refinery Spa (see package options on their website)

Open: Various hours (see website for details)


Tie One On Creativity Bar

1329 Gardiners Rd.

Get creative with friends at a Tie One On Creativity Bar event. Upcoming events include an adult tie die party (Feb. 8), paint night (Feb. 9), and saw it on Pinterest (Feb. 16). Learn more about these events on their website. While you’re there enjoy a beverage from a local brewery (see all local brews available).

Open: Tues – Sat (noon – 9 pm), Sun (noon – 6 pm)


Coffee and Company

53 Princess St.

Pick out a book that intrigues you at a downtown bookstore (Berry and Peterson Booksellers, Novel Idea), and head to Coffee and Company to indulge in their relaxing environment. While you’re there try one of their treats (scones, muffins, bagels, croissants) and a hot cup of joe.

Open: Sun – Thurs (7 am – 6 pm), Fri – Sat (7 am – 7 pm)



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Take a yoga class

There are many businesses that offer yoga classes in Kingston (Studio 330, Salti Yoga, Morro Yoga, Health Yoga, Samatva Yoga). You can join a class or bring an instructor to you. During these yoga experiences, you will focus on your breathing technique, improving functionality, connecting your mind, and practicing self-awareness.

Open: various hours (see website links above for details)


Boiler Room

993 Princess St. (Unit 12)

Enjoy a day of rock climbing at the Boiler Room. During your orientation, you will learn about the different types of climbing you can do at their facility (auto-belays, top rope with off-harness belaying, and lead climbing). Booking is required for lessons (the Boiler Room will be closed to walk-ins Feb 19 and 20).

Open: Mon – Fri (10 am – 11 pm), Sat – Sun (9 am – 9 pm)