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It was a dreamy, somewhat surreal feeling. As I sat in a rock pool at the Spa Scandinave Mont Tremblant, with a blanket of steam lightly hovering above the surface of the water, I felt someone’s stare fixed on me. There was complete silence aside from the gurgling of the hot mineral spring water in the pool. I looked around but didn’t see anyone, yet I couldn’t shake off the feeling that I was being watched.

Ahead of me stood a forest of towering trees, their branches draped by thick snow. I was about to shift my gaze when I spotted it. There… behind one of the trees sat a deer. It poked its head around the tree and stared at me with its beautiful big round eyes. I smiled. It only lasted several seconds before the deer moved on but I felt so connected with this gorgeous creature and the tranquil snowy wonderland I found myself in. The effect Spa Scandinave Mont Tremblant was having on me was unmistakable. I closed my eyes and drifted away again.

“It poked its head around the tree and stared at me with its beautiful big round eyes.”

Spa Scandinave Mont Tremblant

The Spa Scandinave is a beautiful spa nestled in the forests along the banks of the Diable River a few miles away from Mont Tremblant, Quebéc’s premier ski destination. Located less than a two-hour drive from Montréal, I soon discovered that it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day on the slopes and to rejuvenate.

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The entrance to Spa Scandinave Mont Tremblant.
The reception and lounge.

Built on the slopes of the river, the spa consists of a series of wooden houses connected by stairs and bridges, creating a serene village-like setting. There are outdoor hot and cold pools, waterfalls, as well as indoor Finnish and steam baths. The main focus is relaxation in a tranquil environment – silence is strictly enforced – aided by hydrotherapy.

Spa Scandinave Mont Tremblant – the outdoor pools and resting areas.

Experiencing the spa

I started my visit with a terrific massage – nothing better than a thorough Swedish massage to get rid of all those knots in my back! After a cup of herbal tea in one of the resting areas, I embarked on my first hot-cold cycle: ten minutes in the Finnish sauna and a quick dip in one of the cold outdoor pools. After ten minutes in the sauna, I stepped outside into the freezing cold (it was -20 degrees Celsius outside) and proceeded gingerly into the cold pool. The cold water stung but the rush I felt was amazing! Ten seconds later, I was back in the warm confines of the resting area.

One of the hot pools at Spa Scandinave with a view of the forests.

A dip in the freezing river

On my next cycle, I decided to stay a bit longer in the sauna. When I exited the sauna, I put on a robe and mustered up the courage to make the short trek down to the river. The river was completely frozen and covered with a thick blanket of snow except for one spot where the ice had been cleared.

A series of steps led me down to the river where I discarded my robe. Below me, the small pool in the river beckoned. I put one foot into the freezing water and immediately felt a wave of electric-like pulses rush through my body. After taking a deep breath, I gradually submerged myself entirely in the pool. I gasped and counted to five before hauling myself out of the pool. The sensation of the freezing water made me shudder and I quickly made my way back to the resting area. After several minutes, I felt it: a distinct warm glow enveloped me and I quite literally felt lighter. I’d not experienced such deep relaxation in a long while.

The freezing pool in the river.

I repeated the cycle several times. As I sat in the hot outdoor pool, I counted the little snowflakes that landed on my arms and chuckled each time I heard a screech. That only meant one thing: another guest taking a dip in the river!


The Spa Scandinave Mont Tremblant is open year-round but the winter experience is absolutely magical. I left the spa feeling amazing. That night, just before I fell asleep, the image of that beautiful deer cropped up in my mind. It wasn’t a dream… but it sure felt like it.

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Note: this post is the result of the #LoveWinter blogger trip, a collaboration between iambassador, Quebec Tourism, Tourism Montreal and the Canadian Tourism Commission. As always, all views expressed above are mine, and mine only.

2 Responses

  • We recently went to Québec but didn’t go to a spa. We did have a hot tub at Châteaux Mont Sainte-Anne and I have to admit the water was warm enough to be out there in the freezing cold.
    So funny , my hair even froze because it was wet!

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