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12 great places to escape the cold this winter in Toronto

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Ainsley Smith Jan 12, 2018 6:52 am 1,273

Whether you enjoy frolicking in the snow or you’re straight up counting down the days until summer, winter is here and we all need to deal with it.

That being said, we can all agree that there are always a few ton of days that are so cold we contemplate staying indoors for the rest of the season.

But rather than spending the entire season glued to your couch, you may want to consider heading to some of these Toronto locations where you can escape the cold.

Whether you’re interested in relaxing at a spa, having the shi*t scared out of you at an escape room, or enjoying some classic board games, here are the 12 top winter escapes in the city.

For Relaxation

Sanduny Spa

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Your body will thank you after a visit to this traditional Russian sauna, as it provides a unique escape from the cold. Whether you unwind in the dry heat or cool off in the pool, the Sanduny Spa offers something for everyone.

Address: 1027 Finch Avenue West Unit 7, Toronto

Miraj Hammam Spa

When temperatures drop, there’s no better way to escape the cold and enjoy some much-need ‘me time’ than with a trip to the spa. Unwind with a winter treatment like a Honey and Wine Wrap, Cocoon Body Scrub or a Grand Facial and you feel ready for summer in no time.

Address: Shangri-la Hotel Toronto, Fifth Floor, 188 University Avenue

Float Toronto

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You can float your cares away this winter by paying Float Toronto a visit. One hour in this sensory deprivation tank will not only provide you with profound peace and relaxation but also deep concentration and heightened creativity.

Address: 1159 Queen Street West

Solana Saltcave

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Salt Caves Oakville

If you’re not in the mood for a spa but still looking to relax, you should visit Oakville’s very own salt cave where you can enjoy a number of therapeutic activities including yoga, pilates, meditation, and Thai massages. Each activity is completed within the cave, which resembles the microclimate of a natural salt cave, where you’ll cleanse your body of unwanted toxins.

Address: 302 Lakeshore Rd East, Oakville

For Fun

The Rec Room

This 40,000 square foot entertainment and eats complex is the perfect place to spend an entire snow day. The Rec Room is known to bring together live entertainment, gaming, and dining all under one roof.

Address: 255 Bremner Blvd

House of VR

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You’ll literally feel worlds away from Toronto at House of VR, where you can enjoy a number of virtual experiences including gaming, entertainment, tourism, meditation, sports and more.

Address: 639 Queen Street West

 Snakes & Lattes

Whether you’re looking to take a walk down memory lane and play a classic board game or try your luck at something a little more challenging, the collection of games at Snakes & Lattes is massive. Add in the fact that this is a licensed cafe makes this the perfect spot to spend a cold winter’s day.

Address: Various locations throughout the city

BATL Ax Throwing

Whether you’re looking to spend an afternoon by yourself or challenging your friends, BATL has a number of locations throughout the GTA so regardless of where you live there’ll be a location near you. Public drop in lessons and casual axe throwing are offered on weekends, while private bookings and league membership are also available.

Address: Various locations throughout the city

For Thrill

No Way Out Escapes

If you’re in the mood to get your blood pumping, Now Way Out Escapes is home to Canada’s scariest escape rooms. There are three rooms to choose from including an abandoned house, an organ trafficking experience, and finally, the world’s first and only abduction simulator.

Address: 1200 Lorimar Drive, Unit 7&8, Mississauga

iFly Toronto

If you can’t wait until summer to go skydiving, you need to pay iFly Toronto a visit. Here you can experience the thrill of skydiving without having to jump 12,000 feet from a plane.

Address: 2007 Winston Park Drive, Oakville

Rage Room

If you’re feeling a little stir crazy this winter, head to Battle Sport’s Rage Room, where you can channel your anger by smashing the shi* out of glasses, printers, and chairs.

Address: 26 Ashwarren Road, Toronto

Combat Archery Tag

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You can unleash your inner Katniss Everdeen at this indoor archery arena. Archers Arena is equipped with two huge courts, where you can try your hand at Archery Tag, Archery Dodgeball, and Nerfwars, in addition to sniper nests.

Address: 1140 Sheppard Ave West. Suite 3, Toronto

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]
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