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Beat the Winter Blues

Bring back the summer sun

Have you recently caught yourself sitting at home scrolling through old summer photos? Reminiscing over music festival pictures, beach days and BBQ’s? Are you getting resentful of your friends constant posts basking in the Jamaican sun. Let’s face it- if you aren’t into winter sports, summer beats winter hands down. We don’t all get a chance to head down south this winter but there are plenty of ways to bring some sunshine back into our lives.

Le Nordik

There’s no better place to relax then the spa. Even when it’s negative 30 you can still hit the water at Le Nordik. Unlike traditional spas, Le Nordik implements the thermal cycle. You start off with 10-15 minutes in a sauna or hot tub of your choosing, followed by diving into a cold pool or waterfall and finish off with relaxation by the fire or in a hammock. The thermal cycle is a heat therapy treatment and an ancient Nordik tradition.  While you’re there you can also grab a cocktail or something from the beer garden to enjoy the twinkling lights of Ottawa from the infinite pool. If you’re feeling decadent you can indulge in a relaxing message, from Swedish to deep tissue you’re sure to find a style that hits all the right spots. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind during the day or to switch things up for Friday date night, plus it is only a 15-minute drive from downtown!


photo: @shy.ronn

Tropical Bar

Head to one of Ottawa’s coolest new bars; Charlotte. You’re greeted by an Aloha sign and can spot a neon pineapple and cactus sitting on the bar. What better way to get into the tropical spirit? Besides the décor their Tiki drinks are a definite must.  Forget about the freezing rain outside and step into tropical paradise with a sip of a delicious cocktail. When you go be sure to get the Flamming Homer, it’s literally on fire and will do the same for your Instagram.


photo: @charlotteottawa


Paint Nite

You may not be able to get your girls together for a beach day but you can rally them for the next best thing: Paint Nite! Grab your gals and get your creativity flowing, you can even find an event where you paint a tropical sunset or rolling waves. If you’re really feeling the summer spirit grab a fruity cocktail instead of wine.


photo: @paintnite

Treat Yourself

We all enjoy a good ice cream in the summer but who’s to say we can’t do the same in the winter. If you’re looking for some great soft serve, try Sweet Jesus in the ByWard Market. Their toppings alone will give you something to get excited about. The COOKIES COOKIES COOKIES & CREAM is mounted with Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, Fudgee-O’s and cookie dough. If you’re not in the mood for something cold the whip cream/toppings on their hot chocolate will also leave you breathless. Another great option for gelato and warms drinks is Stella Luna in Old Ottawa South. Award winning gelato and steaming European coffee coming up!


photo: @sweetjesus


By: Amanda Havey

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