September 12, 2021

By: Karisa Simon

Wellness activities are an excellent way to invest in your mental and physical health. Whether it’s a beautiful daytime walk or brunch with friends, dedicating time to yourself can be very enriching, and Oakville is a great place to start.

This week, I used one of Visit Oakville’s premade itineraries to help build a day where I could explore some of the wellness activities that Oakville has to offer.

Follow along with my day below and take a look at Visit Oakville’s itineraries to start building your own adventure.

Immerse yourself in nature:

Oakville’s green spaces are second to none. Start your wellness journey at one of Oakville’s beautiful trails and surround yourself in nature.

I visited Taplow Creek, a trail system in Glen Abbey that runs from Upper Middle Road West to Indian Ridge Trail.

There is ample room for you to connect with nature and multiple paths that you can follow. Even a small amount of time outdoors can have a positive impact on our health and I was feeling the good mojo right away.

It is also perfect for Forest Bathing, a form of therapy surrounded by the idea of people walking in a natural environment and consciously connecting with what’s around them. It is meant to be a slow and serene process.

Try this forest bathing exercise the next time you visit a trail in Oakville.

How to Forest Bathe:

  1. Find a location where you are surrounded by nature.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Smell the earth.
  4. Taste the freshness of the air.
  5. Listen to the sound of birds, insects and wind.
  6. Feel tree foliage or bark and the rays of sun on your skin.

This was my first time forest bathing and it was great. It was the first opportunity I had in a long time where I could  be still and  spend time in a quite natural environment away from the stressfulness of everyday life.

Treat yourself with a crepe:

Once you are done recharging in nature, give you and your loved ones a little treat with brunch or lunch! I craved a delicious crepe from the Fest On certified, La Parisienne Crêperie.

You can find paid street parking along Bronte or Lakeshore Road. There is also a large municipal lot off Ontario Street with plenty of free spots

La Parisienne Crêperie is a great spot to have a balanced and healthy meal. Their philosophy is to operate ethically and sustainability, and they create their meals from scratch with fresh and local ingredients. But they can also help you out if you’re looking for a yummy dessert crepe. I chose a crepe with vanilla ice cream, Nutella, their homemade caramel sauce and almonds. 

It was so nice to recharge and connect over a nice meal with my friends. Instead of sitting on their outdoor patio we sat inside. Once we stepped through the doors, it felt like we were transformed to a cozy café in Paris. The atmosphere was great and so was the service.

Sustainable shopping:

Give back to yourself and the environment, and indulge in retail therapy at one of Oakville’s sustainable living retail stores. If you are looking for a place to start, check out these stores:

The Kind Matter Company

This eco-conscious company sells sustainable products from bath and body to refillables.  This store is perfect for eco-conscious shoppers or shoppers who would like to reduce their footprint. The Kind Matter Company strives to guide families through their transition to eco-friendly ways.

Ecofillosophy

This low-waste boutique sells amazing sustainable products and acts as a refillery. Spoil yourself with one of their low-waste or reusable items, like bio-degradable lip balm or reusable straws. Check out my snapshot from last week to read feature article about this awesome store.

Visit a spa:

Take care of the toll that stress has taken on your body, and pamper yourself at a local spa. Oakville is home to many spas that will rejuvenate your skin, body, mind and soul. Keep reading to learn more about the spots that received the most votes for Visit Oakville’s Best Spa Talk of the Town Award.

1. Rosewater Spa

Photo courtesy of: Rosewater Spa

Looking to receive an amazing spa treatment? Visit the Best Spa Talk of the Town Award-winner, Rosewater Spa! This spa offers therapeutic massages, skin treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing, tinting and more. You will leave comfortable and relaxed after visiting this Downtown Oakville location.

2. Qi Tranquility Spa

Indulge in an amazing therapeutic experience at this spa that strives to ensure their clients’ bodies and minds are cleared from impurities and they leave feeling balanced, refreshed and beautiful. This spa also believes in the power of the earth to make better the features that Mother Nature gave everyone. They offer services like massages, facials, IV therapy and more. 

3. Beauty Institute Spa and Rejuvenation Clinic

Escape the pressures of everyday living and practice the three R’S (repair, relax and rejuvenate) at this local spa. This spa strives to create a serene environment where their clients can escape from the pressures of everyday life. They also provide services and products that will help enhance one’s appearance and stimulate relaxation without invasive procedures.

This spa’s services included Advanced Signature Rejuvenation Treatments, Hair Growth Treatment, Facials, IPL Treatments, Massage Therapy, Waxing and Nail care.

Enjoy a plant-based meal:

End your day with some great vegan food at Best Vegan Menu Talk of the Town Award-winner, Dar Nabati. Plant-based cuisines can provide more nutrients to your diet and are kinder to the environment. This restaurant serves 100% plant-based cuisine that is infused with a Middle Eastern flare. The inside of their restaurant is also extremely beautiful and modern. Their menu includes sandwiches, bowls, baked goods and desserts. I had the Baked Cauliflower with Buffalo-flavoured sauce and a harissa sauce. It was delicious and I can’t wait to go back!

On-street and paid parking can be found throughout Downtown Oakville. Hours of operation and the maximum length of allowed parking time vary with the location of each parking lot or space.

Bonus activity:

After dinner take a stroll through Downtown Oakville and head down to Lakeside Park to cap off the day. Enjoy the lakeside view and the serene moment with family or friends.

I hope these activities give you an idea of the wonderful wellness activities Oakville has to offer. Have fun building your own experience today!

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