The Gleaner

Bathe in nature, relax in luxury this winter

If you need a relaxing getaway, Spa Franklin has you covered. Arielle Benny, one of the owners of the spa, sets the scene by describing its location: “[It] is located on one of the most beautiful sites in Quebec, along the Outardes River in a building dating back to the 1840s.” In terms of the services presently offered, she says, “The thermal experience – outdoor spas, eucalyptus steam bath, dry sauna, cold pool, rest areas, access to the river, etc. is offered, as well as massage therapy and light meals.”

Spa Franklin recently announced that it would be adding “mini chalets” to the site. “This is a project that we have been working on for several years now. We are building three mini chalets located in the wilderness, on the river’s edge,” explains Benny. Each chalet will feature “One bedroom, a living room, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a balcony, and are designed to accommodate two people at a time.” They will be available with or without spa services. “We are aware that there is a critical shortage of accommodations in the area, so guests may choose to add a spa experience to their cottage reservation or simply enjoy an overnight stay in the Haut-Saint-Laurent region.”

Benny says the chalets will offer guests a complete disconnection from hectic day-to-day life, and a reconnection with nature in a serene and comfortable environment. Each one will be equipped with “soft mattresses and comfortable bedding, comforting heated floor, practical kitchenette, and much more,” to ensure the most luxurious stay possible.


Half constructed building with two people standing in front of it.
This winter youll be able to experience a relaxing stay at a beautiful chalet in Franklin while experiencing views of the Valley PHOTO Provided


This project has been in the works for years and was approved by the Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ) in advance to avoid any hiccups. “This did not delay the work. We know that we have to plan projects several years in advance to ensure that there are no pitfalls at this level,” says Benny.

Spas were hit hard throughout the pandemic lockdowns. Benny explains, “We had to close for 12 months [non-consecutive] since March 2020.” Despite having to be closed for the equivalent of a year, they were able to use this time to their advantage. “Since the company was already expanding at that time, we took advantage of the periods of closure without customers to make expansions and prepare for the reopenings. Since the site includes several small stations, the clientele was there without fear despite the pandemic.”

Spa Franklin offers a special deal each month that is posted on the spa’s website. “It is important to know that at Spa Franklin, we advocate quality over quantity. We don’t offer a ton of promotions or discounts, but we do limit the number of people on site at any one time, which provides an unparalleled relaxation experience.”

The mini chalets will be opening this winter, though an exact date has not yet been announced.

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