FIND YOUR PER­FECT SPA

2017 Travel Guide to Canada - - Table Of Contents - BY ANITA DRAY­COTT

Are you seek­ing a ru­ral re­treat? A haven by the sea? A get­away where you can en­joy ta­pas in your bathrobe? Per­haps an an­cient Asian-in­spired rit­ual or the re­ju­ve­nat­ing ben­e­fits of tak­ing the wa­ters? From coast to coast, there’s a Cana­dian spa ex­pe­ri­ence to soothe our body and soul.

COUN­TRY CHARM STE. ANNE’S SPA, GRAFTON, ON

Tucked into the rolling hills of Northum­ber­land County, Ste. Anne’s, at first glance, looks more like a Scot­tish cas­tle than a spa. One en­ters the ram­bling 19th cen­tury field­stone es­tate via a walled peren­nial gar­den. Guests choose from all sorts of treat­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing moor­ish mud baths, hik­ing, paint­ing classes and yoga. Where else can you make a bathrobe your uni­form dur­ing the en­tire stay—whether en route to one of your treat­ments, while sip­ping af­ter­noon tea or en­joy­ing a four-course din­ner?

The gluten-free good­ies from Ste. Anne’s Spa Bak­ery make sweet sou­venirs, es­pe­cially the tarts, now part of the Kawarthas Northum­ber­land But­ter Tart Tour (www.steannes.com).

SPA EAST­MAN, EAST­MAN, QC

Lo­cated in the East­ern Town­ships, about an hour from Mon­tréal, seven pavil­ions house over 40 dis­tinc­tive rooms around a pond with views of Mont Or­ford. The Health Im­mer­sion Pack­age starts the ses­sion with a health coach to de­ter­mine goals, natur­o­pathic and ki­ne­si­ol­ogy con­sul­ta­tions, and a health rou­tine pack­age to take home. The reg­i­men in­cludes three gourmet “tonic” meals and nu­mer­ous daily ac­tiv­i­ties such as hikes, fit­ness classes, work­shops and the use of var­i­ous baths, pools and saunas. Spa East­man was known as the first health and well­ness re­sort in Canada when it opened in 1977; it was re­cently awarded “The Best Spa in Canada” by Spafinder’s 2015 Well­ness Travel Awards in all cat­e­gories com­bined. They also op­er­ate the ur­ban Spa East­man Mon­tréal (www.spa-east­man.com).

MOUN­TAIN RE­TREATS WIL­LOW STREAM SPA, FAIR­MONT BANFF SPRINGS, AB

The Wil­low Stream Spa pays homage to the nat­u­ral min­eral springs that first beck­oned trav­ellers to this “Cas­tle in the Rock­ies” more than a cen­tury ago, while draw­ing en­ergy from the sur­round­ing Rocky Moun­tain set­ting. The in­door min­eral pool pro­vides the ul­ti­mate in re­lax­ation, com­plete with clas­si­cal mu­sic piped in from below. Out­side on the ter­race, in­hale the in­vig­o­rat­ing alpine air while steep­ing in the whirlpool. Many treat­ments in­cor­po­rate lo­cal in­gre­di­ents such as pine, rose oil and moun­tain laven­der (www. fair­mont.com/banff-springs/wil­low-stream).

FOUR SEA­SONS RE­SORT AND RES­I­DENCES WHISTLER, BC

The Four Sea­sons Spa of­fers high al­ti­tude ther­a­pies at the base of Black­comb Moun­tain—a top ski des­ti­na­tion with breath­tak­ing scenery. The sig­na­ture treat­ment starts with an ex­fo­li­at­ing scrub us­ing maple syrup and brown sugar. Next, while co­cooned in a warm clay and al­gae body wrap, a ther­a­pist mas­sages your hair and scalp with Moroc­can oil. A full body mas­sage us­ing detox­i­fy­ing but­ter com­pletes the pam­pered jour­ney. Treat the kids to a Glacier Spa fruit-scented man­i­cure and pedi­cure (www.foursea­sons.com/whistler/spa).

BY THE SEA

THE SPA AT THE AL­GO­NQUIN, ST. AN­DREWS, NB

The Al­go­nquin Re­sort opened in the sea­side re­sort town of St. An­drews in 1889. In 2014, af­ter a $50 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion, the re­sort re­opened as the first Cana­dian prop­erty in Mar­riott’s “Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion.” Com­bined with AVEDA prod­ucts, or­ganic honey from the re­sort’s own hives, fig­ures promi­nently on the spa menu. Try the Laven­der Honey Fa­cial, Warm Honey Body Scrub or Warm Honey Man­i­cure and Pedi­cure. Honey pos­sesses nat­u­ral an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties and antioxidants. It is ex­tremely mois­tur­iz­ing and sooth­ing to the skin (www.al­go­nquin­re­sort.com/spa).

THE DOL-ÁS SPA

FOX HARB’R RE­SORT, WAL­LACE, NS

The re­cently ren­o­vated Dol-ás Spa was named one of the “Top 25 Spas in Canada” in the 2016 Cana­dian Spa & Well­ness Awards. Owned by the multi-mil­lion­aire co-founder of the Tim Hor­tons fast food res­tau­rant chain, the Dol-ás Spa at Fox Harb’r Re­sort ex­cels at pam­per­ing its clien­tele. Con­sider a mas­sage us­ing stones from the sea in the out­door gazebo. The spa of­fers a full range of treat­ments, in­clud­ing a Men`s Ex­ec­u­tive Menu and the Fox Harb’r Sig­na­ture Fa­cial, de­vel­oped ex­clu­sively for the re­sort by CELLCOSMET, an anti-ag­ing skin care line from Switzer­land (www.fox­harbr.com/spa).

ORI­EN­TAL IN­FLU­ENCES SPA OFURO, MORIN-HEIGHTS, QC

Ofuro’s Nordic-style spa of­fers re­plen­ish­ing rit­u­als in sev­eral Asia-in­spired build­ings in the Lau­ren­tian Moun­tain re­treat. Im­merse your­self in a va­ri­ety of hot and cold in­door and out­door pools, steams and saunas. Or take a dip in the river. Try a shi­atsu mas­sage or con­sider a Zen pedi­cure. Pro­long your healthy hol­i­day with a stay in one of five guest rooms on the prop­erty (www. spao­furo.com).

TEN SPA AT THE FORT

GARRY HO­TEL, WIN­NIPEG, MB

Pam­per your­self like a sul­tan. Ten Spa in the Fort Garry Ho­tel of­fers a va­ri­ety of cleans­ing and pu­rifi­ca­tion ther­a­pies mod­elled af­ter the an­cient bathing rit­u­als of the Ot­toman Em­pire. All hamams be­gin with Moroc­can mint tea and a Turk­ish de­light. Af­ter that, chose from sev­eral steamy jour­neys in­clud­ing a self-ad­min­is­tered salt rub, pre­ced­ing a head, scalp and foot mas­sage, olive oil washes and the ap­pli­ca­tion of warm mud. Add on a fa­cial, man­i­cure, pedi­cure and lunch with a glass of bub­bly (www.tenspa.ca).

TAK­ING THE WA­TERS TEM­PLE GAR­DENS HO­TEL & SPA, MOOSE JAW, SK

Take a sooth­ing soak any time of the year in Canada’s largest in­door/out­door ther­a­peu­tic geo­ther­mal min­eral pool on the rooftop of the Tem­ple Gar­dens Ho­tel & Spa. Sim­i­lar to the fa­mous pools in Bath, Eng­land, the “liq­uid gold” wa­ters, piped in from an an­cient un­der­ground seabed, con­tain such com­pounds as Ep­som salts and a va­ri­ety of min­er­als to soothe weary mus­cles and re­lieve ten­sion. At the Sun Tree Spa, aquatic yoga classes take ad­van­tage of the wa­ter’s buoy­ancy to im­prove flex­i­bil­ity and bal­ance in an ex­cep­tional rooftop Prairie set­ting.

The spa also prac­tices the an­cient heal­ing art of re­flex­ol­ogy (www.tem­ple­gar­dens. sk.ca).

SCANDINAVE SPAS, FOUR LO­CA­TIONS ACROSS CANADA

Scandinave Spas are de­signed so guests may re­lax and re­ju­ve­nate by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a cy­cle of heat ther­a­pies, re­fresh­ing cool rinses and re­lax­ation pe­ri­ods. The pre­scribed rou­tine: spend about ten min­utes warm­ing your body in a sauna, eu­ca­lyp­tuss­cented steam bath, hot tub or ther­mal wa­ter­fall. Heat­ing the body helps in­crease blood cir­cu­la­tion, which, in turn, cleanses by pro­mot­ing the elim­i­na­tion of tox­ins. Then it’s time to close the skin’s pores by cool­ing off be­neath a brac­ing Nordic wa­ter­fall or a dip in a cold tub. The third part of Scandinave’s rou­tine is chill-out time. Snooze in the so­lar­ium, swing in a ham­mock or cosy up with a good book and a cup of or­ganic tea. The warm­ing, chill­ing and re­lax­ing steps may be re­peated as of­ten as you wish. Most peo­ple spend at least three hours. The op­tional fi­nal step to ul­ti­mate bliss is a re­lax­ing mas­sage that pro­motes cir­cu­la­tion and recharges the body’s cells by re­leas­ing tox­ins.

Scandinave Spas are lo­cated in Whistler, BC, Blue Moun­tain, ON and in Mon­tTrem­blant and Old Mon­tréal, QC (www. scandinave.com).

LE SCANDINAVE SPA, MONT-TREM­BLANT, QC

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