NORDIC SPA

Kananaskis makes a big splash with its very pa­tri­otic ver­sion of water ther­apy

Best Health - - CONTENTS - by BETH THOMP­SON

Ex­plore this Cana­di­ana-meets-Nor­we­gian haven in the Rockies

LOOK­ING FOR A NORDIC SPA EX­PE­RI­ENCE, EH? Leave it to the folks in the Cana­dian Rockies to come up with a con­cept that takes the best of the tra­di­tional of­fer­ings and cre­ates a uniquely Canuck-fo­cused ex­pe­ri­ence.

The brand-new Kananaskis Nordic Spa — about an hour out­side of Cal­gary — is part of the re­cently ren­o­vated Pomeroy Kananaskis Moun­tain Lodge, an Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion ho­tel.

The spa is a jewel nes­tled in the heart of the moun­tains and pine forests of Al­berta, says Jen­nifer Buck­ler, vice pres­i­dent of spa & devel­op­ment: “We’ve taken the phi­los­o­phy and prac­tices of Nordic well­ness, and cre­ated an orig­i­nal de­sign. This is a space that re­flects not only our lo­ca­tion, but the Cana­dian way of life; a dif­fer­ent take on the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Nordic spa style of re­pair, re­lax­ation and re­ju­ve­na­tion.”

You’ll find the Cana­di­ana in the de­tails: think camp­fire set­tings for so­cial in­ter­ac­tion; red tar­tan robes in­stead of white terry cloth; and a li­censed bistro that of­fers a good se­lec­tion of beers.

And, if you’re a spa purist who only wants the water ex­pe­ri­ence, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed. The spa comes com­plete with a se­ries of hot, salt­wa­ter, and cold plunge pools. There are three dif­fer­ent sauna types: a bar­rel sauna, banya sauna and Fin­nish sauna, as well as a eu­ca­lyp­tus and al­chemist steam cabin in­fused with se­lect aro­mather­apy oils. Heaven! The ex­fo­li­a­tion cabin — a space in­spired by the tra­di­tional Turk­ish ham­mam — houses a se­lec­tion of salts for self­ex­fo­li­a­tion of the skin. See page 69 for de­tails on a true Turk­ish ham­mam.

Drive up from Cal­gary for the day, or stay on the premises. Room op­tions start at the ba­sic dou­ble queen and go up to lux­ury ex­ec­u­tive suites.

There are plenty of on-site food op­tions, in­clud­ing Black­tail Bar (you have to try the Brant Lake Wagyu House Burger); Mar­ket Café, a grab-and-go shop that of­fers Star­bucks cof­fee; or the main din­ing room, Forte, that caters to all taste buds.

THE OUT­DOOR BATH EX­PE­RI­ENCE IS EN­HANCED BY THE EVER­PRE­SENT SCENT OF PINE

CHAR­CU­TERIE AT THE BLACK­TAIL BAR COMES WITH WILD BOAR PÂTÉ AND HOUSE PICK­LES THE LODGE’S WEL­COM­ING LOBBY IN­CLUDES A FIRE­PLACE THAT’S AL­WAYS ROAR­ING WITH LIFE

HYDROTHERAPY LOVERS WILL AP­PRE­CI­ATE THE VAR­I­OUS WATER OP­TIONS

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