Six of the best:

Al­berta spas

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Nordic Spa Kananaskis

An hour west of Cal­gary, close to the newly ren­o­vated Pomeroy Kananaskis Lodge, the Nordic spa har­nesses the heal­ing pow­ers of the Cana­dian out­doors. ‘Hot, warm, cold, rest, re­peat’ is its mantra with guests en­cour­aged to move from sooth­ing hot pools, saunas, steam rooms and even heated ham­mocks to in­vig­o­rat­ing cold-wa­ter plunge pools sur­rounded by alpine for­est and looked over by the rugged moun­tains of Kananaskis Coun­try.

Jasper Park Lodge Spa

Af­ter a day of hik­ing in the Rock­ies or ski­ing in Mar­mot Basin, this cosy lodge-style ho­tel’s 10,000 square-foot spa is a great place to un­wind. There are rain show­ers, hy­drother­apy baths and treat­ments us­ing lux­u­ri­ous and nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents in keep­ing with the alpine sur­round­ings, such as glacial stone mas­sages. The ho­tel’s hot tub looks out over a lake to snow­capped moun­tains and elk of­ten graze close-by.

Banff Up­per Hot Springs

It was the sooth­ing wa­ters of these nat­u­ral hot springs that first drew peo­ple to Banff and vis­i­tors have been go­ing there to soak for over 100 years now. At 1,585 me­tres el­e­va­tion, this is the high­est op­er­at­ing hot spring in Canada, sur­rounded by ma­jes­tic moun­tains and fresh pine-scented air. It’s the ul­ti­mate moun­tain re­treat and a great place for stargaz­ing – if you can peer through the steam to the vel­vet skies above.

Modern Grav­ity, Ed­mon­ton

This city spa is lo­cated in Ed­mon­ton’s up-and-com­ing Hol­land Plaza, an old uni­form fac­tory where health and hap­pi­ness now seems to be top of the agenda. Along­side Life­style Med­i­ta­tion, Barre Body Stu­dio and trendy ea­ter­ies like The Lo­cal Om­ni­vore and Cafe Lin­nea, Modern Grav­ity of­fers floata­tion ther­apy and sen­sory de­pri­va­tion in its tanks – the ul­ti­mate re­lax­ation ex­pe­ri­ence and an­ti­dote to city hus­tle and bus­tle.

Swiz­zleSticks, Cal­gary

This award-win­ning sa­lon and spa is a well­ness oa­sis in Cal­gary’s trendy Kens­ing­ton Vil­lage, a pop­u­lar area for shop­ping with over 250 unique bou­tiques, restau­rants and busi­nesses – from record stores to cof­fee spots to toy shops to florists. Af­ter pound­ing the pave­ments Swiz­zleSticks is the per­fect place to re­lax, with treat­ments in­clud­ing a Moroc­can Clay Rit­ual us­ing tra­di­tional Rhas­soul Clay to draw out im­pu­ri­ties and warm ar­gan oil to hy­drate.

L’ Spa and Well­ness Cen­tre, Grande Prairie

For those ex­plor­ing the north west’s wide open spa­ces, Grande Prairie is a nat­u­ral stop with at­trac­tions like the Phillip J Cur­rie Di­nosaur Mu­seum. But if vis­i­tors want to re­lax, other than Muskoseepi Park’s green spa­ces a trip to the spa could be just the ticket. Owned by spa junkie blog­ger Leah Podol­lan, L’Spa’s treat­ment rooms boast in­di­vid­ual cli­mate con­trol, am­bi­ent sounds, wa­ter­falls and tran­quil­ity can­dles.

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