Six of the best:
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.
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.