- 03 indoor mineral pools with cascading waterfalls at Banff Willowstream
- 102 degrees Fahrenheit in Manitou natural hot springs
- 08 minute helicopter ride to practice yoga in the unspoiled Alberta Icefields
Crunch barefoot over glittering powder snow to a steamy hot spring pool in the Rocky Mountains. Sink into the warm waters, feel snowflakes cool your face. Stretch and bend at a yoga camp by a crystal clear lake in Manitoba, paddle to a distant shore, looking forward to a massage when you arrive. Lie back and enjoy the sensation of being wrapped in a skin-soothing blend of local mineral mud or hand-harvested Vancouver Island seaweed. Discover a muscle-melting ritual as old as time at the nordic baths of Quebec. Let the spas of Canada soothe your spirit and smooth your body.
- Soar high above the Rocky Mountains in a helicopter. Ascend to a higher plane and practice yoga in an alpine meadow. Learn to meditate surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty on a Heli-Yoga tour.
- Swim out in silky waters under the blue skies at Banff's Willow Stream Spa in the 20m heated outdoor pool. Refreshing on a warm day with the sun on your face, magical in winter as the snow falls.
- Step into the steaming waters and take a dip into First Nations history in the Rocky Mountains hot springs. Discover the Rockies hottest hot spring at Miette, a muscle-melting 40°C (104°F) in the Fiddle Valley in Jasper National Park.
- Wake to elk nibbling the grass on your lawn at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Spend the day exploring the 10,000 sq foot luxury spa sink into therapeutic mineral baths, feel invigorated by rain showers and deluxe glacial-inspired steam rooms.
- Relax and rebalance with a West Coast Sacred Sea treatment at the Ancient Cedars Spa. Feel your skin tingle with a sea-salt scrub, re-hydrate with locally-gathered seaweed. Later, walk on Chesterman's Beach and feel the seaspray on your face.
- Discover a unique experience when east meets west at the Echo Valley Ranch and Spa, a glorious collaboration between a traditional western ranch and luxury Thai spa.
- Enjoy eco-adventures at a true wilderness resort. Feel pampered from head to toe at the Sonora Resort. Soak in the hot pools. Luxuriate in an outdoor massage.
- A secret outdoor hot tub in the heart of the city. A spa flooded by daylight high on the fifth floor. Experience a bone-meltingly good massage at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Willow Stream Spa then wrap up snugly in a fleecy blanket and relax on a cabana bed, enjoying the warmth from the flickering fire pit.
- Give the gift of massage to each other as you and your partner book the Couples Educational Massage. Or try the Wasagaming Ritual and let nutrient-rich, west-coast seaweed nourish your body as you relax in an alpha massage capsule at Solstice Spa in Manitoba’s Elkhorn Resort.
- Re-connect with your body on a weekend of canoe paddling, camping and yoga surrounded by the ancient granite of the Canadian Shield. Breathe in the fresh scent of pine forests, enjoy morning sunrises over a serene lake, practice yoga and meditation with Northern Soul's expert teachers.
- Try a steamy experience at the Ten Spa hamam at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg. Scrub your body with aromatic salts, then rest on a marble platform and let the heat and steam relax your mind and body. Sample a traditional 'kese' gommage or a rose oil massage. Sip cooling mint tea. Feel rejuvenated.
- Luxury and gourmet cooking await at the Chic Choc Mountain Lodge. Relax with a soothing massage after a day exploring the mountains. Slide into the hot tub, watch the sunset blaze over stunning scenery.
- Experience the traditional hospitality and healing therapies of the First Nations Huron-Wendat people at the Centre Nations Sante Spa. Tight muscles are soothed under a pounding waterfall, enjoy a massage in a traditional yurt, experience a unique native experience.
- Escape for a day in the mountains of Mont-Tremblant on the shores of the Diable River to the Scandinave Spa. Rejuvenate and cleanse your body and mind in a cycle of hot baths, refreshing cold plunges then peaceful rest in the invigorating country air.
- Escape the fast-paced world at the Montebello Resort and Spa. Enjoy a romantic retreat in a soaker tub for two and a couples' side-by-side treatment tables therapy room. Make it a girlfriends' getaway in the Salon du Soleil with manis and pedis. Treat yourself to a solo spa day and feel your cares disappear as you relax by the fireplace in the Salon La Clairière.
- You can see the steam rise from the boat moored on the banks of the Old Port in Montréal. Step on board and walk into the world of Bota Bota. Classic nordic spa-ing in the heart of the city. Stretch out in a hot tub on the ship's deck, look at the cityscape. Take a plunge into the cold pool, feel your heart race.
- Immerse yourself in the geothermal mineral-rich therapeutic waters at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort. Swim and float in the largest indoor/outdoor mineral pool in Canada in naturally warm waters drawn from an ancient seabed more than 4,500 ft below the earth's surface.
- Discover a natural spa experience found only in a few places in the world. Float your cares away in the mineral-rich buoyant waters of Manitou Springs. Experience weightlessness thanks to the density of salts and minerals in the water.
- Slather your skin in natural and organic, chemical-free spa products at the Salacia Spa Elk Ridge. Feel tight muscles unwind under the soothing warm jets of a Vichy shower. Feel close to nature, in the lap of luxury, in lush forest next to the Prince Albert National Park and Waskesiu.
- Come snow, rain or blazing blue skies, any weather is great for a Canadian spa experience. Nothing feels as good as snowflakes falling on your skin as you lie with your shoulders submerged in a natural hot spring in the mountains. Except, perhaps, enjoying the sun on your face as you enjoy a pool-side massage in August!
- Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
- The Nordic spas of Quebec and British Columbia are enjoyable year-round. Decide if you want to combine with a snowy mountain experience through November to April or alpine meadows between July and September.
- Peak season for ski destination spas is mid-December until mid-January.
- Yoga retreats are mostly organised in summer months between July and September.
- Always tell your therapist if you have any allergies or medical conditions which might affect your spa treatment.
- At the vast majority of hot springs in Canada, bathing suits are required to be worn.
- If you prefer to have a male or female therapist, tell the spa when you booking your appointment.
- Tipping is expected at Canadian spas, between 10%-20% if you have enjoyed your treatment.