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Relax and Rejuvenate: 8 Incredible Spas in Canada with a Hotel Stay to Match

By , September 13th, 2018

In true Canadiana fashion, the country’s top spa sanctuaries take full advantage of our abundant natural resources, rugged beauty, and rich heritage. Be they destination getaways or city-centre pit stops, these select spas encapsulate the best Canada has to offer on achieving total rejuvenation — mind, body and soul.

One other thread that ties together these luxuriating locales is the distinct Canadian charm – friendly and authentic, with no need for airs, just open arms and healing hands. When you get right down to it, ample pampering – coast-to-coast – is one of the many things Canada does best.

 

8 Incredible Spas in Canada

Royston, British Columbia

Pacific Mist Spa at Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa is a seaside wellness sanctuary focusing on sea ingredients to revive the body and soul. The main event here is the unique Pacific Mist Hydropath, a grotto-like hydrotherapy circuit taking guests through eight stations, including detoxifying mineral pools, a cave full of hot waterfalls, a steam room and a relaxing salt-scrub and soak to finish off. You will also find a list of massages, body treatments and facials, a daily schedule of yoga glasses, an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, sauna and steam cave, and a fitness room with a personal trainer.

The resort complex features an invigorating mix of tourists and locals, dishing out destination fine-dining, an upscale lounge and patio, and a landscaped garden peppered with gas fireplaces.

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Banff, Alberta

Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs

The Rocky Mountain air, geothermal mineral pools and extremely practiced healing hands at this 38,000-square-foot Alberta spa will melt your cares away in a heartbeat. The list of high-profile awards is almost as long as the treatment menu, which offers massage and body experiences, wraps, soaks and advanced facials in 23 rooms. Signature treatments include a two-hour, full-body Ultimate Ascent and an indulging 90-minute Rose Renewal.

The Fairmont Banff Springs is known as the Castle in the Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Banff National Park. Winter and summer, it has been welcoming guests for more than 125 years.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ten Spa at The Fort Garry Hotel

On the 10th floor of The Fort Garry Hotel, this gorgeous spa boasts 11 comfortable treatment rooms, but the star of the show here is the mosaic tiled co-ed hammam and hot-air bathing. Therapists promote both physical and spiritual rejuvenation via ancient Turkish purification rituals. Ten also offers a list of medical-grade laser facial treatments to correct skin imperfections.

The chateau-style Fort Garry is the Grand Old Dame of Winnipeg, a downtown icon built in 1913 that still packs in a loyal following. The fully equipped, 7,000-square-foot fitness center and giant swimming pool help prop up the wellness factor here.

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Tofino, British Columbia

Ancient Cedars Spa at Wickaninnish Inn

Photos courtesy of Anthony Redpath (top right), Kyler Vos (bottom right), and Wickaninnish Inn

One of the top spas in Canada happens to be its most westerly, looking out onto the Pacific Ocean on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast. Just six treatment rooms (including two side-by-side) echo the Wickaninnish Inn‘s cozy atmosphere. In addition to massage, aesthetics and daily Hatha yoga, the spa has a surprisingly large facial list. Signature offerings include an Awakening Treatment incorporating techniques from traditional cleansing rituals of the region’s Indigenous peoples, including a heated basalt stone massage, and a firming and hydrating seaweed body polish.

At the Wickaninnish Inn, guests are secretly happy when it rains, because they get to simply sink into the hotel’s creature comforts for a few days. With Pacific Northwestern cuisine, direct access to dramatic Chesterman Beach and the untamed beauty of the surroundings, the Inn is a natural holiday habitat.

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Grafton, Ontario

Ste. Anne’s Spa

Canada’s largest destination spa is 90 minutes east of Toronto on 400 acres of bucolic farmland, rustic and real. Visitors to Ste. Anne’s Spa check in for an overnight or a long weekend to take advantage of massages and body wraps, reiki and reflexology, plus a full list of facials. Contrary to the norm, no shushing is allowed and noise is encouraged. Some treatments can be administered outdoors in fair weather. Facilities include a fieldstone grotto, outdoor pool, tranquillity garden, walking trails and horse stables.

The quaint, 15-room main inn and seven nearby spa cottages offer a variety of accommodation, augmented by wholesome and healthful food, including a gluten-free bakery. This special health haven is great for a romantic retreat, a stress break or a weekend with the girls.

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Montreal, Quebec

Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau near Hotel William Gray

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This floating spa on a boat in the city’s Old Port lets the St. Lawrence River lull guests into a state of total relaxation. Bota Bota is renowned for its Nordic Bath water circuit, which includes saunas, a steam bath and a cold dip, followed by time in the outdoor whirlpool overlooking the river and city. Following that, there are plenty of nooks to curl up for a nap.

The spa offers face and body treatments, scrubs and wraps, plus aesthetics. A large list of more inventive treatments includes a weightless Midwater Treatment of rocking and stretching in the pool, a tension-releasing Kobi Yoko facial and a special massage given with the accompaniment of a live harpist. Finish up with a glass of something at the large pool and bar area on-land.

The Hôtel William Gray in Old Montreal is a pleasant 15-minute walk up the embankment. This boutique property overlooking Place Jacques Cartier is housed in two historical buildings that date back to the 18th century. Its environs yield a nice mix of old and new, with lots of light, high design and amazing rooftop views.

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Bromont, Quebec

Balnea Spa near Château Bromont

Quebec’s largest spa is set in the pastoral Eastern Townships on a private lake surrounded by rolling hills and thick forest one hour east of Montreal. Its famous thermal experience comprises panoramic saunas, a thermal waterfall, a sweat lodge and a Turkish bath. Your daycation can also include hiking and yoga, seasonal cuisine and a mix of traditional and modern treatments, including the indulgent, multisensory four-hand massage with chocolate and grapeseed oil.

If you don’t feel like leaving, attach your Balnea experience with a stay up the road at the 164-room Domaine Château-Bromont at the foot of the Bromont Mountain. This little upmarket retreat is a coveted destination for golf during the summer and skiing during the winter. Guests take advantage of outdoor whirlpools, serene walking paths — and the nearby Chocolate Museum.

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Wallace, Nova Scotia

Dol-às Spa at Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa

At the Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa’s secluded coastal retreat on the Northumberland Strait, the spa menu is full of massages, body polishes, mud therapies, facials and aesthetics, including an indulgent Experience Everything list where you can be pampered for more than five hours. The customizable, 90-minute Awakening treatment combines hydrotherapy and massage, or a body wrap and exfoliation.

Nova Scotia’s award-winning oceanfront resort is a destination for those who love the great outdoors. The 85 studio suites, executive suites and ocean-view townhomes are stocked with an abundance of amenities, including kitchenettes. The huge list of recreational pursuits includes horseback riding, fly fishing and sea kayaking. The championship golf course is among the best in North America, its links having hosted the likes of Bill Clinton, Charles Barkley and Tiger Woods.

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