Who here typically returns home from their vacation well rested? Crickets, right? Most of us are guilty of packing too much into our too short vacations. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you tend to overindulge on your holidays and manage to gain a few pounds. Luckily, the wellness travel trend shows no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re looking for a weight loss camp for adults or a quick wellness weekend, there are several options in Canada. If you actually want to feel rejuvenated after your vacation, check out these wilderness wellness retreats in Western Canada.
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Best wellness retreats in Western Canada
Kananaskis Nordic Spa
Newly opened at Pomeroy Lodge Kananaskis, Kananaskis Nordic Spa is a tonic for both outdoor adventurers and city slickers wanting to get grounded in nature. This modern alpine sanctuary focuses on the great outdoors with wellness treatments derived from nature. In true Nordic spa fashion, the facility sports loads of saunas, steam rooms and outdoor pools. In June, Phase Two opens with even more hydrotherapy options. For more deets, check out the comprehensive review I wrote here.
Lake Louise spa and wellness retreats
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has a spa and runs several wellness retreats each spring and fall. The hotel partners with experts in a variety of fields for wellness retreats that go way beyond the spa, yoga and meditation. They’ve got one on creative writing, mindful eating and my favourite is the spirit medicine one. For spirit medicine, they’re bringing in a legit MD who’s also been trained with ancient therapies (think: acupuncture, herbs, energy healing, etc..).
We don’t have many weight loss spas or weight loss camps for adults in Canada, but this Lake Louise gem runs several wellness weekends that would fit the bill if you’re looking to become more mindful about how you treat your body.
Do you remember when Oprah was all over Eckhart Tolle and his book A New Earth? Well guess who came in May 2017 (It’s Tolle, not Oprah:) Consider this your warning. You know that one’s going to sell out quickly. All Fairmont Lake Louise retreats include: accommodation, healthy meals, classes and access to the experts. Spa treatments not included.
It’s not difficult to get grounded in Tofino. This oceanfront town on Vancouver island is totally chill and the surf’s up all year long. Surfing in Tofino is something you can do on your own, in a class or on a full on retreat. In fact, Tofino has a number of spa, yoga and surf retreats to choose from.
In Tofino, you can totally customize your own wellness retreat. Tofino Yoga offers packages that can be done anytime of year. That means you get beach yoga, surf lessons, SUP, yoga, massage and life leadership classes at the convenience of your holiday schedule. You set the time. You ought to budget two and half days (ideally three and half) to make your own wellness vacation.
Tofino Yoga also has organized five day retreats that include accommodation at Tofino Ecolodge, plus more time for coastal exploration. The next one is running in June.
Bonus health retreat B.C.
For those seeking a life-changing wellness reboot, look no further than this boutique Mountain Trek fitness retreat in beautiful British Columbia. This B.C. health retreat is intense. No alcohol, crack of dawn wake up calls and lots of hiking. You will for sure lose weight if that’s your goal. They also offer plenty of lifestyle classes to make sure all those good health habits you adopted during this retreat, don’t fly out the window when you get home.
Have you ever gone on a wellness retreat in Canada? I’d love to hear where you went and how you enjoyed it.
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