3 Of the best wilderness wellness retreats in Canada

Check out these 3 wellness retreats in western Canada

Customize your own wellness retreat in Tofino (Photo credit: John Kelsey Photography)

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.

3 Of the best wilderness wellness retreats in Canada

When you’re in touch with nature, you’re usually in touch with yourself. (Photo credit: @leehorbachewski)

Hit a nature day spa at Kananaskis Nordic Spa

Newly opened at Delta Lodge at 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.

Kananaskis Nordic Spa is the latest wellness retreat in Canada. (Photo credit: @leehorbachewski)

Wellness weekends in Lake Louise

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 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 yoga and meditation. They’ve got one on creative writing, mindful eating and my favourite is the spirit medicine one coming up in April. For spirit medicine, they’re bringing in a legit MD who’s also been trained with ancient therapies (think: acupuncture, herbs, energy healing, etc..).

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At Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, you’ll be able to tap into the energy of the mountains. (Photo credit: Shannon Kaiser)

We don’t have many weight loss spas or weight loss camps for adults in Canada, but this Fairmont 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’s coming in May? (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.

Wellness retreats in Tofino

It’s not difficult to get grounded in this oceanfront town on Vancouver island. I found myself totally chill after spending five days here with my daughter in November. (You can read about our adventures here.)

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It’s a fine balancing act when trying yoga SUP in Tofino. (Photo credit: John Kelsey)

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 B.C. retreat

For those seeking a life-changing wellness reboot, look no further than this boutique Mountain Trek fitness retreat in beautiful British Columbia.

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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By |2018-06-17T12:43:29+00:00March 14th, 2018|Categories: Health & Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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6 Comments

  1. Claudia 19.03.2018 at 15:10 - Reply

    I LOVE wellness retreats, and your three picks are certainly western gems. I need to get the new Kananaskis Nordic spa, it looks positively fabulous!

    • Jody 20.03.2018 at 10:47 - Reply

      Yes, you need to come!

  2. Katja 20.03.2018 at 10:25 - Reply

    Oh, which one to choose?! I think I may just have to spend a week at each, they all look absolutely wonderful.

    • Jody 20.03.2018 at 10:48 - Reply

      Wouldn’t that be divine? I never thought about doing that. It is possible…

  3. Dianne Sivulka 21.03.2018 at 08:29 - Reply

    I’m thinking girls’ weekend! These places look amazing!

    • Jody 21.03.2018 at 09:31 - Reply

      It’s the perfect spot for a girl’s weekend!

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