Spa Life E-Magazine Issue 2 Vol. 15 Summer Gourmet 2015 - Page 13

Best Woodsy Ambience

Arriving at the grounds of Winnipeg’s Thermea Nordik-Spa is a recipe for immediate relaxation. Your thermal experience is permission to check in for the day at Thermea. More importantly, it is permission to check out of your normal day-to-day stresses. Three baths (hot, cold and temperate), three saunas, woodsy outdoor and indoor spaces, promise to create your own interior calm. If you’ve never done the Nordik experience of ‘hot, plunge in the cold and relax’ routine, you’re in for a treat. The tingling integration after the first plunge will have your body thinking it’s a glass of champagne. Your internal Zen-like feeling will linger, long after you leave.

Best Iconic Castle Indulgence

Feel like royalty as you’re pampered at the Fairmont Banff Spring’s award-winning Willow Stream Spa. Alberta’s “Castle in the Rockies” is renowned in the area. Reminiscent of the hot springs that beckoned travellers to Banff over 100 years ago, the three cascading waterfall plunge pools and mineral pool in the heart of the spa will rejuvenate and soothe. The spectacular mountain scenery and healing properties of the alpine air are even more pronounced when contrasted while you lounge in the majestic outdoor hot pool.

Best Spa to Embrace Nature

The Spa at the Fairmont

Jasper Park Lodge is

snugged into the

fabulous forest setting

of Jasper National Park.

The fresh air, mountain

vistas, majestic forests

and cool streams, inspires

the spa’s design. All spa

experiences allow guests

to participate in nature’s

gifts – from lavender-

infused stone massages to a truly Canadiana maple-butter body wrap, as close as you’ll ever get to being mistaken for French Toast. Each treatment is categorized to either relieve or restore. The results and the benefits of each treatment are described, allowing you to choose the perfect treatment just for you.

Colleen Friesen spends way too much time in airports. She travels as much as possible but hates to leave her Vancouver apartment. 

Yes, she is a Gemini. She is also an award-winning member of the Travel Media Association of Canada and a serious massage junkie.

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