Feb. 28, 2016
By Where Writers
Drop in to Get Fit
Start your day in Banff with an invigorating Early Bird Yoga vinyasa flow class at Sally Borden Fitness & Recreation, Wednesdays 6:45 to 7:45 am. Dynamic instructor (and local yogis’ favourite) Erin Evans leads. In Canmore, the Wednesday Sweat & Sculpt class, 6:45 to 7:30 pm at Elevation Place, is challenging, results-focused and fun. Rotating instructors put their own spin on sessions. Fees ($13/$15) include gym and pool use.
A hot stone massage at Red Earth Spa or Rimrock Spa & Fitness in Banff is a soothing treat. Rocks placed directly on the skin or wrapped in cloth for more sensitive areas draw tension from back, arm and leg muscles. The therapy relaxes the body and calms the mind.
Make a Splash
Water fun is on tap at the Canmore Elevation Place’s Aquatics Centre with kids’ area, lazy river, high-speed slide and pool. Swim laps in the eight-lane pool, take an aquafit class, or relax in the hot tub or steam room. In Banff, the Douglas Fir Indoor Waterpark has two big waterslides, a kiddy pool and Jacuzzi. Or enjoy The Banff Centre’s 25-metre pool, hot tub, wading pool and steam rooms.
Take winter’s chill off in the sauna at Banff’s new Cedar & Sage Co. Infrared heat generates milder heat than a traditional sauna, and promotes relaxation and circulation. Cool down after with a refresher from the juice bar featuring 19 ingredients. Enjoy your drink in the WiFi lounge.
Rejuvenate Dry Winter Skin
At Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs, the Majestic Blue body treatment gets its name from organic mountain lavender with a blue hue due to altitude, says spa sales manager Kasia Wroblewska. A Turkish scrub exfoliates and moisturizes skin, followed by a luxurious wrap and massage with healing, nourishing lavender oil.
Healing Hot Springs
Banff Upper Hot Springs’ toasty mineral waters have always offered respite from winter days. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, they were also renowned for medicinal benefits. Newly-created Banff National Park was given an economic boost when physician Dr. R. G. Brett promoted the springs as “the Banff cure” for rheumatism, gout, dyspepsia and diabetes. Crutches donated by cured patients lined the steps of his Grand View Villa hotel.
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