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hot springs

Fitness & Spas in Banff & Canmore

Feb. 28, 2016
By Where Writers

Elevation Place

Elevation Place

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.


4 Rejuvenating Canadian Rockies Spas

Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

By Where Staff

Spa Treatments

The Stay Active Rx deep-tissue massage at the Fairmont Banff Springs’ Willow Stream Spa targets sore muscles with a warm Indonesian ginger-oil blend and uses cooling elements to soothe inflammation. Soak in the relaxing mineral pools before and after for ultimate restoration.

The 60-minute Tropical Escape Wrap is a Rimrock Resort Hotel Spa  favourite. Certified therapists (your choice of male or female) exfoliate with a salt scrub, then hydrate with a papaya and pineapple infused wrap. Warm waters applied by the six-showerhead Vichy bar further soothe winter-stressed skin. Add a mini facial or a scalp massage with warm conditioning argan oil.


Western Canada’s 12 Best Hot Springs


Lussier Hot Springs (Photo: Tourism BC/Dave Heath)

With cool nights year-round in the Canadian Rockies and on Canada’s the west coast, a soak in a warm pool is a welcome end to a hard day on the trail or a bonus for surviving another work week. The lack of options in eastern Canada isn’t an oversight: the subterranean thermal activity that feeds the springs only exists out west. (more…)

Young and Hot: Miette Hot Springs

courtesy Canadian Rockies Hot Springs / Lee Simmons

Miette Hot Springs’ (p 148) 54°C/129°F waters are the hottest in the Canadian Rockies; they are cooled to 40°C/104°F for bathing comfort. Hike the 0.7 km/0.4 mi interpretive trail past historic 1938 aquacourt remnants to the spring source. Here, steaming mineral water emerges from porous gray-brown tufa calcifications; the youngest rocks in the Rockies. By Lisa Stephens