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.
By Where Staff
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.
By WAHEEDA HARRIS
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…)
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