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Top 5 Spa Treatments in the Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies are known for fast-paced activities like alpine skiing, mountain running, cross country skiing, biking, hiking, and rapid-fire Instagram posts. But sometimes, it’s nice to slow down, relax a little, and soothe your body after a day (or days) of mountain pursuits. Even if you haven’t pushed your body to its physical limits, there is no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of the exceptional spa treatments available in the Canadian Rockies; a little self-care goes a long way.

1. Aromatic Moor Mud Wrap

Winter’s cold weather can be really hard on our skin. Battling the frigid temperatures of the outdoors and the dry air of the indoors can leave skin feeling a little lizard-like, especially if you’re not used to the climate of the Rocky Mountains.

At Wild Orchid Salon and Spa in Jasper, indulge in a Moor Mud wrap to exfoliate your skin and absorb the rich vitamins, minerals and enzymes of the warm aromatic mud. Wash away the mud (and your stress) in a cleansing steam shower before your skin is moisturized with high-quality products.

If you are someone who is prone to chronic pain, fatigue, rheumatism/arthritis pain, or post-sports injury, this treatment will alleviate sore muscles, aches and pains as your body’s circulation is stimulated.

To request an appointment, call 780-852-2111

Moor Mud Wrap Wild Orchid Jasper







2. Purifying Detox Facial

A new addition to the Spa at the Chateau Lake Louise, the Purifying Detox 60-Minute Facial is created to address all skin types and to help reverse environmental signs of aging. Unique purifying products powered by fruit enzymes, purple clay and essential oils, detox and deep clean your skin so that you can make the most of your wellness experience in Lake Louise.

To book an appointment, call +1 403 522 1545

Detox Facial at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise








3. Couple’s Massage

Relax and connect during a couple’s massage at Wildflower Massage and Esthetics in Canmore. While two people receive massages from two different therapists at the same time, a couple’s massage can encourage bonding and mindfulness, and it’s a great way to carve out time with a partner.

While studies have shown that couples who work out together report higher levels of connectedness and motivation, it’s also important to slow down and share in the recovery together, too. The benefits of massage will see both partners with reduced pain, anxiety, and stress.

Book online or call 403.678.4644

Couples massage at Wildflower in Canmore









4. Signature Pedicure

When was the last time you thought about taking care of your feet? And not just putting on clean socks or keeping your toes warm, but really taking care of your feet? Our feet go through a lot: we shove our toes into too-tight ski boots, we wear fashionably freezing footwear, we step on pieces of abandoned Lego, and more than once, a toe has stubbed the corner of a bedframe.

At the Meadow Spa in Banff, thank your feet for all they do by getting a Signature Pedicure. The pedicure includes a soak, cuticle work, nail shaping, exfoliation, a soothing foot mud wrap, a lower-leg massage, a paraffin treatment, and a pressure point massage on the bottoms of the feet.

Call 866-379-0022 or 403-760-8577 to book your appointment

Pedicure Room at Meadow Spa Banff








5. Mountain Hot Stone Massage

No trip to the Canadian Rockies should ever be complete without a visit to the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs, and no one should ever go without a hot stone massage. In a Mountain Hot Stone Massage, feel the release and relief of deep-seated tension. During your treatment, an expert therapist uses a combination of hot basalt river stones, healing hands, and a warmed oil blend of lavender, ylang ylang, ginger and eucalyptus. You will leave with a feeling of increased mobility and relaxed muscles, while the aromatic oil blend will leave your senses feeling uplifted.

Call (403) 762-1772 for more information or to book your treatment.

Hot Stone Massage Fairmont








Do you want to relax in a spa setting without getting a treatment? Many spas allow clients to use their facilities by paying an access fee. Among many features, the Willow Stream Spa boasts three waterfall whirlpools and an indoor European mineral pool that are guaranteed to melt away your stresses and soothe your soul. At Meadow Spa in Banff, you can access the rooftop pools, private spa hot pool, sauna and fitness facility. Call for bookings and availability.

Fairmont Banff Springs Mineral Pool
















By: Nicky Pacas

Top 5 Shops For Natural Necessities

   Soothing botanical ingredients and eco-friendly pampering products head the list of natural necessities for everybody and mind.

   Hand it to the Blacksmith Parlour (pictured) to provide the modern man’s answer to great grooming. The company’s signature all-natural whiskey pine aloe scrub, manicure and warm towel wrap are part of the popular Woodsmen’s Hand Treatment. 289 Garry St, 204-977-8267, blacksmithparlour.com
   Those who love to nourish skin with pure mineral products will covet the Jane Iredale pure makeup line available at
The Magic Room luxury day spa. 264 Edmonton St, 204-943-6702, magicroomspa.com
   St. Boniface’s
Di Erbe Inc. creates premium handmade vegan soaps and certified organic skincare products, ideal for those with sensitive skin. 111 Marion St, 204-415-7888, dierbe.ca,
   Sink into the soft spa-like comfort with the help of Talesma’s Turkish bathrobes available at
Humboldt’s Legacy. Made with finest quality organic cotton and bamboo, it’s loomed for luxuriant softness and absorbency. 167 Lilac St, 204-772-1404, humboldtslegacy.com
     A spritz of Aveda’s Chakra Balancing Body Mist is the perfect travelling companion. Pure plant essences will balance mood and revitalize the spirit with seven soothing scents. Available at Aveda Institute. 80 Rorie St, 204-452-7380, avedainstitute.ca

Niagara is for Everyone: Romance at the Falls



Soar over the region’s lush landscape with a tour from Niagara Helicopters, which lands at one of several wineries including Hillebrand Estates and Peller Estates for lunch and a tour.

Stay on land but retain the romance with a horse-drawn carriage ride in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake. Sentineal Carriages offers 30-, 45-minute and hour-long narrated tours through Old Town.

Stop and smell the roses—all 2,400 of them!—at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Spread across 40 hectares, the grounds are lushly maintained with the likes of rhododendrons, azaleas and vegetable and herb plantings. NPC_3716


Get pampered and unwind with a couples massage. Both The Spa at White Oaks and Spa on the Twenty offer side-by-side massages, but the latter can also teach couples the proper techniques to knead out each other’s knots. For a truly indulgent experience, book the Time for Two service at Five Lakes Spa Aveda, which includes a massage, facial and pedicure for two.

Have a romantic dinner amongst the stars at the Revolving Dining Room at Skylon Tower, which is perched 236 metres above ground offering a spectacular view of the falls, which is particularly pretty at nighttime when it’s illuminated.



A Kid-Friendly Itinerary

4 Fun Activities in Jasper

By Where Staff


Biking with a Bonus

The family friendly 7.5-km combo of the Town Trail, Big Horn Alley and Trail 7 is minutes from Jasper bike rental shops. Follow historic train tracks and the Athabasca River to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Double back for twice the fun or make it a loop. Tip: ride the shores of Lac Beauvert and stop for a hike at Old Fort Point.

Pampering Pleasure 

At Wild Orchid Salon & Spa, exfoliations and aromatherapy add-ons enhance your massage or pedicure experience. Treatments are customized. “We help each client achieve the results they’re seeking,” says co-owner Heather Johnson.

Super Hero Sensation

Zipline face first 200 feet above terra firma; don’t forget to breathe (and enjoy the Roche Miette mountain view). At Zipline Adventure, adrenaline junkies ask for the cable to be loosened to create a base-jumping sensation, while anxious riders overcome nerves by riding tandem.

In-Flight Service 

The seven-minute Jasper SkyTram ride to the top of Whistlers Mountain offers more than a pretty view. ‘Flight attendants’ tell guests about the history, geography, plants and wildlife of Jasper National Park and answer questions. This personal service is unique to Canadian Rockies sightseeing lifts. The on-board guides also work as tramcar operators.

Hot Shopping: Spa Day

Unwind with a friend at Holtz Spa, located downtown.

Pamper yourself this month with a relaxing outing at Holtz Spa and feel the stress slip away. (It’s the perfect place to spend some alone time or catch up with a pal.) From pedicures to skin care to body wraps, this oasis is the total package. We recommend trying out the new Canadian-inspired treatments, such as the seasonal Maple Luscious Hot Stone Massage. 45 Rideau St. (second floor), 613-241-7770.