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The Insider Tips to Montreal Most Locals Don’t Even Know!

Montreal Congress Centre Photo: caribb

The one thing most travellers want to know when they’re going to a new destination is “Where do the locals go?” We scoured our sources for current and former residents for the tips that most locals even don’t know about!

Essential to Toronto: Bloor-Yorkville’s Spa Sale

Jeanet Spa & Salon

OCTOBER 28 TO NOVEMBER 7 When high rollers come to Toronto in search of the royal treatment, they head to the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. This month, the tony district has prepared a premium pampering as part Beautylicious, which honours all things related to personal grooming and wellness. The second annual affair sees more than 50 participating spas, salons and health centres—including Jeanet Spa & Salon—offering superior services at prices ($25, $75 and $125) that would be unbelievable at any other time of year. Due to the popularity of this promotion, booking early is highly recommended. Call 416-928-3553 or click here for more information.

TIFF List: 5 Face-Saving Spas

The Toronto International Film Festival is ramping up for its 35th excellent year, with more than 300 movies showing between September 9 and 19. Follow this space in the days leading up to TIFF 2010 for features on much-anticipated premieres, the Bell Lightbox—the festival’s exciting new headquarters—and scads of sites at which to spot visiting celebrities. During the festival itself, we’ll bring you details on each day’s film offerings plus what to do before or after your screening.

Satori Urban Wellness

Get ready for your close-up with treatments from these spas and wellness centres.

1 Bring your eleventh-hour flare-ups, botox woes and all that ails your skin to highly rated clinic DLK on Avenue, where Dr. Lisa Kellett has treated top talents including basketball star Chris Bosh.

2 Nicole Kidman, Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman have stopped in at chi-chi Jeanet Spa & Salon for its full range of red carpet-worthy beauty services.

3 Confidentiality is paramount at serene Satori Urban Wellness. For that reason it attracts locals and celebrities seeking discretion with their spa services, which include massage therapy, reflexology, homeopathy and more.

4 Shooting stars like Naomi Watts, Lady Gaga and Toronto-born rapper Drake have been spotted at the Spa at the Hazelton (118 Yorkville Ave., 416-963-6300). This hotel haven offers every luxe treatment under the sun.

5 The 24-karat-gold facial at Vikaspa draws Hollywood elites like Natalie Portman, Robert Downey Jr. and Kate Hudson.

Tomorrow: 3 Styles for the Red Carpet

Spa Escapes

Travellers can slough off tired skin and spring into shape at these eight picks for top-to-toes relaxation.

Hammam Spa

SETTING This cavernous paradise exudes old-world opulence with lavish steam rooms and private suites.
SIGNATURE TREATMENT Signature Hammam Ritual ($40 per visit, complimentary with other treatments totalling $100 or more). Rejuvenate and detoxify your body with the traditional Turkish steam infused with refreshing essential oils.
PAMPERING PICK Pamper Package ($340 for 3.5 hours) includes a Hammam steam, body scrub, Swedish massage, manicure and pedicure.
OTHER SERVICES Facials, microdermabrasion, body exfoliating treatments, couples’ massages.

SETTING For women only, this haven offers a luxurious space with access to an ozonated swimming pool, whirlpool, infrared sauna, and spa dining from George Restaurant.
SIGNATURE TREATMENT Lomi Lomi massage ($125 for an hour). A stylized Hawaiian treatment that means “loving hands,” this intuitive massage uses gentle flowing strokes, coaxing the body to relax.
PAMPERING PICK The Rose Sweetgrass Pause Package ($334 for 3 hours and 15 minutes) includes an aromatherapy facial, massage, manicure and pedicure, and lunch with wine.
OTHER SERVICES BodySong massage, facials, manicures and pedicures.


Frugal Faves: Marvel Beauty and Osgoode Hall

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto helps you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. Check back each week for our thrifty tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more.

Get glammed up for a low price at Marvel Beauty Schools.

Get glammed up for a low price at Marvel Beauty Schools.

Salon and Spa Services by Marvel Beauty School
The cost for a cut, colour and style in Yorkville can run you well into the triple-digits. But not at the posh neighbourhood’s Marvel Beauty Schools, where you can treat yourself to professional grade salon and spa services starting at less than $10.

In the salon, help students  hone their skills by giving you a full haircut, updo, weave, colour highlights, perm—almost anything. In the spa, esthticians-in-the-making provide what’s likely to be the most inexpensive pedicure, body wrap, wax, massage or facial you’ve ever had. Don’t worry about fried hair or a botched bikini wax—students only work on clients once instructors decide they’ve had sufficient training, and supervisors watch with a vigilant eye while they work.

Salon open Mon. to Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Wed. to 7 p.m.). Spa hours are Mon. to Thu., 1 to 3 p.m. (Wed. to 7 p.m.), and Fri., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn about Osgoode Hall with a free audio tour.

Learn about Osgoode Hall with a free audio tour (photo by Five-two).

Free Osgoode Hall Tour
Beyond high cast-iron gates and beautifully manicured grounds sits Osgoode Hall, a landmark dating back to 1832. Devoted to all things legal, the Palladian-style building is home to the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Superior Court of Justice.

Inside, its Convocation Hall has been converted into a high-style lunchtime resto, but you don’t need to cough up the cash to enjoy it. Download the free audio tour of Osgoode Hall’s Convocation Hall to your iPod and explore the magnificent space without paying a cent. Allow the voice of Law Society curator Elise Brunet guide you through the Hall’s history and architectural changes, and provide background on points of interest in the room, from the ten stained glass windows to the carvings on the balcony railing.

Download the audio tour for free from the Law Society of Upper Canada’s website.

Origins of Hot Water

Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff Upper Hot Springs

During a soak in the 40°C (104°F) Banff Upper Hot Springs you might wonder how these waters came to be. Precipitation that seeps into Rundle Mountain’s western slope descends through 3 km (2 mi) of sedimentary rock where it’s heated, pressurized and mineral-enriched. After 100s of years it surfaces via the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault. Enjoy the 1930s bathhouse (upgraded 1996), take a spa treatment, and visit the café, interpretive displays and gift shop. —RM

Spa Escape

Leave behind your worries and relax in some of Calgary’s best spas—we did. With more than 30 spas on the market, the choices can be overwhelming. To help you out, we’ve combed the city trying new and different spa sessions and have come up with a list of our favourites. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the results. (more…)