Why you should make Canada your next wellness destination

Presented by Destination Canada

Canada’s vast wilderness, historic cities and scenic beauty make it an ideal destination for wellness tourism. Whether you’re looking to decompress and detox, build physical strength and mental resilience, or learn cutting-edge practices like museum therapy (yes, therapy via visiting a museum!), Canada has what ‘you need. Wellness offerings range from the very active, like taking daily guided hikes through the mountains, to relaxing wellness, like experiencing a floating sauna in a secluded bay on the island accessible only by boat. , and all the rest. Canada is a great place, with great opportunities for healing. All that’s missing is you.

Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa sits in the mountains above Kootenay Lake

David R. Gluns / Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa

Hike to a wellness retreat in the mountains of British Columbia’s interior

After a two-year closure due to the pandemic, Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa reopened on April 23. The all-inclusive luxury retreat houses up to 16 people in a beautiful wood-frame lodge perched in the densely forested mountains above peaceful Kootenay Lake. Each week-long program centers around Nordic walking – an active style of walking that uses trekking poles to engage 90% of the body’s muscles – for three to four hours a day. Indoors, guests take part in yoga and functional fitness classes like cardio kickboxing, indulge in a state-of-the-art spa that includes an outdoor Jacuzzi and plunge pool, and attend health and fitness lectures. life by world-renowned experts. Professional chefs prepare gourmet spa cuisine using locally grown and organic produce and meats, while eliminating potentially inflammatory ingredients like caffeine, sugar, starch, and processed foods. Since reopening, Mountain Trek has placed more emphasis on mental health programs, including a new conference on work-life balance in the age of working from home.

Tofino Resort + Marina Floating Sauna

Dusty Cressey

Cook your own catch in the resort’s 1909 kitchen

Leila Kwok

Rejuvenate in a floating sauna in the protected waters of Vancouver Island

In the spring of 2022, Tofino Resort + Marina opened a wood-heated floating sauna in Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. Allow around five hours for the revitalizing experience, which includes a thirty-minute scenic boat tour in one of the resort’s luxury vessels. (Look for black bears munching mussels along the shoreline along the way.) Once at the floating sauna, accessible only by boat, relax and detox in the state-of-the-art cedar structure with a bay window to admire the view forever view of protected waters and coastal temperate rainforest. You’ll have plenty of time to jump off the dock to dive into the cold water, relax in the hammock, and explore the bay on a stand-up paddleboard. Make sure you have the “cook your catch” option, which lets you seek out shrimp and crabs that the resort’s 1909 kitchen chef will cook for dinner.

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