This article originally appeared on the Travel Alberta website.
Energy and well-being are key elements to a healthy life, so whether you’ve been skiing in the Canadian Rockies, shopping in the city, or hiking in the Badlands, it’s always a good idea to give your muscles and your mind a break. Alberta’s spas and natural mineral hot springs are special oases to soothe body, mind and soul. Health and wellness is such a priority here that no matter where you are in the province, you’re seldom very far from a spa escape.
Tip your head back and enjoy a sense of weightlessness while soaking your tired muscles in soothing hot mineral water. Plan tomorrow’s adventures as you gaze at the rugged mountains and feel the heat melt away your aches and tension. The discovery of Banff’s natural hot springs led to the creation of Canada’s national parks system and today there are two natural mineral hot springs to enjoy in the Canadian Rockies – Banff Upper Hot Springs and Miette Hot Springs in Jasper.
The Rockies are also home to some of Alberta’s best spas. Enjoy the pulsating waterfalls of the ultra-luxurious Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs and indulge in a deep relaxation treatment. Get pampered with a maple-butter body wrap at the Fairmont Spa at Jasper Park Lodge. Step into Banff’s original bathhouse for a relaxation massage at Pleiades Massage and Spa next door to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Relax and rejuvenate at one of many other great day spas in the Canadian Rockies.
Edmonton and Calgary
While the family makes a splash at the World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall, slip quietly into one of the mall’s spas to find some inner peace. An aqua massage is a blissful full body treatment, or a manicure and pedicure will do nicely too. There are plenty of great day spas in Alberta’s capital city. In Calgary, spend the morning cycling the river pathway and then unwind in a eucalyptus scented steam room. Within walking distance of the Calgary Tower are some of the city’s finest spas offering everything you need for that feeling of total bliss. You can treat yourself or treat a friend, and remember there is always the gift of togetherness. A couple’s massage is a great way to rejuvenate, on so many levels.
Spas Around Alberta
No matter where your travels take you in Alberta, you’re never far from a spa. There are a wide variety of day spas in both Red Deer and Lethbridge, the province’s third and fourth largest cities. But you’ll also find spas in more northerly locales like Grand Prairie and Fort McMurray. After a late evening golfing in the endless summer sunset or watching the northern lights, you can soothe your tired muscles at one of several day spas. In the far south of the province, you can explore the Canadian Badlands or join scientists in excavating real dinosaur fossils and then loosen up with a relaxing massage in Drumheller or Medicine Hat.
Ah yes, time at the spa is total pampering – and you deserve it! Visit the Travel Alberta website for more inspiration.