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The Best Spas In Canada For Head-To-Toe Pampering


If you’ve experienced it, you already know that taking a "spa day" is an unbeatable luxury. If you find yourself desperately in need of a slice of decompression heaven, these six pampering Canadian spas will leave you drooling.

1. Ste. Anne’s Spa (Grafton, Ontario)

With a 95 per cent recommendation rating on TripAdvisor.com, and being named the #1 spa in Canada by Spa Finder Readers' Choice, the hardest part about recharging at Ste. Anne’s Spa will be leaving and returning to reality. 

Sitting on a breathtaking 400 acres of manicured landscape, the stunning surroundings of this stately spa are just part of the appeal.

Feel the heat with the eucalyptus body wrap or unwind with the chakra balancing massage or aroma stone massage, to name just a few options on the relaxation menu. Then melt your worries away at wellness classes—among them, yoga, meditation, and stretch. 

2. Rodd Spa Boutique At Crowbush (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)

Indulge in the Chocolate Body Wrap, opt for a traditional massage, or simmer down with a hot stone massage—whatever body treatment you choose to be pampered with at Rodd Spa Boutique at Crowbush Golf and Beach Resort in PEI, you'll be saying "Ahhh" in no time. 

3. Temple Gardens Mineral Spa (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan)

How can something called the Lavender Mango Butter Body Wrap not unwrap your inner zen? Regenerate with the Sun Tree Wild Rosehip Prairie Wrap, downshift with the Tranquility Head and Face Massage, or zap away tension with the Indian Spice Hot Oil Massage Treatment at Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in downtown Moose Jaw. At this urban getaway, which boasts a therapeutic geothermal mineral pool and a Sun Tree Yoga Program, all your troubles really will seem so far away. 

4. The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge (Whistler, British Columbia)

A mountainous escape to Whistler, B.C. is ideal for both hitting the ski slopes and recharging.

Turn your overworked, post-ski muscles into mush with a blissful visit to The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, where you’ll find incredible mountain views, outdoor hot tubs, a eucalyptus steam room, a rooftop relaxation lounge, and various massage treatments, body scrubs, and facials.

Warning: You may lose track of time and even your days here! 

5. Spa at Fairmont Chateau Montebello (Montebello, Quebec)

Enjoy an inspired mix of rustic charm and tranquility as you enter the grounds for your treatment at the Spa at Fairmont Chateau Montebello, in Montebello, Quebec. Once there, relax in the Japanese soaker tub, warm up by the gas fireplace, and treat yourself to pure Canadiana with a maple sugar scrub or full-body massage. 

6. Le Scandinave Spa (various locations)

Whether you want tranquility with a mountain view or to be close to shopping and restaurants, one of Le Scandinave Spa’s four great locations (Whistler, Montreal, Mont-Tremblant and Blue Mountain) is certain to please. Take your body from hot to cold and back again with traditional Scandinavian baths before indulging in a pampering Swedish massage. Don’t miss out on the saunas and steam rooms while you’re there. 

Still not convinced? Then click to find out why the spa is good for you and why mama needs a break (and a martini).