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Top 10 Luxury Spas of the Canadian Rockies

By SARA SAMSON

Whether you’re looking for therapeutic benefits after a long day of skiing or hiking, or just pure relaxation, our spas have something for you. Here, we present our sampling of the top luxury spas in the Canadian Rockies region, each with their own techniques and strengths. Pick the one that’s perfect for you.

Willow Stream Spa (Photo: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)

1. Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs
This award-winning spa (Conde Nast Traveler’s third top spa in Canada) offers the ultimate in mountain luxury. Pulsating waterfalls and a mineral pool are reminiscent of the area’s natural features, while the steam room, outdoor whirlpool and eucalyptus inhalation room encourage relaxation. The spa has many signature treatments such as the Majestic Blue, which features organic mountain lavender (known as “blue magic”) and an invigorating mineral salt exfoliation, massage and luxurious wrap.
• Willow Stream Spa, The Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Ave., Banff, AB, 403-762-1772, website
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Reflections Spa Lounge (Photo: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)

2. Reflections Spa at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
The newest of our luxury mountain spas, Reflections is a 10,000-square-foot facility with 10 treatment rooms, glacier-inspired steam rooms and a therapeutic mineral bath. For a truly Canadian treat go for the Sweet Maple Body Treatment: a moisturizing B. Kamins maple-sugar body scrub, wrap and lotion improve circulation and provide nutrients to dry skin. A body massage and wrap with cocoa and Shea butter release built up tension and leave skin hydrated and soft.
• Reflections Spa, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Old Lodge Rd., Jasper, AB, 780-852-3301, website
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Red Earth Spa Pool (Photo: Best of Banff)

3. Red Earth Spa
This full service spa has six treatment rooms, one dedicated solely to hydrotherapy. Signature treatments include the Organic Eminence Body Wraps, which are inspired by the four essential elements of fire, water, earth and air—simply select a wrap according to your skin care needs. Also included in this treatment is an exfoliating scrub, nourishing wrap, Hungarian mini Eminence facial and scalp massage.
• Red Earth Spa, Banff Caribou Lodge, 521 Banff Ave., Banff, AB, 403-762-9292, website
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Hot Stone Massage (Photo: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)

4. The Spa at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Situated near the shores of its titular lake, the Spa at The Chateau Lake Louise adds an extra dose of luxury to your stay in the Rockies. Enjoy an unsurpassed level of relaxation with the Signature Organic Aromatherapy massage, an enhancement on the classic massage. The light, 98% organic aromatherapy body oils are produced from sunflowers as well as wild flowers, plants, roots and leaves.
• The Spa at Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Dr., Lake Louise, AB, 403-522-3511, website
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Rimrock Spa (Photo: Rimrock Resort)

5. Rimrock Spa
With an array of Vichy treatments this spa specializes in relaxations. Or, bring a little of the tropics to the mountains with the Tropical Escape Wrap. Drenched with papaya and pineapple juices, this wrap is enriched with natural butter, calcium and vitamin A and blended with anti-aging collagen to leave skin nourished and rejuvenated.
• Rimrock Spa, Rimrock Resort, 300 Mountain Ave., Banff, AB, 403-762-1835, ext.1, website
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Temple Mountain Spa (Photo: Post Hotel)

6. Temple Mountain Spa
Part of Lake Louise’s renowned Post Hotel, Temple Mountain Spa offers legendary mountain pampering. The Temple Mountain Purifying Signature Experience, inspired by the purifying bath rituals of Japan, begins with a stimulating lemongrass scrub, then a Shea butter wrap (infused with sake yeast, wasabi extract, seaweed and circulation-boasting red pepper) to gently detoxify the body. Afterward, energy blockages are relaxed and toxins are drawn out with a Thai stem massage.
• Temple Mountain Spa, Post Hotel, 200 Pipestone Rd., Lake Louise, AB, 403-522-3989, website
•  Map and reviews

 

Handmade Natural Products at Pleiades (Photo: Glenn Miles)

7. Pleiades Massage
This spa’s Upper Hot Springs location in Banff makes it unique. Pleiades uses handmade products designed to cleanse, nourish, revitalize, moisturize and leave skin silky smooth. Try the Body Treatment, which features an exfoliating sea salt scrub and the Skin Saviour gel—a soothing gentle blend of herbs infused with aloe and vitamin E that hydrates the skin. A light massage completes the treatment.
• Pleiades, Banff Upper Hot Springs, Mountain Ave., Banff, AB, 403-760-2500, pleiadesmassage.com
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Reiki at the Wildflower (Photo: Wildflower Massage)

8. Wildflower Massage & Esthetics
Wildflower is a full service facility that provides holistic care with treatments like reiki and acupuncture. Services are moderately priced; costs vary depending on the length and work involved. All facials include a deep-cleansing mask and a face, neck and scalp massage to relieve tension and minimize fine lines. The Peptide Moisturizing Facial was developed for dehydrated and aging skin. The process repairs tissue by oxygenating and reconstructing skin on a cellular level.
• Wildflower Massage & Esthetics, 716 Main St., Canmore, AB, 403-678-4644, wildflowercanmore.com
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Summit Aveda Spa (Photo: Delta Lodge at Kananaskis)

9. Summit Spa
This full service Aveda spa at the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis uses natural ingredients from communities around the world. For a treat, try the luxurious Organic Eminence Pedicure, which includes a foot soak, raw sugar foot and leg scrub, and a leg massage with a decadent soufflé (choose from pumpkin cream, chocolate champagne or shimmering blueberry). Callus care, nail shaping and cuticle grooming are all part of the service.
• Summit Spa, Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, 1 Centennial Dr., Kananaskis Village, AB, 403-591-7770, website
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Wild Orchid Spa (Photo: Wild Orchid Spa) 

10. Wild Orchid Spa
This full service salon and spa uses world-renowned Pevonia Botanica products to create customized facials. Try the Myoxy-Caviar Facial, an advanced defense against aging that lavishes skin with pure caviar extract, pearl extract and marine collagen. It increases skin oxygenation and suppleness while dramatically reducing expression lines and wrinkles.
• Wild Orchid Spa, 616 Patricia St., Jasper, AB, 780-852-2111, wildorchidjasper.com
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