Kananaskis Nordic Spa offers the ultimate alpine spa experience in a stunning setting. Simply follow this recipe for relaxation and rejuvenation: hot, warm, cold, rest, repeat. Known as a hydrotherapy cycle, this centuries-old Scandinavian tradition gets your circulation going to help you de-stress, detox, and all around feel good (P.S. your skin will look as good as you feel).
The Kananaskis Nordic Spaah Experience
After changing in the spacious change room, we put on tartan robes and sandals and head outside. Steam rises from the pools, barrel saunas beckon, and heated hammocks swing in the breeze, while jagged peaks watch over us. In the heart of Kananaskis, the air is crystal clear, and the only sounds we hear are the splashing of the fountain, and quiet conversations. With 50,000 square feet of space featuring pools, saunas, steam cabin, hammocks, and a restaurant, it’s easy to find a cozy corner to relax in. From the hottest pool, we take in the scenery.
Kim and I feel like we’re playing hooky, hanging out at the spa while our kids are at school, but midweek is the best time to go. This popular relaxation destination has an hours-long wait list on the weekend. (If you can’t get away during the week, book a spa treatment to gain guaranteed access to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa.) For fun things to do in the area, please see our Kananaskis Valley Winter Activity Guide.
After trying various pools and saunas, and resting in heated hammocks, we head to Two Trees Bistro for lunch. The menu is upscale casual featuring deliciousness such as a charcuterie board, avocado toast, and Soba Noodle Buddha Bowl. With everyone in robes and sandals, it’s like an indoor beach party. You can even get a cocktail or craft beer! I appeased my sweet tooth with some gluten free treats.
Minutes melt into hours and soon it’s time to go, but not without visiting the exfoliation cabin. Using complimentary bath salts, we scrub, rinse off, and bask in the heat of the steam room. Neither of us are keen to return to reality, but we can return to the spa anytime we need a bit of rest and relaxation. I would highly recommend Kananaskis Nordic Spa for a girls’ day out or date!
Know Before You Go
You can now book an appointment (morning/afternoon/evening), or join the same day waitlist. Bring outer wear so you can enjoy a winter walk, snowshoe, or ski while you wait. To avoid the wait, book a massage or spa treatment from Kananaskis Nordic Spa.
For guests’ privacy, phones and cameras are not permitted at Kananaskis Nordic Spa. My photos were taken at a Media Event with permission from the spa.
A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park anywhere in Kananaskis. The pass is $15/day or $90/year and can be purchased at https://www.alberta.ca/kananaskis-conservation-pass.aspx.
For More Information
To learn more, or book your spa appointment, please visit Kananaskis Nordic Spa.
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