5 B.C. Spa Getaways to Soothe Your Soul

Looking to de-stress and recharge this summer? These are the spas for you

Looking to de-stress and recharge this summer? These are the spas for you


1. The Wild Orange Spa, 2031 McCallum Road, Suite 103, Abbotsford

The Wild Orange spa is tucked away in the heart of the Fraser Valley, where sisters Farah Hague and Lisa Evans have endeavoured to recreate a little slice of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It boasts a wide variety of packages, expertly designed to not only reboot body and mind, but also to maintain your physical and spiritual glow even after you’ve ventured back into the real world. (Try the Ultimate Vichy Shower Experience; it’ll change your life.)


2. Spa Magnolia, 623 Courtney Street, Victoria

Walking along the harbour in Downtown Victoria may, in itself, be enough to revitalize your weary body and soul; but just in case you need an extra boost, pop in to the Magnolia Hotel & Spa. Allow yourself to be whisked away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and into an oasis of “ancient medicinal oils” and Expectant Mother Massages. No baby on the way? No worries—an exfoliation treatment followed by a soak in the hydrotherapy tub will cure whatever happens to be ailing you.


3. Sante Spa at Bear Mountain Resort, 1999 Country Club Way, Victoria

If you like your pampering served with a side of jaw-dropping scenery, you can’t do much better than Bear Mountain Resort and its vaunted Sante Spa. There’s a full complement of rubs, wraps and massages. And the relaxation room is a tech-free zone that steps out onto a beautiful rooftop garden with hot tubs for relaxing and/or basking in awe of that incomparable view.

4. The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler

OK, so maybe you’re not an island sort of vacationer; maybe you prefer to unwind on the winding trails of B.C.’s most famed mountain. If so, there’s no better spot to pull off your boots and untangle your knots at night than Nita Lake Lodge. In addition to the standard facials and massages, you can enjoy a gorgeous lakeside view from the rooftop hot tubs; lounge in the eucalyptus steam room; and special this year: partake of some Canada 150-themed treatments (e.g. the Pacific Pine Deep Tissue Massage). Outside the spa, the Lodge keeps the wellness via yoga and fitness centres, naturopathic services and healthy eats.


5. Vida Spa at the Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

At long last, we come to the spa stay-cation. Vida at the Sutton Place Hotel is situated conveniently in Downtown Vancouver, and has long embraced the ancient Indian art of Ayurveda, designed to detoxify, cleanse and create balance, and administered in Vida’s signature West Coast Cedar Steam Cabinet. It’s a genuine, soul-restoring getaway… minus the traffic.