With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s time to find that perfect gift for the special woman in your life. And there’s no better gift than a relaxing experience where the two of you can bond together. So whether these spa day (or dare we say, spa weekend) picks are right in your hometown or elsewhere in Canada, they’re sure to make the best Mother’s Day gift ever.
Spa Eastman, Eastman, Quebec
This destination resort in Quebec’s bucolic Eastern Townships is more than just a spa – it’s a wellness getaway. Sure, you can come for the day (it’s not a long drive from Montreal), but to fully experience the offerings, stay for a weekend or more. Try the Nordic baths, which include both Finnish and infrared saunas, a hammam and outdoor soaking pools. The activities calendar is also packed with things to do — think yoga classes, anti-stress walks, foam-rolling workshops and treatments like watsu, an in-water massage.
XO Treatment Room, Calgary, Alberta
Like the name suggests, this central spot is more about treatments and problem-solving than chilling out on a lounge chair. Their extensive range of treatments include everything from injectables and oxygen lifts to a consulting session with a wellness and life coach. For Mother’s Day, try their featured rose quartz crystal facial, which uses a pink stone said to have anti-ageing properties as well as the ability to “enhance personal love vibrations.” Who knows? Either way, it’s bound to be relaxing.
Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, B.C.
Set on the fifth floor of one of the city’s most sought-after hotels, Willow Stream Spa is a downtown getaway that will have you feeling replenished whether you stay for two hours or the whole day. Book one of their luxe offerings like the van active body treatment: a body scrub, steam and then massage that’s designed to help you recover from fitness activities. Make sure to leave time to lounge in the extensive indoor and outdoor facility, where you can catch a glimpse of the ocean before you curl up on a relaxation lounger, or order lunch and a glass of wine after hitting the pool.
Sahara Spa, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
The treatments at this day spa offer just about everything: a massage using Canadian rosehip oil, a “foot rescue” massage complete with exfoliation, a firming facial that ends with a sea algae mask, plus your typical manicures, pedicures and hair removal treatments. For a truly indulgent day, book the “serenity for two” package, so you can enjoy a private suite as you run through a soak, a body scrub, a Balinese massage and an organic facial – plus lunch!
Thermëa, Winnipeg, Manitoba
If you’ve never experienced Nordic baths, this is a great place to start. (And if you have, you’ll be well taken care of here!) The idea is to do a hot to cold relaxation circuit, a number of times through. For instance, you might spend 10 to 15 minutes in the sauna, followed by a dip under the cold waterfall, then lounge in a relaxation area. One fun add-on here is Exfolia, a self-serve exfoliation room where you can scrub your body with your choice of lavender or menthol-eucalyptus Epsom salts and rinse them off for super-soft skin. Additional services available include massage and body treatments.
Ste. Anne’s Spa, Grafton, Ontario
If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away, you can’t beat Ste. Anne’s. For one thing, it’s an all-inclusive resort, which means no worrying about dinner prices, tipping or even carrying your wallet around. This place is also designed to make you feel extremely comfortable. There are couches everywhere, and books and a half-finished puzzle on every table – just in case you get tired of wandering from outdoor soaking pool to sauna to massage treatment to afternoon tea to a nap in your room. Bonus: the property has its own gluten-free bakery, whose products are so coveted by those avoiding gluten that they’re sold around the region.
Spa Nordique Le Germain, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
Set in the picturesque, artsy town of Baie-Saint-Paul within one of Quebec’s top agritourism regions, Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa has quite a relaxing vibe. The spa area itself looks out onto farmland – the outdoor soaking pool is a nice way to feast your eyes on the greenery – and in addition to the Nordic baths, offers a wide range of services like massages, manicures/pedicures and body treatments. While the spa is open to anyone, hotel guests get a discounted rate for Nordic spa access.
Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon, B.C.
Sparkling Hill, a getaway in the Okanagan hills, got its name from its views of shimmering Okanagan Lake (and from the 3.5 million Swarovski crystals used in its decor). The beautiful setting makes for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway, especially if you plan to spend a lot of that time in the spa itself. An extensive treatment menu is one of its draws, but you’ll also want to linger in the numerous saunas, thermotherapy areas as well as in the outdoor infinity pool. Be sure to book a room (complete with a big bathtub) that overlooks the lake to take in the stunning views.