In need of some relaxation and restoration before the summer is out? You’re not alone! Travel expert Natalie Preddie knows the true value of an immersive, experience-heavy vacation—something you can’t always get from lying on a beach (as nice as that sounds). She visited us at Your Morning to reveal five spots in Canada that you should definitely consider making your next destination to make some real memories and return truly refreshed.
Whistler, British Columbia (and other locations in the USA)
The Wanderlust Festivals started as a yoga festival, but has evolved over a decade to include outdoor activities such as rafting, hiking, biking, and SUP yoga. Speakers, musicians, and meditation leaders are part of the experience that also includes fitness sessions and a silent disco. The next retreat in Whistler is August 1-4 – don’t miss it!
The Evolve retreat focuses on a lifestyle overhaul and personal evolution through the four pillars – mind, movement, nutrition, and sleep. Featuring curated fitness, yoga, and adventure in the Canadian Rockies based on your personal goals, the personalized clean eating and nutrition training transfers into your overall wellness once you leave. The next fall retreat is on October 20-24, and the next spring retreat is scheduled for May 2020.
Well and Tight: Immersive weekends
Looking to get away for the weekend? Well and Tight: Immersive weekends are worth checking out! This pilates and yoga focused retreat that helps participants connect with nature features a personal chef and meditation sessions. It’s available during fall weekends in October and November, and if you have enough friends interested, you can book a private weekend.
Le Monastère des Augustines
An old monastery in Québec City run by Augustinian monks provides cozy accommodations for a retreat based on old practices and learnings from nuns to achieve balance and wellness. Along with holistic nutrition analysis and restorative meals, you’ll have access to the museum and heritage site, as well as massages, breathing exercises, power shaking and reflexology. What’s more, there’s also a focus on vitality movement like different styles of yoga, meditative walking and Tai Chi.
Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia
East Kemptville, Nova Scotia
This luxury wilderness resort three hours from Halifax features lodges, a treehouse, and a lakeside cottage. The lodge follows sustainable tourism practices as set out by Parks Canada and National Geographic Society, and features activities such as stargazing, Acadian culture, forest bathing, geo-tours, cooking classes, barrel sauna and hot tub. Need more convincing? There’s also an award-winning wine list, and farm-to-table dining!