The Best Wellness Retreats in Canada

Take a break from your busy life with a wellness retreat in Canada
Take a break from your busy life with a wellness retreat in Canada | © stockstudioX / Getty Images
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10 August 2020

Canada is renowned for its incredible landscape, with lofty Douglas fir forests and lakes that mirror its colossal mountains. This natural setting is the perfect balm to city life, so it is no surprise that numerous wellness retreats have planted their roots here. If you’re in need of rest, relaxation and adventure, these are the places to go.

4-day yoga adventure retreat in Fraser Valley, British Columbia

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Sleep in the wilderness and wake up to the sound of birdsong at this secluded retreat. While staying in private or shared glamping tents on a river’s edge – each with decks overlooking the gushing waters – you’ll be able to meet fellow yogis over s’mores around the evening campfire, or drinks at the twice-weekly social evenings. Daily outdoor yoga sessions take place in the cool shade of towering trees, and you’ll get the chance to take on the nearby rapids and head out on a guided hike to Nahatlatch Canyon.

3-day initiation into Babaji’s kriya yoga seminar in Estrie, Quebec

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Discover inner peace and happiness through the ancient practice of kriya yoga. Set in the picturesque hills of Estrie, this enlightening seminar will teach you various postures to help you relax and work towards greater health. You will also learn the breathing technique known as kriya kundalini pranayama and numerous meditation methods that will inspire you to connect with your mind and find clarity. Vegetarian meals are also served daily at the bucolic lakeside accommodation.

4-day renew your energy luxury wellness retreat in Bragg Creek, Alberta

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A nature-wrapped haven in the foothills of Alberta, the Zen Wellness Center seeks to strengthen body, mind and soul with bespoke retreats tailored to you. A typical day may see you rising with the sun at morning yoga sessions, taking part in cathartic life and wellness coaching or working towards healing with depression anxiety release therapy. Nature walks lead you through misty pine forests and past waterfalls, while the riverbanks offer peaceful settings for reflection. When night falls, return to the shared log cabin and catch up with fellow guests over an organic wholefood dinner before crashing in your private room.

3-day city escape glamping yoga holiday with canyon hike and meditation in British Columbia

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Swap stifling crowds and skyscrapers for fairytale forests and wild rivers on this blissful yoga holiday. Each day you will be treated to meditation and outdoor yoga classes, breathing in the fresh air as you explore different styles, such as hatha, vinyasa and restorative yoga. You can unleash your adventurous side with activities such as whitewater rafting, lake kayaking and canyon hiking or take advantage of your spa discount and book a rejuvenating full-body massage. Finish off your day with a soak in the hot tub or chat around the campfire, then retreat to your (private or shared) cabin tent to fall asleep to the soothing sound of the river.

4-day summer splash yoga adventure retreat in Boston Bar, British Columbia

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Escape to this revitalizing retreat and spend your days practicing yoga beside the torrent of a powerful river. This idyllic experience invites you to take it easy with hour-long Thai massages, yoga sessions and a hot tub, while the more adventurous can sign up for whitewater rafting and guided hikes. As well as studying the foundations of hatha, yin and vinyasa yoga, you’ll also learn about herbal wisdom through nature. Sleeping in private or shared glamping tents – each adorned with bohemian decorative touches, such as paisley duvets and hanging plants – you can wake each morning to savor a coffee on your private riverfront deck.

3-day horseback trail riding holiday in Algonquin Park, Ontario

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Go completely off grid and ride along twisting trails, over rocky streams and deep into the mossy forests of Algonquin Park. A true digital detox, your eco-lodge accommodation has no internet or phone signal, encouraging you to pass the time with board games, toasting marshmallows around the fire or unwinding in the wood-fired sauna and carbon-neutral hot tub. While exploring the dramatic landscape on horseback and looking out for moose, white-tailed deer, otters and (if you’re lucky) wolves, your inbox will be the last thing on your mind.

4-day grizzly and black bear tracking on horseback in the South Chilcotin Mountains

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This bucket-list-worthy experience offers an unmissable chance to see bears in their natural habitat. While trekking through otherworldly landscapes on horseback, you will hear about conservation efforts to preserve the area’s rich wildlife and learn the differences between black and grizzly bears. You may even catch a glimpse of a bear and her cubs playing in a wildflower meadow or descend into a quiet valley to see one lapping at the water’s edge. Over the four days, your accommodation will be split between a last-outpost-inspired ranch and an alpine camp in the remote wilderness.

These recommendations were updated on August 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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