These spas will help you be at one with nature.
There are a lot of prevailing theories about wellness.
Some are rooted in centuries of cultural practice, while others are fodder for rich people, but regardless they often have something in common — an emphasis on nature.
Communing with nature has proven to be therapeutic both spiritually and physically. Be it shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) or the Wim Hof cold plunge, some of the best spas in B.C. are taking their cues from schools of thought that put nature at the centre of wellness practices.
These spas have outdoor mineral pools, massage tents, or combine the treatment experience with nature in inventive ways. Check out these seven outdoor spas in B.C.
Circle Wellness, Vancouver
Circle Wellness is a hidden oasis on Industrial Avenue in Vancouver. Despite its urban setting, the outdoor courtyard that houses the cedar soaking tub, cold plunge tub, and heated river stone pad feels completely private and secluded.
There’s also an indoor Himalayan salt sauna that combines light and sound for a full sensory experience.
The spa is completely self-guided, with no practitioners on-site and no other patrons in the spa at the same time, but because of this, there is a lengthy waiting list. The spa opens up bookings monthly, so keep checking back.
Scandinave Spa, Whistler
Perhaps one of the best-known and most popular outdoor spas in B.C., the Scandinave Spa in Whistler is a Nordic-style experience with a series of hot and cold baths, showers, and saunas.
People are expected to enjoy the spa in silence although a journal or book is permitted and there are lounges, yoga studios, reading nooks, and fireplaces dotted around the facility for guests to relax. There are also five massage treatments available.
Tality Wellness, North Vancouver
Tality Wellness is a very DIY setup compared to the other entrants on this list, but it’s also a hidden gem in North Vancouver.
The outdoor ice bath and sauna are attached to Tality Kombucha shop, so there is also an unlimited amount of kombucha on tap for guests. The idea is to cycle between the cold for one to five seconds and hot for five to 15 minutes and then take a break for kombucha by the fire before doing it again.
People have to book in advance for the secret spa.
Nimmo Bay, Mackenzie Sound
Only accessible by boat, floatplane, or helicopter, Nimmo Bay is an all-inclusive West Coast Wilderness retreat.
What began as a sport heli-fishing lodge has since evolved into a world-class wellness destination as well. The spa components—massage, sauna, hot tub, cold plunge—are fluid and maneuverable with the stunning rugged setting of the Great Bear Rainforest as the backdrop.
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