Sometimes on the weekends places like Lake Louise and Banff become too crowded and extremely busy. A short trip from Calgary, we found some once in a lifetime activities in the Canmore area that place you in the middle of the majestic Canadian Rockies. Canmore is about an hour and 15 minutes from Calgary and about 25-30 minutes before Banff, AB. This quaint town should not be underestimated as it has a lot of shopping, restaurants and daily excursions that will truly make for a fantastic Alberta experience.
Sun - Thu (9 am – 9 pm) Fri and Sat (9 am – 11 pm)
The Kananaskis Nordic Spa is not only a spa but a total retreat with lodging, dining, spa treatments and more. The calming oasis sits upon the Kananaskis Mountains and allows patrons to come during the day to use the outdoor pools, saunas and steam rooms. The cost is $70CAD and you do not have to be a guest at the hotel. This alpine sanctuary is on a first-come, first served basis at the spa lodge reception desk and they limit the amount of people daily. We arrived 20 minutes before the spa opened and we were the first ones in line with about 15 people behind us. This day pass gives you full access to all amenities on site and everything you need to enjoy the experience. We entered the locker room, opened our lockers, got into our suits and robes that were provided. The hydrotherapy cycle (picture 2) provides direction for the best experience; the hot tubs are wonderful in the winter weather and the cold tub was rough, as outside was cold enough. Also, provided in your locker is a scrub that is to be used at the end in the exfoliation cabin; warning: do not put this on your face. After our amazing day the locker room provided hair dryers and a product station, which fabulous as we were heading to Banff for the rest of the day.
Open 7 days a week 8am - 8pm MST