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2016 Travel Guide to Canada

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TRAVEL GUIDE TO CANADA W hat's your pleasure? Perhaps a uniquely Canadian experience, a life-changing wellness retreat, a total body cleanse, a steamy Turkish delight, a state-of-the art anti-aging facial or some therapeutic water therapy? From coast to coast, there's a Canadian spa to soothe your body and soul. TRULY CANADIAN SPA EXPERIENCES JW MARRIOTT, THE ROSSEAU MUSKOKA RESORT & SPA, ON In the heart of Muskoka, Ontario's iconic cottage country, Spa Rosseau incorporates earth's elements of rock, wind and water into its philosophy and treatments. When the spa opened in 2008, an Ojibwa elder performed a water blessing. Upon arrival, guests are invited to pick up a pebble near the inukshuk and meditate. This is a fi tting ritual as the Inuit meaning of the inukshuk is, "You are on the right path." The signature couple's journey begins with a therapeutic bath laden with aromatherapy infusions. Next comes a soothing side-by-side massage using warm basalt stones and aromatherapy oils. The wind element is experienced through healing sounds with a resonance you can actually feel through the massage table. A soothing head massage and a relaxing warm stone face massage complete your perfect path ( ). FAIRMONT LE CHÂTEAU MONTEBELLO RESORT SPA, QC Often dubbed North America's largest log cabin, Fairmont Le Château Montebello, located between Montréal and Ottawa, offers many sybaritic indulgences using products from the Montréal based B. Kamins line of skin care. An ice fi shing trip led the B. Kamin's founders to the discovery that the life-sustaining sap from maple trees is an excellent ingredient for anti-aging and healthy skin. Montebello's signature Green Blanket Body Wrap starts with a gentle exfoliation to prepare the skin for a rich hydrating massage using Maple Butter. Then you're wrapped in a cozy green blanket and treated to a scalp massage while the maple works its magic. Other maple-inspired treatments include manicures, pedicures and The Great Canadian Customized Facial ( www. LIFEƒCHANGING RETREATS SPARKLING HILL RESORT, VERNON, BC As with many European-style spas, Sparkling Hill (owned by Gernot Langes- Swarovski, patriarch of the famed Austrian crystal family) prioritizes health and wellness above aesthetics. Perched on a ridge near the Monashee Mountains and overlooking Lake Okanagan, Sparkling Hill is gorgeous both inside and out. The organic, airy interiors are embellished with 3.5 million Swarovski crystals—from chandeliers in the shape of maple leaves to cleverly illuminated "fi replace" sculptures. The resort's KurSpa, the largest luxury spa in Canada, consists of rose, crystal and salt steam rooms, three saunas and BY ANITA DRAYCOTT BY ANITA DRAYCOTT SPA SENSATIONS Le SCanDinaVe SPa, BLUe MoUntain, on SPAS

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