Melding customs of the Nordic hydrotherapy lifestyle with authentically Canadian elements. the Kananaskis Nordic Spa has announced the final phase of its development.
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Located in the heart of Alberta’s Kananaskis Country, at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge – just south of Nakiska Ski Resort – the resort spans a total of 50,000 sq. ft.
The spa “is designed for real life, and real regimes,” said Jennifer Buckler, a spokesperson for the spa. “When guests start to work towards a regular wellness ritual, as opposed to simply a getaway, they start to see the lasting benefits of the hydrotherapy cycle.”
Included in the enhancements are the Reflection pool, a second medium-temperature salt-water pool, and the Elements pool: a hot salt-water pool complete with waterfall and a “fire globe” heat feature.
Located within the canopied “Reflect” area of the spa, the Elements Pool stays true to its name by representing the four elements: earth, air, water, and fire.
Symbolic of the spa’s Canadian roots are the custom tartan robes and spa colour scheme that feature the colours of the maple leaf as it changes between seasons: green, gold, red, and brown.
The new pool utilizes saltwater to provide a sense of lightness and flotation, aiding in the release of endorphins, increase in circulation, and decrease in cortisol levels.
“The magnesium-enhanced water does wonders for your skin,” said Buckler. “As it absorbs, it helps to regulate your blood pressure, and acts as the ultimate detox.”
Unlike most Nordic-style spas, this particular spa steps away from the silence-at-all-times approach and encourages guests to reconnect with one another, billing itself as an adults-only, no-hush spa.
Native Albertan plants surround the pools, giant outdoor firepits, saunas, hammocks, and Adirondack chairs for a seamless nature bathing effect overlooking the valley lined by Mt. Kidd and Mt. McDougall mountain ranges.
Day access ($85 CAD) is on a first-come, first-serve basis and guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid the waitlist.