Reconnect with yourself (and nature) with these B.C. retreat destinations.

Reconnect with yourself (and nature) with these B.C. retreat destinations.

Get Away From It All

A look at some of B.C.'s best retreat destinations.

When you’re on the go with work and everything else that fills up your schedule, it can be hard to find the time to relax. But it’s imperative to give yourself a break to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.

British Columbia has a bounty of resorts combining spas with health and fitness. These retreats pack in exercise, relaxation and even education in a short amount of time, making it the perfect get-away for someone constantly on the go.

Salt Springs Spa Resort

Nestled away along the calm waters of the Trincomali Channel, the 29 acre seaside spa resort provides the perfect backdrop to a relaxing getaway. For those looking to ease into the idea of a spa vacation, every Thursday evening, the resort invites guests to its Oneness Meditation and Blessing (Deeksha) gathering. The blessing is a non-denominational benediction described as a unique and specific blessing, transfering Divine Energy, which over time, brings the state of Oneness in the recipient. For those looking to take the plunge, the resort offers two and three night spa getaways focusing on fitness, weight-loss and yoga. Each retreat includes an itinerary that is full of rejuvenating activities, including massages, meals and exercise.

Coastal Trek Health and Wellness Resort

Surrounded by one million acres of old growth forest in the Comox Valley, this resort is a must for those who love to hike in the beautiful trails British Columbia is known for. Coastal Trek offers two options for those that want to get their body in motion, including their two day, three night health, hiking and fitness program, Taste of Trek. The two day program is a compact version of the seven night, six day hiking and fitness program offered, and includes three nights accommodation, two guided hikes, one relaxation massage and three early morning yoga classes, as well as all meals and snacks.

Fresh Start Health Retreat

Located on Vancouver Island in Oyster Bay, Fresh Start is a health restorative retreat held at Ocean Resort. The retreat focuses on cleansing the body of toxins and rejuvenating the mind and body. The shortest health restoration program, The 5 Day Re-Energizer, uses juice fasting as a tool to cleanse, boasting an average weight loss of between five to seven pounds. It can also help with a range of ailments including sinus problems, headaches, muscle pain and even bad breath. And don’t let the name fool you, even though it is called a juice cleanse, there are semi-fasting days which incorporate fruit and vegetable smoothies and gourmet raw organic meals. The five days also include daily steam baths, health lectures and healthy drink preparation workshops, two guided meditations, two yoga classes and one excursion.

Mountain Waters Retreat

Mountain Waters Retreat offers a unique combination of pristine natural settings and proximity to world-class amenities,with the city of Nelson just a short walk away. There are a number of retreats to choose from at Mountain Waters, including a sustainable living retreat, numerous health and well-being retreat and a women’s retreat. The sustainable living retreat includes a course with Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture, who provides education on sustainability. The health and well-being retreats include yoga teacher training and a retreat targeting those over the age of 45.


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