The Best Wellness Activities in Banff National Park
Three words – relax, recharge and rejuvenate. From the moment you step into Banff National Park the vastness of its scenery will transport you into a different state of mind.
You see, for hundreds of years, Banff has been known to bring wellness into the lives of its visitors. What started with the natural thermal mineral springs, that make their way through the Historic Site of Cave and Basin and are known to bring healing powers to those in need, now runs in the blood of every local, who aspires to live a more present life.
Wellness in the Rockies of course is not only for the locals who live in Banff National Park. Those that choose to escape to the Canadian Rockies to relax and recharge and even reignite their passion for life are rewarded with awakening experiences. Whether those transformative moments come from taking in the grandeur of the mountains with a hike or practicing meditation by the rushing rivers that curve their way through the park – this place is alive. It’s something you need to experience for yourself.
Our guide of the best wellness activities in Banff National Park has been thoughtfully laid out to help you discover the magic of this place for yourself.
CONNECT WITH NATURE
Recharge your mind and body while in Banff National Park. Known for its amazing outdoor recreational activities, the Canadian Rockies allow its visitors to break out of their daily routines and connect with nature. Studies have shown that nature positively impacts health – physically, emotionally and mentally.
So, breathe in that crisp morning air as you travel through the alpine forests. Allow your mind to go still as you meditate by the Bow River. In Banff – nature is queen and if you respect her, she’ll show you her healing powers.
Hiking In Banff National Park
What better way to connect with nature and yourself than with a hike in Banff National Park. With over 1,600km of trails just waiting to be discovered this year-round activity ensures that you will find amazing moments along the way.
Picture the tranquillity you will find as you climb through the alpine. With nothing but the sound of nature all around you – you start envisioning your goals – after that, your steps feel lighter and the challenges you faced seemed like a breeze. You’ve just had a transformative moment.
Whether you are a seasoned pro at hiking or are just starting out – our Best Hikes in Banff guide will get you started on your wellness journey in Banff.
On The Water
Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Vermilion Lakes all offer their own set of wellness moments. These pristine bodies of water are just the beginning of a long list of amazing lakes that you can find in the Canadian Rockies. Whether exploring them on skates in the winter or renting a canoe or kayak in the summer – most of these glacier-fed bodies of water offer some pretty stunning views in return.
Cross Country Skiing
While hiking is a year-round activity we would be remiss if we didn’t have at least one full-on winter activity on the list. Cross-country skiing is an activity one can do on their own or with the family. Most of the trails around the park are secluded and groomed for your adventure on skis.
SElf Care in Banff
We can’t think of a better locale to indulge in some much-needed self-care than Banff National Park. Home to the best spas, treatments and more – taking the time to pamper yourself is just as important as connecting with nature or working on your fitness.
Far be it for us to toot our own horn but there is no better spot to indulge in some self-care than Banff’s best spa – The Willow Stream Spa.
Home to a plethora of treatments, 3 mineral pools, saunas, steam rooms, a quiet meditation lounge and more, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more relaxing spa in the Canadian Rockies.
FITNESS & RETREATS
The benefits of keeping your body moving are no secret – exercise not only keeps your body healthy it stimulates the mind and soul. During your visit to Banff, the variety of fitness classes available to you are in no shortage. So whether you are dropping into a class available at any of the fitness centres in town or looking to dive into a fitness retreat, there are plenty of options to keep you satisfied.
Wild Wellnes Fitness Retreat
A new offering to Fairmont Banff Springs is our Wild Wellness Fitness Retreats. Starting in November, this 3-week wellness program allows guests to focus on fitness in a stunning locale. Not only will guests will be able to indulge in spa access, luxury accommodation and more, but they’ll also be able to talk to and train with some of Canada’s top fitness instructors.
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