Kananaskis Nordic Spa Day Trip

Kananaskis Nordic Spa Day Trip
Kananaskis Nordic Spa Day Trip
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Kananaskis Nordic Spa Day Trip

Everything you need to know about a day trip to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa.
Enjoy a unique Scandinavian hydrotherapy experience (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Enjoy a unique Scandinavian hydrotherapy experience (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

What is the Kananaskis Nordic Spa?

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa is a unique outdoor spa experience designed around the hydrotherapy cycle, a popular Scandinavian treatment that has been practiced for generations. Hydrotherapy uses movement through various water temperatures to increase blood flow, reduce heart rate, and relieve stress. This purpose built facility, with over 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, includes hot, warm, and cold pools, along with saunas and steam rooms.

Guests to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa are encouraged to start in the hot pool, sauna, or steam room for 15-20 minutes, before moving to the warm pool for 15-20 minutes, taking a polar plunge in the cold pool for as long as you can last, and taking time to rest before repeating the process. Guests can rest by the cauldron fire cauldrons, lay back in winterized hammocks, or grab a bite to eat at the onsite Two Trees Bistro. You can repeat this cycle as many times as you like during your visit.

The temperature of each pool, sauna, and steam room is unique to the experience. The hot pool and steam rooms are between 35-40 °C (95-104 °F). The warm pool is between 32-38 °C (90-100 °F) while the cold plunge pool can be between 5-10 °C (41-50 °F).

Soak in the hot pool at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Soak in the hot pool at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Heat up in the dry sauna at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Heat up in the dry sauna at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Is the Nordic Spa a hot spring?

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa is located at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, approximately 1 hour from Downtown Calgary (Photo credit: Tourism Canmore Kananaskis).

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa is located at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, approximately 1 hour from Downtown Calgary (Photo credit: Tourism Canmore Kananaskis).

How do I get there?

You can purchase a day pass at the Spa Lodge reception desk (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

You can purchase a day pass at the Spa Lodge reception desk (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

How much does it cost and what does it include?

Admission to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa is a flat daily rate of $70.00 per person. Day passes are available for purchase at the Spa Lodge reception desk. This gives you full access to all amenities on site and everything you need to enjoy the experience. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis, so no appointment or reservation is required. You do not have to be a guest of the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge to purchase a day pass to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa. It is important to note that the Kananaskis Nordic Spa is an adults-only facility for guests that are 18 years of age or older.

Admission includes spa shoes, two towels, a robe, and a wristband that gives you access to a dedicated locker to store your personal belongings. Keep this wristband with you during your stay at the spa and you won’t have to remember a locker code. Staff will provide an overview of the experience when you check-in and answer any questions you may have.

Admission is good for the day, provided space is available, so you can leave the spa facility and return later in the day. Guests are asked to return their robe, slippers, and locker key when exiting and check-in with the reception desk when returning on the same day.

Take a cozy snack break at the Two Trees Bistro (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Take a cozy snack break at the Two Trees Bistro (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

The menu at Two Trees Bistro is full of locally sourced sharing plates (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

The menu at Two Trees Bistro is full of locally sourced sharing plates (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

What can I do there?

Plan to spend the full day at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa and take advantage of the world class on-site amenities.

The hydrotherapy cycle, moving from hot to warm to cold pools, can be repeated as many times as you’d like. In addition to the temperature controlled pools, the spa includes a variety of steam cabins and saunas. Try the Banya, Finnish, or Barrel saunas, and step into the Alchemist and Eucalyptus steam cabin for a truly unique sensory experience. Finish your spa experience off with an exfoliating salt scrub. Most guests spend around 3 to 5 hours at the spa.

Cozy robes are provided with admission to the spa (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Cozy robes are provided with admission to the spa (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

What should I bring?

Admission to the spa includes spa shoes, two towels, a robe, and a wristband that gives you access to a dedicated locker to store your personal belongings. Bring a swimsuit and, if you prefer, your own robe. Swimsuits are available for purchase at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge gift shops. A small collection of robes, toques, and athletic wear are also available at the reception desk for purchase if your forget something at home. Need an extra towel or a different size of spa shoes? Ask the friendly staff and they can provide you with everything you need to enjoy the experience.

To respect the privacy of all guests, leave your phone and camera at home or in the locker provided. It’s a great chance to take a break from social media and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the atmosphere but there are no strict quiet areas on the property.

Private shower facilities are available in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms for the end of your spa experience. You are welcome to bring your own toiletry kit but can also take advantage of a complete collection of complimentary soap, shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner. Shaving gel, disposable razors, moisturizer, and hair dryers are available for your use at no charge. Small plastic bags are even provided to store your wet swimsuit for the trip home.

Water temperatures and facilities are closely monitored throughout the day (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Water temperatures and facilities are closely monitored throughout the day (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Is it safe and sanitary?

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa is a safe and sanitary experience. Water temperatures are carefully monitored throughout the day for the safety of all visitors. Guests are encouraged to shower with soap before entering the pool area to maintain the water quality for everyone.

Staying hydrated during the Nordic spa experience is important. Water stations are provided throughout the facility with disposable cups so you can stay hydrated in between cycles.

Guests are encouraged to take a rest period between cycles to regulate their temperature. It is important to note that this method of hot and cold therapy can increase blood pressure and circulation, so expectant mothers and individuals with health concerns should consult with their doctor before visiting.

The Nordic spa is an adults-only facility (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

The Nordic spa is an adults-only facility (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Can kids go to the Nordic spa?

The spa is open 365 days a year (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

The spa is open 365 days a year (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

What time of year should I go?

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa is a four-season experience, open 365 days a year, rain, snow, or shine. Open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. from Friday to Saturday, you can enjoy the spa early in the morning or into the evening. Take in views of the Canadian Rockies or soak under the stars anytime of the year.

Warm up by the fire cauldrons between cycles (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

Warm up by the fire cauldrons between cycles (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Mike Seehagel).

What tips and tricks should I know?

Not sure where to start? Forgot your robe in your locker? Looking for an extra towel? The friendly staff throughout the facility can guide you in the right direction and are happy to offer recommendations for how to have the best experience.

Want a real Canadian Rockies experience? Jump in a snowbank instead of taking a plunge in the cold pool to complete your hydrotherapy cycle.

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa can reach capacity by 10:00 a.m. on weekends. Two Trees Bistro can also fill up quickly, so spend some more time in the pools and make lunch or snack plans before or after the main lunch rush.

Forgot your swimsuit? No problem. Swimsuits are available for purchase at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge gift shops. A small collection of robes, toques, and athletic wear are also available at the reception desk for purchase if your forget something at home.

It’s tempting to spend all your time in the hot pools but the hydrotherapy cycle is meant to be enjoyed with a combination of all temperatures. For maximum relaxation, move through each stage of the process and take frequent rest breaks before starting the cycle again.

Stay hydrated with a pit stop at water stations throughout the facility. Disposable cups are provided so you can quench your thirst in between cycles without carrying a water bottle with you.