SIX DAY FOCUS ON MIND, BODY AND SOUL
From the towering Rocky Mountains to the lush wide-open river valleys, the Kootenays offer a unique wellness experience of relaxation, mindfulness and connections. Unwind and rejuvenate with inspiring landscapes and satisfying experiences.
DAY ONE - FERNIE
Spend a restful night at the fully off-grid luxury Brooks Creek Ranch 5km east of Fernie. This luxury wellness retreat features landscaped gardens in a tranquil forest setting and is the perfect place to breathe in the fresh mountain air and set the pace for your wellness tour. Rooms include your choice of walk-in showers, soaker tubs and fireplaces. Your comfort is guaranteed with in-floor heating, Black Sheep mattresses and hypoallergenic wool duvets. Fresh mountain spring water is filtered using reverse osmosis, and each room includes a selection of teas and French press coffee.
Brooks Creek Ranch offer a free shuttle into Fernie so you can enjoy dinner and a glass of wine. The Curry Bowl has Fernie’s only rooftop patio, with stunning mountain sunset views. Dishes are freshly cooked, with a menu inspired by a wide range of Asian flavours and styles. While in town, enjoy a walk along the gentle riverside community trail, or take a stroll down to the Elk River once back at the Ranch.
For more about Fernie visit www.tourismfernie.com.
DAY TWO – FERNIE AND ST EUGENE
After a breakfast of naturally sourced goodness at Brooks Creek Ranch, drive the short distance into Fernie to explore. Begin your day with a yoga class at Essential Yoga Studio, then visit Historic Downtown Fernie and enjoy a hearty natural lunch at Lunchbox Fresh Market & Smoothie Bar. Explore the many galleries, attractions and boutiques and pick up hand-blended oils and wellness products at Healing Hollow.
Book a Spa treatment at Spa 901 and relax in the 6,600 sq ft of custom-designed treatment and relaxation rooms and outdoor hot pool with massaging jets.
Feeling relaxed and energised, take an afternoon drive through rock canyons and across the Bull River floodplain to check in for two nights at St Eugene Resort, approx. 1 hr from Fernie.
Feast on locally inspired and sourced cuisine at Numa Restaurant and then settle in for a peaceful night in one of the 125 rooms and suites. The Deluxe Mission rooms feature original brickwork, hand-hewn beams and vaulted ceilings.
For more about Cranbrook, visit www.cranbrooktourism.com
DAY THREE – ST EUGENE AND CRANBROOK
After a relaxing breakfast featuring local produce, explore the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre. Discover the unique history of the mission and learn about Indigenous heritage, crafts and traditions. Additional insights are available through guided interpretive tours of the buildings and a film presentation featuring personal stories from past students of the residential school.
For a morning of pampering, the Silver Water Spa offers a range of revitalising treatment options and the Health Club includes a heated outdoor pool for relaxation in beautiful surroundings, open year-round.
In the afternoon, take a short drive into Cranbrook and experience Glow Yoga & Wellness. Learn suspended yoga in the silks or take an Ashtanga or Vinyasa class. For dinner, try Allegra Restaurant and savour the light flavours of the Mediterranean before returning to St Eugene for your second night.
For more about Cranbrook, visit – www.cranbrooktourism.com
DAY FOUR – KIMBERLEY AND FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS
After a light breakfast take a short drive to Kimberley, stopping in St Mary’s to for a gentle hike to St Mary’s Waterfall. Follow the mostly boardwalk-trail for approximately 10 minutes to reach the 30-metre waterfall.
In Kimberley, Zen Mountain Float has the Kootenay’s only floatation tanks. Experience this unique relaxation method along with a visit to the Infrared Salt Sauna and leave feeling rejuvenated, with new focus and clarity. After your visit to the spa, explore downtown Kimberley and enjoy a homemade lunch in the tranquil setting of Nina’s Hillside Garden.
From Kimberley drive north for two nights at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
Along the way, stop off at Lussier Hot Springs located in White Swan Provincial Park, 17.5km off Highway #95 on Whiteswan Lake Forest Service Road. The collection of undeveloped hot pools are accessed via a short trail from the road down into the canyon. The pools are naturally occurring, with a gravel base and large boulders to cool off on – or take a dip in the adjacent river for a truly refreshing experience!
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers several Dining options for a hearty meal or light snack.
For more about Kimberley, visit www.tourismkimberley.com
For more about Fairmont Hot Springs, visit www.fairmonthotsprings.com
DAY FIVE – INVERMERE AND FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS
Fairmont is located on Lake Windermere, where the avian wildlife on the river and in the wetlands can be explored by Canoe and Kayak. Book a morning tour and relax amongst the sights and sounds of nature.
For a slower pace, Invermere has a wealth of unique working art studios to explore, including Artym Gallery and Pynelogs Gallery & Cultural Centre, which offers regular classes and workshops for all artistic interests throughout the year. Café Allium, located at Pynelogs, is a great lunch stop with a focus on fresh and organic ingredients.
Return to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort to experience the formal natural Hot Pools and specialty mineral treatments at Natural Springs Spa followed by dinner in the Antlers at the Lodge Restaurant.
For more about Invermere, visit www.invermerepanorama.com
DAY SIX – RADIUM HOT SPRINGS
After a relaxing morning in the pools, travel north to the village of Radium Hot Springs and enjoy lunch at the Big Horn Café, where fresh food and fantastic coffee are the focus.
Finish your tour at historic Radium Hot Springs with a private yoga class and therapeutic treatments at the Pleiades Spa followed by a soak in the odourless mineral hot pool beneath the towering canyon walls.
For a final night of tranquility, check in to Radium Elk Park Bed and Breakfast located 5 minutes north of the village. Enjoy the outdoor fireplace where you can watch the local wildlife and contemplate your week of relaxation and wellness.
For more about Radium, visit www.radiumhotsprings.com