Just what the doctor ordered: Mind, Body and Soul in Canada

Whether you’re looking for a cultural escape, active adventure or relaxing retreat, Canada’s diverse landscapes and experiences will deliver, says Lauren Jarvis

Just what the doctor ordered: Mind, Body and Soul in Canada

Whether you’re looking for a cultural escape, active adventure or relaxing retreat, Canada’s diverse landscapes and experiences will deliver, says Lauren Jarvis

Whatever your clients’ holiday moods, they’ll find a destination or activity to match in Canada’s dynamic cities and breathtaking wild places. 

Looking for an action-packed break? Opportunities abound for hiking and biking, exploring rivers, lakes and three epic oceans by kayak or canoe, and enjoying winter sports. 

If some R&R is what you need, spas and natural hot springs in stunning locations will soothe stresses away, while stargazing and nights under the Northern Lights will restore and revive even the world-weariest of travellers. 

Engaging museums and immersive First Nations encounters will captivate culture seekers, and for those wanting to push personal boundaries, there are extreme adventures and unique wildlife interactions.   

Best for… Mind

Canada has plenty to offer those looking for an authentic cultural experience. Its mulicultural cities host festivals year round, and a rich indigenous heritage is shared by First Nations communities across the country.

In Winnipeg, the world’s first museum of its kind, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights leads visitors on an emotional journey through interactive displays, and in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario houses over 95,000 works of art.   

Stay in a traditional longhouse, learn about First Nation peoples’ myths and crafts, and dine on contemporary indigenous cuisine at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Québec. Or watch a Pow Wow dance at the Canadian Museum of History then travel down the Ottawa River in a Montréal Canoe, learning about the lives of aboriginal explorers.

The first European settlement in North America, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site in Newfoundland, immerses visitors in Viking life and legends, while a stay at Naujaat – an Inuit community in the Arctic Circle – offers a unique glimpse into life on the tundra and the historical whaling and trapping industries.

Montreal hosts the world’s biggest jazz festival, Vancouver dazzles with the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival and one of the largest international film festivals draws stars of the big screen to Toronto. 

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Best for… Body

Canada’s wilderness offers no end of outdoor adventures, from gentle hikes in some of the world’s most spectacular national parks to ice climbing on frozen waterfalls.

Enjoy incredible vistas at every turn on a cycling tour through Alberta’s Rocky Mountains from Jasper to Banff, or pedal The Cabot Trail through Nova Scotia’s stunning Cape Breton Highlands on a five-day, 200-mile loop. 

The mighty Yukon River is a playground for stand-up paddleboarders near the territory’s capital, Whitehorse, while paddlers can go off-grid in bear country on a challenging multi-day canoe trip to historic Dawson City. 

Pristine waters offer fantastic diving, with shipwrecks to be explored in Ontario’s Fathom Five National Marine Park, while snorkellers can swim with gentle beluga whales in the Churchill River Estuary in Manitoba or with seals at Quebec’s Forillon National Park

Winter offers up magical experiences too, including thrilling backcountry heli-skiing tours near Kamloops in British Columbia and the chance to drive your own dog-sled team through the beautiful boreal forests of Saskatchewan.    

But you don’t always have to head outside  to find active adventures: at Alberta’s West Edmonton Mall you can surf the World Waterpark FlowRider or skate at the Mayfield Ice Palace.

Best for… Soul

Travellers will find space, peace and inspiration in Canada’s beautiful landscapes, whether that’s through relaxing in a hot tub as the Aurora Borealis dances across the night sky, basking under summer sun on the shores of one of the Great Lakes or enjoying a spa tretament in one of the country’s many luxury hotels.

The hot springs that sprinkle the Rocky Mountains melt stresses and strains away amidst some of the world’s most stunning alpine views. 

Used by First Nations people for millennia, Banff, Radium and Miette Hot Springs are perfect for a spiritual soak. 

You’ll find exceptional spa resorts in heavenly destinations, too, such as The Northern Lights Resort & Spa in the Yukon, or The Oak Bay Beach’s Boathouse Spa in British Columbia, where you can relax in three heated seaside mineral pools after a day on the water watching humpback whales.  

On the shores of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, remote luxury retreat Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge offers the chance to combine wildlife and wellness with four days of hiking, yoga, meditation and fitness classes in the heart of polar bear country. 

Or camp out under the stars in the Arctic wonderland of Nunavut’s Baffin Island, where local Inuit guides lead tours by snowmobile and traditional ‘Qamutik’ (wooden sled), to spot polar bears, caribou and magical narwhals along the ice floe edge.

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