Wellness in Canada: Helping Groups Break the Ice

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Strøm Nordic Spa, Québec City (photo credit: Bianca Des Jardins for Strøm Nordic Spa).

Canada’s pristine landscapes offer unparalleled transformative opportunities.

Wellness continues to be a growing trend in the incentive industry, and groups are seeking out unique activities that go beyond a typical yoga or spa experience. There’s high demand for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that will inspire wellness and provide transformational immersion in nature. Canada’s diverse and distinct range of destinations offer elevated wellness options to suit the needs of any group.

Winter Wellness in Fabulous French Canada

Wellness can mean many different things for different groups — for some it can mean venturing into the great outdoors and taking on exhilarating physical challenges, while for others it can mean finding peace and tranquility through stillness and relaxation. Whatever the preferences of your team, Québec has something to entice and inspire.

Adventure-seeking groups can meet the challenge of a thrilling ice-climbing excursion at Montmorency Falls, just a 10-minute drive from Québec City. Here they can push their personal boundaries with a challenging climb up a 393-foot ice wall, with expert coaching provided by adventurers – such as François Guy Thivierge, who has climbed the highest peak in each of the seven continents.

For those looking to relax after — or instead of — such excitement, the Strøm Nordic Spa offers a serene escape, situated in the heart of historic Old Québec. This elevated spa features an infinity pool situated on the banks of the St Lawrence River, where guests can soak while they watch frozen ice sheets float down the river before them. Facilities also include North America’s largest flotation bath, which provides multiple benefits such as relaxing tension and alleviating muscle fatigue.

Whether your team is discovering their inner tenacity or cultivating their inner calm, they will leave Québec with transformative memories.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff National Park.

Polar Plunge in Pristine Settings

Craft an inspirational experience that invigorates your team and shows how they can accomplish things they never thought possible, amid the breathtaking scenery of Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The wellness journey begins at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a 539-room luxury resort originally built as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and alpinists over 100 years ago. Set among the spectacular mountain ranges and awe-inspiring Victoria Glacier, groups can enjoy seasonal alpine cuisine and restore their inner calm at the resort’s tranquil full-service spa.

The day can begin with a sunrise paddle on the glistening emerald waters of Lake Louise, or with a yoga session on the hotel’s Lakeview Terrace, overlooking one of the most spectacular and unique locations on the planet. Afterwards, challenge your team to put their resolve to the test with an exhilarating polar plunge in the icy waters of the lake.

Participants will be taught how to manage their exposure to cold temperatures safely by a facilitator trained in the Wim Hof method, a combination of specialized breathing techniques. Polar plunges are said to have a range of health benefits including reduced stress levels and a stronger immune system.

Your team will come away from the experience having learned to go beyond their perceived limitations and uncover their hidden strength both personally and professionally.

Looking to learn more?
Contact Jennifer Attersall—Acting Senior Director, Business Events, Destination Canada

E: [email protected]
T: +1 403-923-5972
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