Wellness in Canada: Into the Wild

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Wellness experiences in Canada are transformational and unforgettable.

As wellness opportunities become an important and expected part of an incentive trip, more groups are requesting unique activities that transcend the typical, seeking once-in-a-lifetime experiences to benefit both body and soul. Visually striking and contrasting, Canada’s destinations provide the setting for these transformative and memorable encounters with elevated wellness.

Forest Bathing and Foraging in a Luxury Wilderness Resort

Help your team disconnect, detoxify and experience nature in a new way, with a serene stay at the secluded Trout Point Lodge. Nestled within the untouched expanse of the Arcadian Forest in the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, the eco-lodge offers five-star accommodations in three buildings set across a 120-acre wooded estate. East of Halifax, the Tobeatic Wilderness Area is so remote that there is no cell phone coverage, just the reinvigorating splendor of nature.

Stargazing at Trout Point Lodge.

Here, groups can enjoy elevated versions of traditional wellness experiences — such as a massage in the middle of the forest, a replenishing session in an outdoor barrel sauna located on the dock, or blissful stargazing from the comfort of an open-air wood-fired hot tub.

Trout Point Lodge has also made the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku a centerpiece of its wilderness offerings. Loosely translated as “forest bathing”, the practice involves a leisurely, meditative walk through the estate’s extensive trails taking in the verdant beauty of sugar maple, yellow birch and spruce trees.

Participants are encouraged to open their senses and fully experience the sights, sounds and scents of the abundant forest. Studies have shown that the practice offers health benefits such as lower blood pressure and decreased stress levels.

Groups can also participate in a culinary hike guided by an experienced naturalist to look for edible delicacies such as burdock roots, cat tails and cucumber root. After exploring the forest around the Tusket River, the tour heads back to the lodge to cook the foraged bounty, offering a unique way to experience the land with all your senses. Teams will leave not only rested and restored, but better connected with nature and one another.

Sip to Sky in British Columbia’s Majestic Mountains

Fly your team in by seaplane to the tranquil abode of the Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, named for Clayoquot Sound, a series of remote inlets surrounded by old-growth conifer forest. Designated as a UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve in 2000, the ecosystem’s temperate rainforest and alpine peaks provides habitats for around 300 animal species.

Sip to Sky
Sip to Sky experience at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge (photo credit: Jeremy Koreski)

The lodge is a luxury settlement modeled after the style of the turn-of-the-century prospectors, featuring 25 well-appointed white canvas tents. Groups can spend their morning experiencing wellness activities such as a meditative contemplation of the sunrise in the stillness of British Columbia’s wilderness or a yoga class with their colleagues at the lodge.

Rejuvenating treatments are available at the Healing Grounds Spa, a secluded sanctuary perched on the water’s edge where the rainforest meets the river and ocean. The spa offers a waterfront massage tent, wood-fired sauna, and deep cedar hot tubs with spectacular views over the sublime wilderness setting.

Afterwards, they can enjoy the exclusive private experience of a 15-minute scenic helicopter flight to the peak of the towering Ursus Mountain, followed by some delightful refreshment as they take in the majestic views over Clayoquot Sound —4000-ft above sea level.

All of this is just a flavor of what Canada can offer in terms of elevated, luxury wellness experiences that will inspire your team and invigorate your workplace culture.

For impartial insights and advice, and to learn more about the vast number of transformational incentives available in Canada, get in touch with Destination Canada’s Business Events team who will be able to help you personalize your incentive program for your team’s every want and need.

Looking to learn more?
Contact Jennifer Attersall—Acting Senior Director, Business Events, Destination Canada
[email protected]
T: +1 403-923-5972
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