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Vancouver Island Spa Itinerary

Vancouver Island Spas

The Road to Spa Pleasures

For the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation, treat yourself to a luxurious spa getaway in the Vancouver Island region. The soul-soothing treatments are divine, incorporating local traditions, plants, and herbs. Resort spas throughout the area are all situated in spectacular settings – among lush forests or on the seashore.

Day 1

Victoria

Begin in Victoria via Victoria International Airport or transfer by BC Ferries for a scenic 95 minute sailing through the Gulf Islands to Swartz Bay ferry terminal.

Upon arrival, travel to Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa in the Brentwood area for a unique spa experience with a tranquil west coast perspective. Essence of Life Spa offers signature Vino therapy treatments, a technique developed in France that uses grape seeds and grape skins in body-care potions amongst other full range services.

For the ultimate spa experience with a tranquil west coast perspective, the Spa – Essence of Life offers signature Vinotherapy treatments, massages, facials and pedicures to inspire the body, mind and soul. . After your treatment, relax in style overlooking the marina with a poolside cocktail.For the ultimate spa experience with a tranquil west coast perspective, the Spa – Essence of Life offers signature Vinotherapy treatments, massages, facials and pedicures to inspire the body, mind and soul.

Day 2

Parksville

Make your way to the Beach Club Resort’s Stonewater Spa.  Located on the area’s most favourite beach, the Stonewater Spa provides the combination of comfort and personalized attention to fulfill your vision of the perfect day spa experience. They offer a full range of treatments from facials to signature treatments as the seaweed leg treatment where the Cryogenic seaweed stimulates circulation with a toning effect that relieves tired and heavy legs. Enjoy dinner at their Fireside Grill and watch the low tides unmask the underwater biodiversity that exists on coastal BC.

Day 3

Courtenay

Head north to Courtney and visit Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa…home to the renowned Pacific Mist Hydropath®. Unique to North America, the Pacific Mist Hydropath® features eight water therapy stations set in a recreated West Coast shoreline of sculpted caves and pools. The spa offers full range services too. Enjoy the comforts of their beachfront suites or ocean view rooms, stroll our lovely gardens and beachfront or watch the abundance of wildlife from your private balcony or patio.

Day 3

Tofino & Ucluelet

For a completely different atmosphere head west to Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island and enjoy the scenic drive by the Cathedral Grove National Park where you can admire one of the world’s most ancient rainforests with trees over 800 year old.

The Healing Grounds Spa & Wellness Centre at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, a floating, luxury eco-lodge, is nestled safely in the remote and serene Quait Bay, located in the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound World’s Biosphere Reserve. This 21st century safari-style enclave of great white canvas suite tents opens May to September and offers exquisite cuisine and breathtaking adventures to its visitors. Awaken your senses in their rainforest wood-fired cedar sauna and hot tubs, and yoga room. The secluded outdoor massages, showers, and seawater hot tubs will make you wish you never had to go home.

Clayoquot Sound World Biosphere Reserve, and is open each year from May 20 to September 30. This unique 21st-century-safari-style enclave of great white canvas suite tents, dining, lounge, and spa tents, offers exquisite cuisine and breathtaking adventures, giving visitors a rare taste of how the fortunate spent their summers ‘roughing it’ some 100 years ago. Twenty guest and family suite tents showcase antique furnishings, opulent rugs, down duvets, remote-controlled propane powered woodstoves and luxurious amenities. The resort employs local men and women, and through education-based conservation and recreational offerings, contributes to the global understanding of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Area – a UNESCO-designated reserve. Ideal for the equestrian, angler, kayaker, canoeist, hiker, cyclist, wildlife enthusiast or anyone looking for a break – and a trip of a lifetime!

Also in Tofino is the impressive Wickaninnish Inn, a landmark Relais & Châteaux property perched on the western edge of beautiful British Columbia. If the Wickaninnish Inn is the oyster, its pearl has to be Ancient Cedars Spa. Nestled into the ocean level of the Pointe building, the spa is sheltered by the forest fringe, adjacent to the wave dashed-rocks looking out to the open Pacific. Here, the spa practitioners and aestheticians provide a journey into a sense of well-being, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation, inspired by their natural surroundings. You can enjoy their various luxurious treatments a la carte or as part of an accommodation package.

A few kilometres south, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet combines modern luxury with the organic energy of the Canada’s western frontier for an enchanting vacation experience. Designed with a deep respect for the land and sea, Black Rock’s innovative architecture of rock, water, glass, steel, and wood enhances and contrasts the Wild Pacific landscape. Soak the landscape at its Drift Spa. Enjoy cleansing, revitalizing treatments drawn from the natural elements of this rich coast. Drift features an extensive menu of rejuvenating and restorative body and skin treatments including, facials using kelp from Pacific waters, natural sea oils, and rainforest botanicals or body scrubs with sea salt, seaweed, and glacial mud sourced from Vancouver Island. The foremost vision for Black Rock was a unique respect for the land and landscape upon which the resort is built. Rock, water, glass, steel, wood, expansive space, intimate details, careful attention to views and natural light are hallmarks of this west coast contemporary design approach that complements and contrasts its natural Pacific surroundings

Day 5

Gulf Islands

End your travels in one of the Gulf Islands, Pender Island. Tucked away in Bedwell Harbour, Poets Cove Resort & Spa is the Gulf Islands’ premier luxury resort with a full service marina and a 3,500sq ft. spa.  Poets Cove Resort & Spa offers accommodations in deluxe oceanside cottages or villas in the midst of pristine wilderness and incredible natural beauty.  Rejuvenate your soul at the Susurrus Spa with a full range of spa services all in a soothing atmosphere of relaxation and indulgence. Susurrus Signature Oil blend contains lavender that is grown and harvested locally. Each treatment enjoys the use of the eucalyptus steam cave beneath a waterfall, and the oceanview hot tub at the base of the waterfalls.

No matter where you go on the Island for your spa vacation, you’ll leave feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to face the world again.

Suggested Minimum Travel Days

Victoria – 2 days

Gulf Islands – 1 to 2 days each

Cowichan Valley – 1.5 to 2 days

Nanaimo – 1.5 to 2 days

Parksville/Qualicum Beach – 3 days

Port Alberni & Pacific Rim – 2 days

Comox Valley – 1.5 to 2 days

Campbell River – 1.5 to 2 days

North Island – 2 days

Special Points of Interest

Did you know…

  • Many cultures, including Greek, Roman and Egyptian viewed social bathing as a significant cultural process. It was particularly important when they were in need of relief from pain or sought general health improvement?
  • There were approximately 170 baths in Rome during the reign of Caesar Augustus?
  • The term spa is derived from the name of the town of Spa, Belgium, where illnesses were treated with spring water since medieval times?

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