Health & Wellness
Take a Vacation For Your Heart, Mind, and Body
Experience majestic mountains, forests, and waters that will nourish your soul. Escape the busyness of everyday life. Enjoy the inspiration and company of kindred spirits.
The region has numerous retreats and spas, as well as many yoga and meditation studios.
Nelson and the entire Kootenay Lake area is well known for its abundance of deep healing and wellness retreats. Mountain Trek, nestled in the forest above Ainsworth Hot Springs, is a premiere fitness and health retreat centre. Ranked by Travel & Leisure as the #1 Health Retreat in North America in 2019, it's also earned top marks from Condé Nast Traveller and SpaFinder. On the more spiritual side there's the Yasodhara Ashram. The Ashram is a globally recognized centre, offering retreats throughout the year hosted on their stunning property on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake.
Spas & Treatments
Pamper yourself with a boutique spa experience at Aura Spa & Salon at the Hume Hotel, featuring facials, body treatment, massages, nails, make up and more. You'll find a spa at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson, with a full slate of services to help you refresh and relax. The Falling Water Spa at Wing Creek Resort just north of Kaslo also offers multiple restorative services in a spectacular quiet and forested setting overlooking Kootenay Lake. If you're looking for a unique
From a short morning stretch to multiple weeks of yogi training, you'll find all kinds of yoga options in and around Nelson. The incredible Shanti Yoga Studio offers classes in a beautifully restored heritage building on Baker Street. Turn up the heat with a yoga class at Bambu Hot Yoga in Nelson or slow down with a gentle or restorative class at Vitality with incredible teacher Melisa. Santé Holistic Health Centre also offers a variety of classes and health services. All studios are within a block of each other. In Crawford Bay head to Tara Shanti, a newly renovated retreat centre featuring yoga classes and accommodation overlooking Kootenay Lake.
Find your zen in a 12,000 pound salt cave. The Himalayan Salt Cave, located in Nelson, is the perfect spot to treat your respiratory system with a halotherapy cave session, where tiny airborne salt particles clean the lungs and sinuses. They have weekly meditation sessions and even offer sound healing. You can also book a massage either in the salt cave or in the Amethyst Room on an infrared heated bed of crystals.
Read our visitors guide online or order a copy of the official visitor's guide and map for our region.