With the unusual amount of snow that has recently landed in BC, and with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, a spa getaway could be exactly what you need to relax, unwind and wash away your cares.

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Spas on Vancouver Island offer a unique experience, such as unparalleled views of the ocean or rainforest, or using local products such as seaweed, cedar trees or berries. Even locally produced wine!


There are many spas across the island to choose from, but here are some BC favourites.


The Ancient Cedars Spa at the Wickaninnish Inn

Location: Tofino

Website: www.wickinn.com

Information: Voted the #1 Hotel Spa in the Continental US and Canada, and the Best Hotel Spa overall worldwide by Travel + Leisure, the Ancient Cedars Spa offers a unique and true BC experience for its guests with treatments inspired by Aboriginal cleansing ceremonies.


Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

Location: Courtenay

Website: www.kingfisherspa.com

Information: In addition to traditional spa services, the Kingfisher offers water therapies from a series of pools and caves carved from sandstone, and you can enjoy a waterfall massage, a steam cave or a sea mineral soak.

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The Orchard Spa at Merridale Estate Cidery

Location: Cobble Hill

Website: www.merridale.ca

Information: Sip on a glass of cider and enjoy the view during your manicure or pedicure. The Orchard Spa also offers outdoor spa treatments, body wraps and facials. When you’re done, indulge in a first-class spa dining menu.


The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara

Location: Parksville

Website: www.grottospa.com

Information: The Grotto Spa was voted #1 Spa in Western Canada by Spas of American Online and is the largest resort spa in BC. Take a dip in the grotto mineral pool and enjoy the ocean view.


Drift Spa at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Location: Ucluelet

Website: www.blockrockresort.com

Information: You’ll find nothing but relaxation at Drift Spa, where an ocean view comes standard with spa treatments.


Susurrus Spa at Poets Cove Resort & Spa

Location: Pender Island

Website: www.poetscove.com

Information: Sit in a sandstone steam cave under a waterfall. How much more relaxing could it get!


Madrona Del Mar Spa

Location: Galiano Island

Website: www.galianoinn.com

Information: Indulge in a blackberry vinotherapy massage. That’s right – wine and massage together!


Healing Grounds Spa at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Location: Tofino

Website: www.wildretreat.com

Information: The Healing Grounds Spa offers spa treatments in tents and rooms that sit on the edge of the rainforest. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to go. Soak in a wood-fired hot tub, wash in the outdoor shower and even take in a yoga class, admiring the local wildlife while your cares float away.


Island Currents Spa at Sonora Resort

Location: Sonora Island

Website: www.sonoraresort.com

Information: Sonora Resort is only accessible by air or water taxi, so no one will be interrupting your well-earned rest. This luxury experience offers spa treatments that give you a wonderful view of the Inside Passage, and maybe even orcas. Sign up for a grizzly bear sightseeing tour while you’re there!

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