If the thought of jetting off to Las Vegas holds zero appeal, or you’re over the days of cheap highballs and booming bass at nightclubs, or you just want to spend more quality time with your bridesmaids, consider a stagette that’s less rowdy and more rejuvenating.
- Kananaskis Nordic Spa
Indulge in the ultimate spa day in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The Kananaskis Nordic Spa offers a luxurious twist on an invigorating Nordic tradition. Alternate between three different steam rooms and five pools ranging from hot to cold, then relax by the fire or take a nap in an oversized hammock. Add on a massage for an extra treat and cap off the day with a bottle of wine and a charcuterie board from the onsite bistro.
If an urban setting is more your vibe, book a mini staycation with your girls at this modern luxury hotel in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Spend the day getting pampered at the onsite spa, then dine on dry-aged steaks at Braven Restaurant or check out Kindred Food + Drink for more casual fare. After dinner you can catch a game or concert at Rogers Place, a performance at the Citadel Theatre or hit up a summer festival—all within walking distance. Cap things off with a cocktail at Alchemy before settling into your plush bedding for the night.
- A Group Fitness Class
Is there a workout you’ve wanted to try but haven’t yet? Getting a group together is a great way to test the waters of a new fitness trend, and many studios offer private classes. Sweat it out with a high intensity Orangetheory Fitness workout or a spin class. Bliss Yoga Spa offers a variety of classes for beginners and master yogis alike. Bring out your inner ballerina at Barre Body or embrace your sensual side with a pole or aerial fitness class at Aradia Fitness.
- Hike to Lake Agnes Tea House
This half-day hike will take you away from the busy tourist traffic at Lake Louise to a peaceful historical retreat in a beautiful natural setting. The 3.5 km mountain trail winds through the forest past spectacular views of Lake Louise and Mirror Lake to a rustic log cabin on the shores of Lake Agnes. This tea house has been a welcome respite for hikers since 1905 and retains many original features. Savour homemade soups, sandwiches and baked goods to accompany your choice of over 100 types of fine loose-leaf tea.
- Tour Calgary
Experience a familiar place with a new perspective! Calgary offers guided tours to suit every type of enthusiast—from the gourmand to the ghost hunter. Urban Crawl City Tours specializes in craft beer, progressive dinner and wine and cheese crawls, as well as surprise tours for those with adventurous palates. Walk on the dark side of Calgary’s history with Haunted Cowtown or experience real cowboy life on working ranches and farms with Agro Scenic Tours.