British Columbia


Nestled into the spectacular Okanagan region of British Columbia, the Sparkling Hill Resort is a 152-room resort and wellness hotel that offers traditional treatments, including reflexology, aromatherapy, soothing moor mud wraps and therapeutic massages, along with a complete aesthetics program. In addition, Sparkling Hill is enthusiastic to introduce North Americans to new and unique treatments that will stimulate their wellbeing and go well beyond the norm of current industry offerings.

The resort also offers consultations with physicians, nutritionists, physiotherapists as well as medical and spa practitioners. Programs are created for those interested in improving their wellbeing while many treatments are “a la carte.”

Sparkling Hill Resort & Wellness Hotel will go beyond conventional pampering, drawing guests from all over the world to experience its own unique standard of wellness, while enjoying the beauty of the North Okanagan.

The most unique treatment is the Cold Sauna, known for helping with stimulating circulation. Popular in Europe and the first in North America, Sparkling Hill’s cold sauna is KurSpa’s signature health treatment. The cold sauna provides a treatment called cryotherapy, which involves spending up to three minutes in a room set at -110°C. The room is a dry cold, which makes it comfortable. Clients are asked to wear light clothing and socks. Protective head bands, face masks and gloves are provided. Please note, all jewelry must be removed prior to entering the sauna.

While in the fully-monitored chamber, the skin temperature drops to 5°C. The blood vessels quickly build a protection zone while the core body temperature is maintained. The effect of this whole-body treatment is systemic, whereby during and after cold treatment, biochemical, hormonal and immune modulatory processes are activated, giving the nervous and circulatory systems a boost.

Cold sauna treatment is known to alleviate pain and assist with inflammation, reduce the hypertonicity of muscles, improve joint and muscle function, reduce and relieve skin irritation, cutaneous lesions with neurodermatitis and psoriasis. Guests report a pleasant warm sensation throughout the whole body, feeling happy, strong, and full of energy. For longer-lasting results, subsequent treatments are suggested.

A few additional things that make the resort unique:

  • Inspiring Powerwall™ room cabinetry incorporating Swarovski crystal elements
  • Fireplace incorporating Swarovski crystal elements
  • Unique crystal “tub-for-2” with an outside view
  • Swarovski crystal element “Starry Sky” tranquil ceiling over bathtub
  • Walk-thru shower with outside view
  • Natural ventilation with fully open sliding window wall

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The most popular way to get around between Vancouver Island, mainland British Columbia and Washington State is by vehicle and passenger ferries, operated by BC Ferries. Each day, dozens of ferries cross the straits, granting stunning views of the rocky coastline, forested islands and inlets to all who sail. In pleasant weather, passengers fill the decks to enjoy the passing scenery.


British Columbia is the astonishingly geographically-diverse province that forms Canada’s west coast. People come here to bask in the glorious panoramas that encompass huge mountain peaks, unspoiled Pacific Ocean beaches and thousands of square miles of accessible pristine wilderness.


Revelstoke was proclaimed “The Capital of Canada’s Alps” and was known as “The Mountain Paradise” in the early 1900s. It’s a city that’s rich in history; a revitalization project has restored over two dozen heritage buildings from the Victorian era to their original splendor. The area’s beauty and history is reflected in the art you’ll come across in galleries and gift shops, and you can take a trip back to the days of steam with a visit to the railway museum.


One of the city’s jewels is Stanley Park, just minutes west of downtown Vancouver. At 1,000 acres, it is larger than New York’s Central Park, to which it can be compared. The road that circles the park provides spectacular views across Burrard Inlet and a seven-mile-long seawall promenade for pedestrians and cyclists offers an even more exhilarating series of seascapes.


One of the attractions in Stanley Park is the award-winning Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Center, which has an impressive collection of Pacific sea life. It’s possible to take a “behind the scenes” personally-guided tour, and get as up close and personal with some of the sharks, beluga whales and wolf eels as you care to. You can watch the playful antics of sea otters, view whales and dolphins both above and below water, and delight in the acrobatics of seals and sea lions at play.


Just ten minutes from downtown, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is Vancouver’s oldest attraction. The original bridge was built in the late 1800s and the one that you see here today is the fourth to be put up at this location. It’s 450 feet across and suspended 230 feet above the Capilano River, and bordered by a nature park that provides a tranquil retreat. Colorful totem poles surround the Capilano Trading Post, perched on the edge of a canyon.


On the western side of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, Vancouver is a vast and beautiful outdoor playground encompassing the full gamut of outdoor adventures. It’s likened to Hong Kong – or at least a Western version – with a busy cruise and commercial port in the Burrard Inlet. Greater Vancouver’s more than 1.75 million people comprise one of the most cosmopolitan mix of nationalities in the world.


Since 1979, Vancouverites have been reclaiming waterfront’s industrial land on both sides of False Creek. The south side was virtually an industrial wasteland under the Granville Bridge. Now, Granville Island is a spectacular shopping, dining and entertainment market that is easily reached by car, bus, boat or bike, from any part of the city. A scenic way to get there is to ride the tiny Aquabus ferries from Vancouver’s downtown core and enjoy the waterfront landscape as you travel to this bustling tourist and shopper’s haven.


One of the world’s greatest horticultural adventures is just outside Victoria. The Butchart Gardens are a world-class family-owned attraction that consists of 55 acres of flowers and plants divided into five spectacular theme gardens. Stroll through an elaborate rose garden and savor not only the sights, but also the exotic fragrances. There is an Italian garden, a Japanese garden, formal plantings, vast expanses of perfectly groomed lawns and elaborate fountains.


The attraction of Grouse Mountain dates back to 1894 when a party of pioneer hikers made their first ascent up the slopes. After shooting a blue grouse, they named the rugged peak “Grouse Mountain.” North America’s first double chair lift was installed here in 1949 and 17 years later, in 1966, Canada’s largest aerial tramway, the Blue Skyride, was completed


At the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is not only the provincial capital, but also the most British flavored city in Canada. In 1843, Victoria was established by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a British fur-trading post. By the late 1800s, the Gold Rush Era had left its stamp on the city with a growing population and a bustling market square. Many of the buildings from that colorful time in history have survived to this day.