Wednesday, August 29, 2012

       If ever there was a place dedicated to the spiritual needs and well being of the individual, Grail Springs Spa is it. With a gothic influence and strong connections to Arthurian legend, this delightful place is located in a glorious wooded setting in Canada's northern wilderness. 
       As I approached the resort recently, golden light shining through the tall gothic windows of the Great Hall engendered a magical ambience.  On the lake a lone kayaker illuminated by the setting sun skimmed effortlessly across mirrored water.  In a fanciful moment the soft whinny of a horse in the Grail Springs stables conjured thoughts of King Arthur and his Knights.  At that moment I could well understand the attachment that Madeleine Marentette, the spa's founder, had for this enticing setting. Looking around her she said, "I fell in love with the area a long time ago when I was a camper at Silent Lake Provincial Park".

       In its charmed setting Chalice Lake, a receptacle for hundreds of bubbling springs, provides the resort with the purest of water.  Iced over in the winter, skaters glide and twirl in a winter workout.

       Indulging in other cold-weather pursuits, guests cross-country ski or don snow shoes to explore trails that twist and turn like sleek icy ribbons through a still silent forest.

       In Canada's snowy winter, crackling fires and star-filled nights with the occasional mournful cry of a coyote or wolf, indicate that nature in all its majesty is just a whisper away.

More to follow on this glorious spa...

Photo copyright Anne Gordon

Posted by Anne Gordon on Wednesday, 29th August, 2012


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