British Columbia

Fernie a spa-tacular setting


The entrance to Spa 901 is built into the restoration of a 1908 schoolhouse in Fernie. (Photo courtesy Perry Thompson/Handout)

The entrance to Spa 901 is built into the restoration of a 1908 schoolhouse in Fernie. (Photo courtesy Perry Thompson/Handout)


After a long, hard day of skiing on the slopes or golfing on the links, you'll look forward to going back to school.

No, really.

With Spa 901 recently opened inside the original building of the historic 1908 Fernie, B.C., schoolhouse, get ready for some old-school pampering.

The 6,600-sq.-ft. destination spa and wellness resort in 901 Fernie offers the utmost in luxury, from facials to pedicures to manicures to massages.

According to Spa 901 sole proprietor Shelly MacGregor, it's important for people to get away from it all.

"I want people to experience what it is to take time out here for themselves," she says. "I want to offer the treatment, but also offer the experience."

With eight staff members on site, Spa 901 is the perfect locale for your bridal shower, birthday party, corporate event or retreat.

Spa 901 offers traditional therapies and treatments, along with a variety of therapeutic massages, including Thai massage, esthetician services and private bath treatments in five treatment rooms and a gorgeous couples fireplace treatment room, perfect for couples celebrating a birthday or anniversary.

After your treatment, enjoy one of two infrared saunas, put your feet up in a fireplace relaxation lounge or take a soak in the outdoor hot tub, before retreating back to your suite on the school grounds.

Parastone Developments completed the $30-million transformation of the historic schoolhouse into 44 one-, two-and three-bedroom townhome and condominium residences and vacation rentals, with $2 million in restorations and construction of the spa.

"The restoration of this incredible landmark building is amazing and so well-planned," MacGregor says, also president of Apex Massage Therapy in Calgary. "We were excited at the opportunity to create a truly unique spa and wellness centre in this iconic building and beautiful space."

Parastone Development general manager Simon Howse calls Spa 901 the "icing on the cake.

"A spa and wellness facility like this in a mountain resort town like Fernie benefits the local community and helps attracts tourists," Howse says. "Spa 901 is the only true destination spa in the Kootenays."

901 Fernie sits at the end of the shopping and dining district in downtown Fernie.

To book a spa treatment online, go to,or to book a stay at 901 Fernie, go to

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