Check out the Press that Mountain Trek has been receiving in Magazines, Websites and in the News.

Mountain Trek: The Transformation Vacation

Ready to hike into a whole new you?

Kokanee Trail “Got the Nordic poles? Check. First-Aid kit? Check. Bear spray? Yup….And we’re ready to go!” our hiking guide proclaims. “Do you mean ‘bug spray’?” I ask, with slight trepidation in my voice. “No, I meant ‘bear spray’….But don’t worry – it’s usually just a precaution”. And so, another group of urban professionals vacationing at Mountain Trek – a high-octane fitness resort nestled in southeastern B.C. – realize that we’re not in proverbial Kansas anymore. As we depart for a four-hour hike up an altitude heretofore seen only from the tops of office skyscrapers, we feel secure under the supervision of our fearless leader. Read more of Lynn Burshstein’s Mountain Trek experience.

Spa Magazine Features MT

Spa Magazine CoverMountain Trek takes a refreshingly different approach to “dieting.”

Spa Magazine‘s Winter 2012 issue has hit the news stands and with it, a feature article on Mountain Trek! They’ve named us one of the 12 Great Weight-Loss Spas and showcased Mountain Trek in their bootcamp coverage.

We were thrilled to have Liz Woodson the author of the article, visit us and participate in the program last summer and write about her experience.

Mountain Trek is one of the most personalized boot-camp experiences around, offering three guided groups at varying levels.

Read the full article here.

Mountain Trek Featured in Outside Magazine

In January 2004, Outside Magazine featured Mountain Trek as one of “Ten North American spas that will recharge your mind, body, and soul”.

outside magazine cover 2004ADVENTURE NEVER FELT SO GOOD

Mountain Trek Retreat and Health Spa Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia

THE VIBE: With a staff-to-guest ratio of more than two to one (only 14 guests are allowed at a time), visitors to Mountain Trek, in southeastern B.C., are pampered like Sinatra in Vegas. But be warned: The staff’s main job isn’t performing chemical peels; it’s getting your butt out the door and up the surrounding Columbia, Selkirk, and Purcell mountains. And no wonder – Mountain Trek employs a Delta Force cadre of local guides who can’t wait to get out there every morning. In fact, these folks are so hardcore, they spend their precious days off … hiking. Guests can choose beginner, intermediate, or advanced hiking groups. (Advanced boot jockeys typically trek 12-plus miles per day over 4,000 feet of elevation gain.) After the day’s trek, spa-goers crash in a fully feng shui 8,000-square-foot cedar lodge located on a former fruit orchard along the banks of 90-mile-long Kootenay Lake. Though hiking is Mountain Trek’s raison d’être (notice “Trek” in the name), the resort periodically follows a different path, offering weight-loss retreats, supervised fasting regimens, and other specialized programs.

GUEST LIST: Energetic hikers and dieters looking to amp up their fitness program.

AWE FACTOR: Yoga and meditation on the beach of ice-blue Kootenay Lake, with the 11,000-foot Purcells as a backdrop.

TO-DIE-FOR TREATMENT: Forgo the standard three-massage-per-week package and pay $185 extra for the Zombie, an option that includes a decadent hourlong full-body Swedish massage every day.

MENU: Favorites of head chef Aaron Jeffs include tofu tarts with tomato, basil, and black olive, and banana-coconut raw-fruit flan.

HE-MAN RATING: Four grunts-six days of hardcore mountain hiking means you earn that daily rubdown.

PRICE: $2,598 per person for the seven-night mountain-hiking option, meals included.

CONTACT: 800-661-5161,

Written by Jason Daley, Outside Magazine January 2004

Mountain Trek BC Featured in Zoomer Mag!

“In the quest to drop a few pounds and take his fitness level to new heights, Bill Macpherson heads for the hills”.

He documents his experience at Mountain Trek’s British Columbia lodge in the March 2011 edition of Zoomer Mag. Here is an excerpt from the article, Making the Trek:

“We’re moving. Through sun-speckled forests of cedar and larch, our mobile line of colour wends its way high above blue Kootenay Lake, tucked in the southeast corner of B.C.”

“…thoughts of a blissful evening soak in the whirlpool at the lodge across the lake keep me moving forward, muscles burning. Welcome to a typical day at Mountain Trek.”

“It’s a cliché that people make the place, but a fitting one here. You’re in an isolated part of the world at a luxurious lodge. No radio, television, coffee, alcohol or tobacco intrude on healthy mountain air and relaxing therapy; the world slips away at day’s end. Comfortable robes, sweats and tees – all provided – are the typical attire. You can exercise, steam or sauna anytime of the day or night. End result? Wellness and camaraderie amoung the guests grows remarkably fast.”

“…by week’s end I am feeling renewed, have a bunch of new friends and am 10 pounds lighter. I’ve hiked some amazing trails and, yes, I’m sore but in a good way.”Zoomer Magazine Cover

Mountain Trek in Top 5 Weight Loss Retreats

Woman OutsideMountain Trek was featured in a list of top weight loss retreats, on

If you’re looking for a major life style change, the Mountain Trek’s fitness program may just be the answer to your weight woes. The secret to the program’s success are daily hikes, evening cardio activities, detox, nutrition classes and their wellness coaching program.

Even though the majority of your time in the retreat is spent on hiking, Mountain Trek offers a whole lot more than that. You can expect an active full day with early morning yoga classes and wide-ranging fitness classes. You’ll also get to taste their delicious calorie-controlled spa cuisine mostly composed of natural, cleansing foods. You can likewise engage in de-stressing activities such as therapeutic massages and stress management classes which are also vital to a healthy lifestyle. To learn more about their weight loss retreat services, visit or call 1800-661-5161.”

A Mountain Trek Alumni Returns to Beautiful BC

In 2004, travel writer Cynthia Dial came to Mountain Trek in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She returned in the fall of 2010 and documented her experience in TraveLife Magazine and

“With a six-year-older body and a metabolism 2,190 days closer to its expiration date (yes, I multiplied), I had doubts. Would a similar routine have similar results? Moreover, would this older version of me be physically amenable to the rigorous routine?

Thus, I decided to compare the visits – divulging the whole truth and nothing but the truth…”

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Mountain Trek “Extraordinary Adventure Bootcamp” Says Tatler

Tatler Magazine Features Mountain TrekTatler Spa Guide 2011 has chosen Mountain Trek as one of the top 101 spas in the world. They recognize that “with everyone’s crazy, unhealthy lives, the spa break is no longer an indulgence but a necessity”. Mountain Trek is featured in the Lithe Spirit category, which is apt description as you go home feeling lighter in body and years.
All the images of Canada in your mind’s eye are here – pine, birch and maple trees, huge glassy lakes, wandering deer, elk, moose and bears, sensational colours and a huge timber lodge that holds no more than 16 guests. You can enjoy the rainforest and canyons of one of the most extraordinary adventure bootcamps out there.

Days start with smoothies and sunrise yoga, followed by breakfast and then a challenging but perfectly paced four-hour hike using Nordic poles. Reach the top of a mountain with your head almost in the clouds; stand in the thick of the forest and look up at a canopy of trees more than 1,800 years old.
Then it’s back to the lodge for serious-but-not-sanctimonious nutrition and health talks, supper, a massage, cardio, resistance training and a steam. Phew. Use the infrared sauna every day – you can burn up to 600 calories in 30 minutes. This, combined with the hiking, ensures the pounds fall off, but it’s the whole new perspective on life in general that hooks people. Come back for the post-Christmas ‘Turkey Burner’ week.– Tatler Spa Guide 2011, November 2010

Spa Magazine

Diary of a Weight-Loss Boot Camp

Writer Margaret Pierpont of Spa Magazine visits Mountain Trek, where she loses weight, gains determination, and finds her edge.

Read the full article…

The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times has named Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat and Health Spa as one of their 20 best spas. We’re recognized as one of only 5 Boot Camps in the list, and the only Canadian Spa.
Download Article Adobe PDF Format, 4MB  The Times Online also covers us in a brief piece “Five boot-camp spas“.