Spa 901

Spa 901

March 12, 2012 12:35 ET

$30 Million Fernie Spa and Resort Holds Grand Opening

Iconic 1908 schoolhouse transformed into luxury resort with spa and wellness centre

FERNIE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2012) - Construction is now complete on the 6600 sq. ft, Fernie spa and wellness centre at 901 Fernie, a $30 million restoration of the old schoolhouse built in 1908. A Grand Opening was held Saturday night, March 10, in Spa 901 to celebrate the completion of the Kootenays first destination spa and wellness resort.

Visitors can now book Fernie spa getaways with rooms and treatments at 901 Fernie through Fernie Central Reservations at:

"Parastone Developments is proud to introduce some grandeur back into Fernie's downtown," says Simon Howse, general manager of Parastone Developments, "901 Fernie is very unique. It's iconic schoolhouse luxury suites combined with a spa and wellness centre like Spa 901 will help attract more tourists to Fernie."

Howse adds, "We had a great team and a lots of support. The project was a huge economic stimulus for the community and we believe it will continue to serve as a catalyst for more investment in downtown and Fernie as a whole."

901 Fernie was built by Parastone Developments. Parastone completed construction of the 44-suite mountain resort and residences in 2010 following a successful sale of all but 5 suites. Home owners have the option of placing their suite into the vacation rental program operated by Fernie Central Reservations.

At the turn of the century the schoolhouse was a beautiful, majestic, brick building that was then covered with white/yellow stucco that deteriorated and became an eyesore. The LeBlond Partnership, architects of 901 Fernie, worked with Parastone to transformed the iconic building into luxury condominiums complete with spa and wellness centre.

Spa 901 was designed by the LeBlond Partnership as well. Previously LeBlond did the Solace Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs. The spa and wellness centre is owned and operated by Shelly MacGregor, president of Apex Massage Therapy, who operates two wellness facilities and SpaGoes (, a mobile spa in Calgary.

Highlights of Spa 901 include: Two infrared saunas, five treatment rooms, a couples fireplace treatment room, co-ed and women-only fireplace relaxation lounges, outdoor hot pool, and men and women's change rooms. Spa 901 offers unique and traditional therapies and treatments including a variety of styles of therapeutic massage, aesthetician services and private bath treatments.

"The work that Parastone Developments has put into the restoration will amaze people," says Shelly MacGregor, owner of Spa 901, "The beautiful brick walls and high ceilings create a truly unique spa experience that offers surprising value. We are excited to be a part of this iconic building and the community."

Spa 901 is now open and taking bookings. Access is through the main schoolhouse doors on 2nd Avenue, in Fernie, B.C. Booking can be made online at:

Opera Singer and Spa 901 aesthetician, Kena Wigen, 21, from Creston B.C., did two performances at the Grand Opening and the Trinity Mountain Ensemble, a Fernie string and flute quartet provided live music as attendees toured through the 6600 sq. ft spa and wellness centre.

For more information and great photos please Scott Henderson.

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