The Groupe Nordik family of spas combines an upscale spa experience grounded with an escape into nature.
With the thermal cycle at its core, Groupe Nordik has transformed the traditional spa into an immersive wellness experience. Its spas, located in Chelsea, Que., Whitby, Ont., and Winnipeg, Man., are each inspired by sauna culture and spa rituals from around the world, but with a distinctly Canadian identity.
The immersive spa experience is tailored toward the health and well-being of its guests, with world-class amenities like saunas, steam rooms, outdoor baths, meditation rooms, and gourmet dining experiences. Guests can get pampered with a variety of massage and treatment options and enjoy ultimate serenity in the Källa flotation pools in Chelsea and Whitby, all while discovering the physical and mental benefits of thermotherapy — a three-step relaxation ritual that involves immersing oneself in heat, then cold, followed by a rest period.
Every season brings a different feel to the spa experience, with summer patios and cozy winter fire pits. These wellness destinations are meant to be both places of quiet meditation and enjoyable socialization, offering guests a chance to reconnect with nature, their loved ones, and themselves.
The Thermal Experience + Cycle
Based on ancient Nordic traditions, thermotherapy is a wellness ritual that involves spending time in a hot environment, then a cold one, followed by a rest period.
- Improved physical and mental well-being
- Better sleep, memory, and mental alertness
- Relief from injury, chronic pain, rheumatism, and arthritis
- Deep relaxation
For maximum benefit, the thermal cycle is done three times in the following sequence:
Hot dry sauna or steam room to raise body temperature and build a sweat (8-15 minutes)
Short cold-water plunges
to release adrenaline
(10 seconds or more)
Recovery to slow the adrenaline and boost endorphins (at least 20 minutes)
An immersive wellness journey
Nordik Spa-Nature, nestled in the picturesque village of Old Chelsea in Quebec, is the largest spa in North America. Since 2005, the spa has been offering guests an immersive relaxation experience, with wellness services like facial and body treatments and massages, and the Källa saltwater flotation pool, which will make you feel like you’re floating in the Dead Sea.
Thermëa spa village in Whitby, Ont., also features a Källa saltwater flotation pool, along with six dry saunas, two steam rooms, and seven other baths, making every visit to the spa village a new experience. Located only 50 minutes from downtown Toronto, Thermëa spa village offers a wide selection of experiences dedicated to the well-being of body and mind. Guests may enhance their visit by adding a massage or treatment, such as the self-guided wellness treatment, Rhassoul, or by visiting one of the three restaurants, each with a different menu that changes with the seasons.
Unique sauna rituals
Customizing your experience is one of the benefits that each of Groupe Nordik’s spas offers — with rich, meditative Ritual experiences that transport you on a journey elsewhere. Discover the Aufguss — a German ritual designed to maximize the benefits of thermotherapy through an intensified thermal cycle guided by a Rituals Artisan. Based on an ancient practice, this ritual embraces water vapour infused with essential oils that carry health-enhancing properties. No two Rituals are the same — different aromas, atmosphere, length, intensity, soundscape, and choreography all create an open-ended story in this unique experience.
Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature in Winnipeg, Man., offers guests a peaceful escape in the midst of a bustling city. Just a short drive from downtown Winnipeg, this haven of wellness is a must-visit destination no matter the season. Whether it’s snowing or sunny, Thermëa is the ultimate retreat.
A peaceful escape
In the winter, Winnipeg’s Thermëa invites guests to experience the season in a gentler way. Relax in plush robes, warm up in the heated relaxation beds or one of the four saunas, or sit, rest, and listen to the crackle of roaring fires. As the only Nordic spa in the Canadian prairies, it’s worth revisiting in the summer. Thermëa’s seasonal beach area offers an additional escape where you can dig your toes in the sand, enjoy a crisp, craft beer with an artisanal wood-fired pizza from the outdoor Biergarden, bask in the sunshine on handcrafted beach loungers or daybeds, and cool down in the spa’s luxurious rainforest mist.
A trip to any one of Groupe Nordik’s luxurious spas is a treat for the senses and a revitalizing experience for the mind, body, and soul. With so many Rituals, treatments, and experiences to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect fit. And whether you’re in Quebec, Ontario, or Manitoba, you can enjoy a well-deserved moment’s respite and discover the joy and benefits of thermotherapy.
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