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Nordik Spa-Nature Took Our Breath Away

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Nordik Spa-Nature

Some things in life literally take your breath away.

Nordik Spa-Nature is one of those things.

Located in the quaint town of Chelsea, Quebec, this world-famous spa is a destination I wish I had known about long ago. When I think back to my previous spa experiences over the years, none can compare to the spa day my sister-in-law and I recently experienced at Nordik Spa-Nature.

From their website:

“Located at the entrance of Gatineau Park, only 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa, Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America. Take the time to unwind and reenergize and take advantage of our unique installations: 7 outdoor baths, 8 unique saunas, infinity pool, restaurant and lounge. Treat yourself to a massage, a body treatment or our new Källa treatment, the second salt-water floating pool in the world!”

Designated Innovator Of The Year – 2013 Ottawa Tourism Awards, and Best Nordic Spa In Canada – 2013 Spa Awards, this award-winning spa was also listed in WHERE Magazine as one of the 9 Greatest Tourist Attractions In Canada (2012).

Those are pretty lofty titles, but titles that, in our opinion,  Nordik Spa-Nature still lives up to in 2015. From the minute you set foot onto the immense and beautiful grounds of Nordik Spa-Nature, it’s clear that your spa experience is about to awaken all your senses – starting with your eyes.

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Trekking up the stone steps at the front of Nordik Spa-Nature, we were greeted with beautifully landscaped views, and the warm, inviting smell of the outdoor fire gently crackling in the cold fall air, as we made our way to the front door. You simply could not hand-pick a more scenic and tranquil location for a spa.  The beautiful Gatineau Provincial Park is an idyllic setting for Nordik Spa-Nature.

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Despite the line up of guests waiting to enter the spa that fall morning, our check-in at Nordik Spa-Nature was quick and easy.  Nordik Spa-Nature is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors per year, so even on a cold fall day like the day we visited, the spa was bustling with clientele.

It was immediately apparent to us that we were on to something special with our visit to Nordik Spa-Nature just by the conversations we heard all around us – spoken by repeat visitors to the spa. When customers are returning for a subsequent visit, you know you’re about to experience something good!

Everything about Nordik Spa-Nature oozes tranquility and relaxation. From the serene setting of the spa, the warm indoor air of the spa facilities, the ambient lighting in key areas like the changing rooms and lounges, to the impeccably maintained grounds and facilities, the attention to detail surrounds you everywhere during your visit.

A spa experience at Nordik Spa-Nature begins in the well-equipped change rooms, where you will find everything from abundant washroom facilities, to private changing stalls, and open bench seating areas. There are plenty of well-situated lockers, and they are provided FREE to visitors of the spa. Bonus: a simple swipe of your special wristband lets you into your locker. No having to hang on to a key! You’ll also find such useful amenities as hair dryers, curling irons, and even Q-tips!

Although Nordik Spa-Nature is immense, we found it very easy to find our way around the spa thanks to the great signage placed in key areas. Need assistance with anything? You will find plenty of staff wandering the grounds of Nordik Spa-Nature, ready to assist you, or answer your questions.  Staff at the spa did not know we were visiting for a review the day we were there. This is the way I prefer it as this helps to give me a sense of what a destination’s “real” customer service experience is like.

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Nordik Spa-Nature’s customer service experience did not disappoint.  Customer service from all staff we dealt with was delivered in a casual and unassuming way.  All staff were helpful and incredibly friendly.  There is no doubt that a great client experience is something that Nordik Spa-Nature aims to deliver. Clearly, customer satisfaction is important to them.  Staff satisfaction is also important to Nordik Spa-Nature – as evidenced by all the friendly, smiling staff we encountered during our visit.

One of my favourite views that greeted us at Nordik Spa-Nature was this one – overlooking the Borea section of the spa:

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One look at this Nordic oasis and you can’t help but want to step outside, slip into one of those pools, and surround yourself with such beauty. This photo illustrates just a small section of the impeccably landscaped gardens, cobbled pathways, comfy lounge chairs and lounging beds (with hoods), and adult swings that line the grounds of the spa.  You’ll even find some lush rooftop gardens on sauna rooftops!

On the cold, damp day we visited Nordik Spa-Nature, I must admit, we were a little unsure about how much we would enjoy our outdoor spa experience in that type of weather.  We needn’t have worried. Nordik Spa-Nature is truly a spa for all seasons! With the abundance of hot tubs and warm outdoor pools, and a fantastic selection of saunas to enjoy (the eucalyptus and orange essential oils were our favourites!), you won’t be cold for long. As well, a number of outdoor heaters allow you to continue your spa experience and enjoy the outdoors – no matter the weather.

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You will notice that my photos do not show many people in them. This was done on purpose. First of all, not many visitors to the spa would appreciate their bathing-suited bodies being splashed for all to see on a blog. Secondly, cameras are not normally permitted around the outdoor spa grounds, so I had to get special permission to take these shots. The great folks at Nordik Spa-Nature were kind enough to let me do this – they knew that you would want a special “behind the scenes” look at their facilities!

There are 3 distinct types of areas in which to experience Nordik Spa-Nature: Silent, Quiet, and Social.  When spending time in these various areas (which are rather self-explanatory) visitors are asked to respect the rules posted. We felt this is an excellent idea. It ensures that, even on busy days like it was when we visited, it never becomes too crowded or loud, and maintains a consistent “zen” experience for everyone.

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The sheer number of pools, hot tubs, baths, and saunas at Nordik Spa-Nature is amazing. I have never been surrounded by so many fabulous options at any spa I have ever visited before.

Our game plan the day we visited was to experience everything once and then, if time permitted, revisit our favourites later in the day.  We managed to accomplish what we set out to do…with a few minor changes to that game plan. I’m not a polar bear, so there was no way you were getting me to plunge into this Kylma pool! Intentionally kept at a very cold temperature, the Kylma pool is not for the faint of heart during the colder seasons!

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There were two special experiences that stood out to me during our time at Nordik Spa-Nature. This was the first one: The Infinity Pool

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Located in the appropriately named Panorama section of the spa, this magnificent heated pool looks out over sweeping views of Gatineau Provincial Park, with a glimpse of the Ottawa skyline in the distance, making this one of my favourite panoramic views in the Outaouais region. Enjoying this truly captivating experience, we could have easily stayed here for most of our day.

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Both my sister-in-law and I agreed on this. Our ultimate favourite Nordik Spa-Nature experience was the Källa Treatment – Salt-Water Floating Pool.  If you have never experienced what it is like to float in a pool like this, and you likely haven’t unless you have visited Nordik Spa-Nature or the Dead Sea, the Källa Treatment is NOT to be missed. This pool is only the second of its kind in the world, and we are extremely lucky to have it here in the National Capital Region!

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Immerse yourself in this large salt water pool dug 5 meters deep into the rock and filled with water saturated to 12% of Epsom salt.

I’ve never felt more relaxed than I did floating in the salt-water pool. It was outstanding. You can lie right back in the water, relax and float. The water will do all the work for you. It will hold you up – I promise! I may have even dozed off for a few minutes while floating and listening to the soft and relaxing underwater music. You can only hear this music once you are fully relaxed in the water, with your head back, and your ears under the water.

Peaceful. Relaxing. Rejuvenating.

Of course, all this relaxing at the spa builds up an appetite! Well, it did for us! Nordik Spa-Nature has a great menu to satisfy spa-bellies.  Don’t go looking for any fried food feasts at the spa though, as you won’t find that type of fare there. Food is an experience unto itself at Nordik Spa-Nature – something to be savoured and enjoyed. Delicious, healthy and nutritious menu items that will please the palate, and keep tummies relaxed and comfortable, are available to guests in their restaurant. Reasonable pricing, in a very chic yet laid-back atmosphere make Resto the place to relax, unwind and reenergize.  While at Resto, we enjoyed sharing a platter of exquisite fruits and cheeses, and of course, a glass of house wine to wash everything down! A perfect meal that left us feeling ready to get back to enjoying more of what the spa had to offer.

We both finished off our day at Nordik Spa-Nature with one of my favourite services provided there – a massage. It was a great way to end our time at Nordik Spa-Nature!

We had been warned – a day at Nordik Spa-Nature and we will go home feeling tired and ready for a good sleep. We thought they were joking. How exhausting could a day at a spa be? We will leave that for you to find out for yourself!

If you plan on visiting Nordik Spa-Nature, be sure to check out their website before you visit to help you maximize your spa experience. Towels are provided, but be sure to bring your bathing suit and a robe (robes can also be rented at the spa).

Now for the exciting part! The great folks at Nordik Spa-Nature wish to give one lucky Canadian Blog House reader the chance to experience Nordik Spa-Nature for themselves!! They are generously offering up a terrific prize – you could WIN a Nordik Spa-Nature prize package that gives you the same spa experience we had:

A Thermal Experience For 2

A Kalla Treatment For 2

Bathrobes For 2

Total value of this fabulous prize package is $250!!

 

A huge thank you to all staff at Nordik Spa-Nature for a fantastic day at the spa that we won’t soon forget!! A special thank you to my wonderful sister-in-law, Ms. L, for keeping me company there, and for providing me great feedback for this review!

Here’s how you can enter for your chance to WIN your own Nordik Spa-Nature experience (please be sure to read all official rules ~ transportation and other expenses incurred are not covered).

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Disclosure: Nordik Spa-Nature provided us with a complimentary visit to their location. All opinions are our own.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. February 13, 2015

    Sandra Tuplin

    Looks like an amazing place.

  2. February 13, 2015

    Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

    My DH took me to a luxury spa in Montreal when we were first dating. We’re due for another pampering…

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  3. February 12, 2015

    tracie virgin

    ive only been once,but would love to share a massage with my fiancee

  4. February 12, 2015

    Chris H

    No Spa, but I would totally try one haha

  5. February 11, 2015

    Lisa Powell

    Yes. I would love to try the salt water floating experience.

  6. February 11, 2015

    Lian

    Thanks to your post, I would LOVE to try the Kalla Treatment! It sounds amazing and relaxing! I usually love getting a massage and a pedi, but this sounds like a lot of fun!

  7. February 11, 2015

    Nicole B

    I have been to the spa before but never got the massages so that would be on my top list for next visit!

  8. February 10, 2015

    Melissa M

    i have never been to a spa. this looks so beautiful! i want to try everything! the salt water floating pool looks amazing

  9. February 9, 2015

    Cheryl

    I have never been to a spa anymore, I would most like a massage

  10. February 7, 2015

    Craig

    my favourite treatment at Le Nordil is the Aufguss ceremony with the warm air circulated by towels in a scented hot Finnish steam room! Love that!

  11. February 7, 2015

    Life of K

    I’ve been once to Le Nordik. My fave was the infinity pool. I could have stayed in there forever!

  12. February 6, 2015

    Onyelome Eboh

    Nah I want to go to one. I really wanted to gift my mom with one too.

  13. February 5, 2015

    Onyelome Eboh

    Looks sweet

  14. February 5, 2015

    Veronica S.

    I’ve never been but now I really want to visit Le Nordik. I’d love to try their Kalla treatment!

  15. February 5, 2015

    Megan Powell

    I love this spa and could definitely use this with one toddler and another babe on the way. Looks magical!

  16. February 4, 2015

    julie_bolduc

    I never  been to a spa I think i would  like a facial

  17. February 3, 2015

    OceanPearl

    I have been to this spa once before with my BFF. It appears that they have added several interesting features since my visit and I would love to try the infinity pool and the salt pool! That would be amazing!!!

  18. February 3, 2015

    Lynn Noel

    I have never been in a real spa but for this great offer i would (if I win) would donate it to St Patrick’s Home Ottawa a charity I work for as we are hosting an event with silent auction to cekebrate 150 years of caring all funds raised go to services for seniors in long term care this item could cause a fun bidding war amongst our 300 guests event is March 12th so timing is Perfect !

  19. February 3, 2015

    Kristin Becknell

    I love going having a spa retreat! My favorite treatment is a hot stone massage – nothing is as relaxing as heating up my muscles after a good massage. I try to get one at least once per year!

  20. February 3, 2015

    Carolyn

    My favourite treatment is a deep tissue massage with Sean Belley! Then the baths and steam room! Heaven!

  21. February 3, 2015

    Flora

    I’ve been to hotstone massage. Really nice!

  22. February 3, 2015

    Daryl

    looks really nice!

  23. February 2, 2015

    Fan R

    I have been to a spa before, love a body massage treatment the most.

  24. February 2, 2015

    lisa bolduc

    i have neevr meed to a spa before. the most i have had done is a manicure and pedicure.

  25. February 1, 2015

    Martine Malo

    This place is fabulous! I went to the Nordik before. I wish I could afford to go more often. This place helps me relax and forget about all worries. It is also an escape place for me…I am on dialysis 32 hours a week and can no longer travel away for my vacation. When I can, I go to the Nordik to recharge my batteries and the site is so “magnifique” that it makes me think that I am away from home – on vacation. My favourite treatments are Kalla and the Eucalyptus Oil Sauna. I would like to try their massage and beauty treatments also. A MUST get away!

  26. February 1, 2015

    stacey h

    i have only ever had pedis and manis at a spa, i would love to try a facial

  27. February 1, 2015

    Erin McSweeney

    i love going to the spa, and my favorite treatment is always a head massage…

  28. February 1, 2015

    Leah J

    I’ve had limited Spa experience – I’ve only ever had a facial but it was great

  29. February 1, 2015

    Karen D

    I have never been, somehow, the kids always need something that seems more important… It is time to treat myself though. Maybe Mother’s Day. 🙂

  30. February 1, 2015

    Val A.

    I’ve only been to a spa once and loved it. The Kalla Treatment looks fantastic.

  31. January 31, 2015

    Gene D

    I have never been to a spa before.

  32. January 31, 2015

    Shawn

    I really liked La Scandinave at Blue Mountain and any kind of massage is the treatment for me

  33. January 31, 2015

    Frank C

    Haven’t been to a spa per se but have been to many Japanese onsen – very very relaxing.

  34. January 31, 2015

    kcsoupfox

    I love Spa Nordik. I’ve been several times and really enjoy the variety of saunas with the various temperatures and scents. The cold waterfall behind the large hot pool is always worth it 🙂 I’ve really been wanting to expand my visit with a massage and even more if interest is the Kalla salt water experience. If I get the gift certificate I’m trying both!

  35. January 31, 2015

    Pam Dillon

    I would love to try the Kalla Treatment. It looks and sounds incredible.

  36. January 31, 2015

    Pam Dillon

    I have never ever ever been to a spa before. * sigh * As this story beautifully illustrates, Nordik Spa-Nature is an amazing, rejuvenating oasis. I have heard rave reviews from friends too.

  37. January 30, 2015

    Elaine G

    I have never been to a spa. I’d really like to try the Kalla Treatment

  38. January 30, 2015

    Michelle

    I would really like to try the Kalla Treatment in the salt water pool as it sounds wonderful.

  39. January 29, 2015

    Ami B

    Never been, but I’d love a mud mask!

  40. January 29, 2015

    Sandra Tuplin

    Looks like a wonderful place

  41. January 29, 2015

    Gwen Hughes

    Never been but planning to go for anniversary! We are looking forward to the pools and the general atmosphere.

  42. January 28, 2015

    Nicole Jubleew

    I have been to a spa before and it was lovely! A massage is my favourite treatment.

  43. January 28, 2015

    Maggie C

    I’ve been to a spa once and had a wrap and colour therapy! It was so relaxing and I loved it!

  44. January 28, 2015

    Abby

    Only times I have been to a spa, it was nothing like this! Looks amazing!! I do enjoy the massage treatments, love to get all the knots worked out and muscles relaxed.

  45. January 28, 2015

    Lucien Picard

    Looks really nice!

  46. January 28, 2015

    Diana Powell

    I have never been to a spa before but this one looks awesome !

  47. January 28, 2015

    LF

    Wow! Looks amazing.

  48. January 27, 2015

    Simona

    I have been to a spa and my Favorite treatment is body scrub 🙂

  49. January 27, 2015

    Mathew K

    Never been to a spa but my wife has been bugging me to go for a couples massage!

  50. January 27, 2015

    lucy

    No I’ve never been, I’d love a massage!

  51. January 27, 2015

    Kay Burke

    never been there but would love the experience

  52. January 27, 2015

    Jennifer Bradley

    Was at the Nordic Spa this summer. It is so relaxing and peaceful. Would love to go again

  53. January 27, 2015

    Charlene Chan

    It is a very nice spa…love the Kalla pool.

  54. January 27, 2015

    Wendi Maroon

    Yes I’ve been to a spa a few times, just a day spa though. What I’d like to try is an injectable collagen treatment.

  55. January 27, 2015

    Susan

    No I have never been to a spa before. My fav treatment would be a massage.

  56. January 27, 2015

    Monica H

    I have never been to a spa, but everything on this blog sounds amazing. Yes please!

  57. January 27, 2015

    Karine

    I actually never been to a spa before!! Would love to!

  58. January 27, 2015

    Elizabeth H

    I’ve never been to a spa, but I would really love to try it!

  59. January 27, 2015

    Heaven Scent

    Thanks for an informative review complete with quality pics. This is a very good way to advertise. Cost is the sole factor in keeping me from visiting spas in general. To win would be heavenly – sure could use it right about now

  60. January 27, 2015

    Harry C

    I love going to spas

  61. January 27, 2015

    DARLENE W

    No I have never been to a spa before, I would love a shoulder and back massage

  62. January 27, 2015

    Charlene A.

    I’ve been to a spa of sorts – not like this though! My favourite spa treatment is a massage, but I haven’t tried anything like you reviewed. Maybe I’ll have a new favourite 🙂

  63. January 27, 2015

    MichelleT

    I’ve never tried!

  64. January 27, 2015

    Christina Leek

    I have honestly never been to a spa but always wanted to!

  65. January 27, 2015

    LauraD

    I have heard good things about Spa Nordik! I desperately need a massage

  66. January 27, 2015

    cat b

    A Spa, what is that? KD – Never been to one but have gotten RMT’s I would love to just go and sit and Be.

  67. January 27, 2015

    Marilyn Legault

    Never been to a spa before, and would love a full body massage

  68. January 27, 2015

    Vanessa

    My best spa experience ever involved getting a cherry almond body scrub and rub down underneath 5 Vichy style shower heads. It was amazing!

  69. January 27, 2015

    angela m

    No I have never been to a spa but I have gotten pedicures.

  70. January 27, 2015

    AnnMarie

    I love Le Nordik! I’ve only done the Thermal experience – the Kalla pool is still on my wish list. My favourite spot has to be the infinity pool, too.

  71. January 27, 2015

    KellyPC

    I’ve never been to a spa but I love pedis!

  72. January 26, 2015

    Valerie Mallette

    No I’ve never been to a spa before, but I’d love to go 🙂 A treatment I would love to try is the Källa treatment.

  73. January 26, 2015

    brittney lopanec

    I’ve never been to a spa, but this would definitely be a place to go. The salt water floating pool would be amazing to try! It looks so peaceful 🙂

  74. January 26, 2015

    Sarah Robinson

    The Scandinavian experience is by far the most rejuvenating. From a steam sauna to the shock of the cold pool to a warm or temperate one to relax, nothing tops it.

  75. January 26, 2015

    @raedyn27

    This place looks amazing, I have added to my list of places I need to go.

  76. January 26, 2015

    alma Wilson

    Wow I heard this place is awesome. Boy could use this stressed lately

  77. January 26, 2015

    Meagan

    Yes, it’s my favourite place on earth!

  78. January 26, 2015

    Crystal

    This is one of my favourite spots to refuel and let all the stress out and away. Love love love

  79. January 26, 2015

    Paul

    Never been before

  80. January 26, 2015

    Brenda A

    I have only been one time and I am pining to go back. It truly is amazing. I would love to try the salt pool as I did not during my visit. I loved the infinity pool best.

  81. January 26, 2015

    Lynn Duchesne

    I have had many massages! Loved everyone especially the mud body in Costa Rica! I would love to try hot rocks!

  82. January 26, 2015

    Dianne Bull

    What a lovely looking spa. The Kalla treatment sounds amazing.
    I’m crossing my fingers.

  83. January 26, 2015

    Christine M.

    love getting a massage when i go to the spa. I heard great things about the Kalla treatment and would love to try it out!

  84. January 26, 2015

    Mark V.

    actually I have never been to a spa myself, Ive purchased spa treatments for others but never myself. I think id like a deep tissue massage.

  85. January 26, 2015

    SUMMER PLEWES

    Been a while since I have been to a spa. I love love love massages and anything pampering really.

  86. January 26, 2015

    Kelly Bouma

    No, I have never been to a spa before and would love to try one

  87. January 26, 2015

    brendaspuppy@hotmail.com

    I have been and I love having a massage before a hot tub.

  88. January 26, 2015

    melissa fowers

    No I have never been but always wanted to go and my birthday is in 3 weeks so fingers crossed

  89. January 26, 2015

    Madelaine M.

    I love going to spas for a massage or a pedicure. I’ve never been to Nordik but I’ve been dying to go!

  90. January 26, 2015

    tanyab79

    I have not been to a spa but would love the experience it at least once in my life. You’ve peaked my curiosity on the thermal experience.

  91. January 26, 2015

    Karla H

    I have never been to a spa before and really NEED to go. I need some time away from the craziness of life to just relax.

  92. January 26, 2015

    Elizabeth Vlug

    Thank you for the review of this wonderful spa. Our daughter lives in Ottawa and we both love to visit new spas. We have visited St. Anne Spa several times and love it there. Nordik Spa is certainly being added to my list of “must visit”. One of my favourite spa treatments is a hot rock massage. The Salt water floating pool looks like something I would love. Thanks for the chance to win this.

  93. January 26, 2015

    Sandee

    i have been to a spa once. Hubby treated us both for our birthday. I loved the couples massage!

  94. January 26, 2015

    Melissa Finn

    No I have never been but I am in desperate need of a massage!

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