Thermea spa village in Whitby opens Thursday

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Published October 5, 2022 at 2:38 pm

A spa ‘village’ that boasts the largest event sauna and the largest flotation pool on the continent and more than two dozen massage and treatment rooms opens its many doors to the public Thursday.

Thermea spa village in Whitby, which can host 700 guests at a time, is the first venture in Ontario by Groupe Nordik, a Gatineau-based pioneer in the Canadian wellness industry that has been introducing unique relaxation experiences since Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea, Quebec welcomed its first guests in 2005.

The spa has quickly found its place as a major tourist attraction in the Outaouais region, with more than 230,000 visitors every year. A second spa, Thermea by Nordik Spa-Nature, opened ten years later and is the only Nordic spa on the Canadian prairies.

The spa village in Whitby, located at 4015 Cochrane Street, represents the largest spa investment in Canada and was specifically created for the Canadian environment. It features an iconic log cabin designed sauna, Loggä, the largest event sauna in Canada with a one-of-a-kind amphitheatre interior design.

The spa village also incorporates innovative technology created in collaboration with an international team of experts to create its features, such as Fläm, a proprietary duo-energy driven sauna, and Kello, a sauna with a unique auto-infusion technology. The iconic water tower brings guests an innovative cold-plunge experience, merging experiential with wellness.

“The craftsmen on our team took time to carefully create such unique touches, to elevate the total experience of the village. We crafted a unique Canadian experience inspired from around the world, an immersive experience unlike any other. We wanted our guests to see, taste and feel the finest in wellness,” explained Martin Paquette, CEO and Co-Founder of Groupe Nordik. “We are eager for our guests to come enjoy the hard work and passion that went into building our spa village.”

In addition to the selection of saunas, the village offers two steam rooms, seven baths, and multiple rest areas. One of the highlights of the facility is Källa, the largest saltwater floatation pool in North America. Guests will be able to select from a large variety of body care and massage treatments, as well as the Rhassoul clay treatment, a new addition inspired by Middle Eastern traditions.

“As craftsmen, we focus on innovation by putting our customers’ experience first. With key learning from our other spas, every detail of the site has been carefully thought out and chosen to create a unique place to feel at ease.  Using hidden technologies, the guest’s journey has been tailored to minimize their worries and engage their five senses, all with the goal of offering them a true moment of respite,” said Design Manager Antoine Lagarec.

Guests will indulge in exquisite culinary experiences from Whitby-based Chef James Piggott at three unique restaurants within the spa village. Striving for excellence and unprecedented quality, the spa village sought to work with local suppliers to provide guests with unique local experiences.

Groupe Nordik will continue to challenge the industry’s limits and redefine the spa experience. The facility will bring wellness benefits to residents and visitors of the area, all year round, regardless of the weather.

The opening of Thermëa spa village is in line with Groupe Nordik’s policy to support and engage with the communities in which its facilities are established with 200 jobs created.

“We are thrilled to be part of a growing community and are confident that this opening will have a positive impact on the local economy, the people of Whitby and its surrounding areas, “noted co-owner and senior vice-president Daniel Gingras.

As the latest addition to Durham’s revitalization, the facility will rank as not only as the largest spa village of its kind in Ontario, but also as a major tourist destination in the GTA.

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