Bonjour et bienvenue a le Nordik (Hello and welcome to the Nordik spa). I recently decided to take a short drive to the Quebec side and pay another visit to this spa. Nordik is considered North America’s largest outdoor spa. I was here about 4 summers ago when I first moved to Ottawa, and have been meaning to return. I am kicking myself now for not coming back sooner as Nordik is breathtaking, beautiful and amazing.
There were countless times that I kept telling myself that I needed to return. But as we all know, life gets away on us and something always came up. There really is no excuse as to why I did not come back sooner, as Nordik has pretty incredible extended hours being open until at least 11pm every night. A trip home to Toronto, being called into work, stuff to do around the house all of which were a road block in some shape or form. The May 2-4 weekend is when I made a commitment to myself to return. Come hell, rain, sleet or snow, I owed it to myself to relax, unwind, and disconnect from real life. Working two jobs, always on the go and packing up to move back to Toronto starts to take a toll on the body mentally and physically.
The weather gods were on my side when I came visited. It was a beautiful sunny and warm Sunday evening. It wasn’t too busy as most of the city folks had vacated the Ottawa area and headed to cottage country or were checking out Ottawa’s Tulip Festival. There were mature, people all looking for the same type of escape and relaxation I was longing for.
Nordik is located in the quaint little town of Chelsea. It offer traditional spa treatments but also has the added beautiful outdoor Scandinavian nature themed oasis. Guests can either just come for the outdoor hot and cold springs and accompanying relaxation spots or receive a spa treatment. There is also a resto-lounge to enjoy a snack or two at. When I was here a few years back, the outdoor springs were limited. Fast forward four years later and it has nearly tripled in size.
Setting the Scene
-the smell of wood logs burning
-picturesque view of the Quebec countryside, namely Gatineau park
-the sounds of multiple waterfalls cascading in the background
-some of the most beautifully landscaped grounds
-wooden buildings that emulate a scene from a European city
-friendly staff in eye sight if needed, but they aren’t over bearing, to ensure your comfort
-dedicated areas for silence and other areas that allow you to quietly converse with friends or your partner
How to get a true Scandinavian spa and bath experience
There is an order in how to use all of the different elements of the baths to get the maximum benefit.
1) hot – use a steam bath or hot spring
2) cold – get chilly in a cold spring or waterfall
3) relax – rest and decompress
Repeat as many times as desired or as time permits
Measures of my success at Nordik
-2 cat naps
-complete technological disconnect from anyone and everything (no wifi available)
-116 pages read from the book Thrive (coincidentally about the importance of taking care of yourself)
No need to make reservations to visit Nordik, unless you want a specific spa treatment. It is open year round and is beautiful no matter what season you visit in. I think it would be gorgeous to see the autumn leaves on the trees while dipping into a hot spring.