Winnipeg sure has come a long way in offering new events and attractions, how exciting to now add our very own Nordik Spa. Thermea Winnipeg is open for business! Their grand opening was January 15, 2015 and I had an opportunity for my very own personal tour with Account Executive/Spokesperson Marianne Trotier. Marianne is from Chelsea, Quebec, home to the original and largest Nordik Spa-Nature location in North America.
My very first question – why Winnipeg?
I was pleasantly surprised by the story that Marianne relayed to me as we walked through various areas of Thermea. In 2010, a Winnipeg businessman travelled to Ottawa for a meeting, with his wife accompanying him. While he was at his meetings he took his wife to the Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea. At the end of the day when he went to pick her up she didn’t want to leave, so he decided to join her. He completely fell in love with the concept! Days later he met with the owner at the time Martin and told him “We need you in Winnipeg”! That man was Norman Dupas (thank you so much Norman). Norman and Martin took one and a half years to find some land in the outskirts of the city of Winnipeg. Finally, they landed on the Crescent Drive Golf Course site. The land is rented, the Pro Shop has been rebuilt and now there’s a fabulous partnership between the golf course and the spa. What a match made in heaven! Finish up a great round of golf and then relax with a wonderful thermal experience.
You can eat there too!
There is a full service restaurant on site which is reserved for folks using the spa only, it is not open to the general public. Therefore, anyone who is there that just had their thermal experience or a massage can head to the restaurant to have a bite to eat with your robe on, no makeup, messy hair and all! FYI that “look” is accepted throughout the whole facility, no judgment!
Welcome to Thermea Winnipeg
When you enter the building you will notice the decor is so calming and welcoming yet modern. I love that all of the amazing wooden pieces throughout the spa including the tables was visualized and created by a local Winnipeg artist! Once you check in, you will receive a wristband (looks like one of those fitness wristbands) and it allows you to open your locker where you will find two towels. All you need to bring is a bathing suit, sandals and a robe or you could rent a robe for $11. They do recommend that you bring a water bottle and a toque for the winter months.
Upstairs on the second level of the spa there are 12 rooms for body treatments and massage. Thermea Winnipeg offers three types of massage: 1) hot stone, 2) classic relaxation and 3) Swedish. For those of you that have benefits plans where massage therapy is covered, I highly suggest you book your appointments and get reimbursed! They offer body treatments as well: foot care, facials and body care such as mud wraps etc. but there are no beauty or aesthetics services available on-site.
There are two pretty massive change rooms, each with 175 lockers, large showers and even hairdryers are provided.
You are totally surrounded by nature when you walk out onto the grounds, all you can see are trees, it is amazing! The architecture consists primarily of wood and rock. And guess what? The concrete paths are heated!
Relax with a Thermal Experience
- FINLANDIA SAUNA
- This Finnish sauna is built with all wood. Typically you would sit in it for about 10 to 20 minutes. This is where you’re going to sweat it all out and get all those toxins of your body. As you enter the sauna there is a barrel of ice. As you enter the sauna, grab some ice in your hands and bring it into the sauna because that will allow you to stay cool so you can stay longer in the sauna. Every hour there are ice balls infused with essential oils like lavender, mint or orange thrown onto the hot stones that heat the sauna. As they melt, they create a mist and the “Saunameister” (an employee) rotates and spreads the air.
- VAPORA EUCALYPTUS ORVAPORO ORANGE SAUNA
- These steam saunas are very aromatic and you would also sit in them for about 10 to 15 minutes. The Eucalyptus sauna room also has an exfoliation ritual where you can use the Epsom salts provided on your whole body to exfoliate. Head into the sauna for another five minutes after exfoliating.
- Essentially the hot tub on site, approx 39 degrees Celsius
- Approx 21 degrees Celsius and is likened to body temperature
- ICERBER &POLARER
- I don’t think I need to translate this one – it’s about 10 degrees Celsius and called the polar bear plunge!
To receive the full benefits and relaxation of this thermotherapy, you would follow this regimen while at the spa:
1. Warm up in the sauna or steam bath for 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Do a quick pass under the cold waterfall or take a dip in the cold or temperate pool for a few seconds.
3. Rest fifteen minutes in one of our relaxation areas, outside or inside.
4. Repeat this ritual three or four times, finally immersing yourself in our whirlpool for a moment of total relaxation.
It’s very well known that this is a process that is widely used in European countries.
Once you have completed the thermotherapy, you can hang our and relax in the FLAM cabin – an enclosed fire pit with no roof. Just sit there wrapped up in a blanket looking up at the stars, so awesome!
There’s also the relaxing chalet called RELAXA where you can quench your thirst with water or have a nice cup of tea. In the chalet there are heated ceramic benches and heated stone beds. It was the one area where I was able to take pictures! There are also warming mattresses, headphones for music and of course ropes. Ropes to help pull yourself up because you will be so relaxed!
One thing I was curious about was how everything is sanitized. There is constant sanitation by employees around every 15 minutes. They also sand certain areas to make sure they’re not slippery because safety is first for the customer. There are currently about 30 employees and within a year Thermea Winnipeg expects to grow to 100 employees!
I definitely look forward to summer because the spa is surrounded by forest trails and there will be hammocks in the trees, a patio for the restaurant and Adirondack chairs everywhere! T
Any rules to follow? Yep!
The spa has capacity for 225 people and you do not need a reservation for the thermal experience; however, you do need to be 16 years of age or older to attend. I have also seen some people posting pictures with their phones and they do state No Phones! Hence why I was only to grab a few pics on tour when there were no one in the various structures. If the staff do see phones they will advise folks to remove the phones and put them away in your lockers. It’s all about the relaxation and privacy of course! So no phones, no TV’s, no loud socializing (which is tough for me haha) just a calming relaxing atmosphere. No outside food allowed on site either because of course there’s a restaurant.
Thermea Winnipeg is open seven days a week from 9 AM to 10 PM, the only day that they are closed is December 25th, Christmas Day.
Biggest question of all?
What is the time limit? If I come for a thermal experience at 9 o’clock in the morning, go through it three times, end up having a little snooze and not wake up till 3 o’clock, will anyone kick me out? Nope! There are no time limits, no one is checking to see how long you are there as long as you leave by closing time!
Thermea Winnipeg is going to be a huge attraction for our city, I can feel it already! I can’t wait for my fiancé and I to go in the next couple of weeks, we are super pumped! I bet now that you’ve read this review, you’d like to go too right? Well, you know I don’t disappoint, I have a giveaway! Enter below to win a Thermea Winnipeg gift certificate!