Whistler’s Scandinave Spa

by Amanda Pataky
Whistler's Scandinave Spa

Scandinave Spa is a Nordic-themed spa in Whistler. It has hot pools, cold pools, relaxation stations, saunas and massage services.

The spa is open year-round. It’s a nice place to visit in summer when it’s warm as well as in winter when there’s snow on the ground.

 

Scandinave Spa in Whistler

Whistler’s Scandinave Spa is one of the area’s most popular destinations for both tourists and locals alike. The place is known for its hydrotherapy pools and hot rooms (the latter of which is actually a Finnish tradition). A selection of massages are also offered at the spa.

The Scandinave is unique in that it requires guests to follow their rules of silence. Neither talking nor cell phone use are permitted within the spa. This makes the spa the perfect place to unwind and disconnect from regular life. The rules make the experience very peaceful. It’s so relaxing!

 

Spa Location and Hours

Located just north of Whistler Village, the spa is nestled close to Lost Lake Park at 8010 Mons Road. From downtown Vancouver to the spa takes less than two hours in good traffic. From the Olympic Plaza in Whistler Village, it’s just a 2.5-kilometre drive.

The venue in Whistler is just one of several Scandinave Spas located across Canada. Other locations include Mont-Tremblant (in Quebec), Blue Mountain (in Ontario) and Vieux-Montreal.

Opening hours at Whistler’s Scandinave Spa the last time we checked were from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm. The first massage begins at 9:00 am and the last at 8:00 pm. The place is open year-round, rain or shine (subject to government regulations with respect to COVID-19). Beginning January 31st, 2022, proof of vaccination is required for entry.

 

View of Scandinave Spa

 

About the Scandinave Spa

The Scandinave Spa is a 25,000-square-foot mostly outdoor spa. To promote a relaxing experience, guests are asked to remain silent. Phones and cameras are not permitted within the spa; however, electronic readers such as Kindles are allowed.

Visitors to the spa are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle. In times when there isn’t a global pandemic, visitors are allowed to refill their bottles at the various water stations around the property. Due to COVID-19, however, refills are not permitted and guests are asked to use the compostable cups provided instead.

There is a bistro on-site for guests that get hungry. The place carries sandwiches, snacks and drinks. It also has a fantastic view overlooking the pools. The bistro is one of the few locations on the property where guests are allowed to use their electronic devices and take photos.

The spa is restricted to adults over the age of 18. Children and babies are not permitted anywhere on the property, including in the bistro.

 

Patio View at Scandinave Spa

 

Hydrotherapy at the Scandinave

To experience the full benefits of hydrotherapy the spa recommends a hot/cold/relax cycle. Guests spend 10 to 15 minutes in a hot area, followed by a dip in a cold pool for 5 to 20 seconds, and then time at a relaxation station for 10 to 15 minutes. The spa recommends that guests repeat this cycle between 3 and 5 times.

There is a selection of both hot and cold pools around the property as well as steam rooms and saunas. In total there are two hot tub-like pools, two cold plunge pools, a Nordic waterfall, Nordic showers, a Eucalyptus steam bath, a wood-burning sauna and a Finnish sauna. There are also a couple of indoor solariums. All of the baths are located outside in the open air.

For the relaxation portion of the hydrotherapy circuit, guests can hang out in the chairs located either inside the heated solariums or outside. Hammocks are also available, but only in the summer time.

 

Scandinave Massages

The Scandinave Spa offers a selection of massage treatments. All massages include access to the baths as well as a free robe rental.

Massages offered at the Scandinave include Swedish Relaxation, Restorative, Deep Tissue, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and Prenatal types. The spa also offers a duo/couples massage (although this hasn’t been available recently due to the coronavirus pandemic).

 

Enjoying Whistler's Scandinave Spa

Enjoying the spa in a Scandinave robe

 

Spa Admission Prices

Prices to access the baths and massages depend on the season. The Scandinave has different rates for the normal season, which is April 1st until October 31st, and the high season, which is November 1st until March 31st.

The spa’s highest rates are during its peak season which takes place around statutory holidays including the Thanksgiving weekend, Remembrance Day weekend, the Christmas break and the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day.

To access the pools and the rest of the predominantly outdoor spa circuit, expect to pay between $90 and $160 depending on the season. Massages in the regular season cost between about $215 and $265, depending on the type. In peak season, massage prices go up to $315 for treatment by a registered massage therapist.

Note: Prices and other details are subject to change. See the spa’s official website for exact details.

 

Scandinave Spa Video

The following video shows what Scandinave Spa looks like from outside and from a distance in winter. You aren’t allowed to take recording devices into the facility, which is why all the scenes are from outside and from a distance. You can take photos and video from where we took our footage, but not anywhere closer.

 

 

Tips and Advice

Below are some suggestions and extra information to help you make the most out of your spa experience.

TIP #1: If you want to pamper yourself, this is a great place to do it! Not including a massage, expect to stay for between two and three hours (plus or minus depending on how long you like soaking in hot tubs and relaxing). If you take a book or eat something while you’re there, you might want to stay even longer.

TIP #2: Don’t forget your swimsuit! A water bottle can be good to take too, as well as a pair of flip-flops if you have some.

TIP #3: There is complimentary herbal tea upstairs in the lobby between the reception area and the bistro. It’s really good. There is also tea outside near the entrance to the main building (near where you enter and exit to get to the change rooms).

TIP #4: Scandinave Spa is nice in spring, summer, fall and winter. In warmer months, between dips in the hot and cold pools, you can relax outdoors in a comfortable chair. Some guests have mini siestas. Others read a book. In winter, the paths are heated and there are still outdoor places you can sit at (a couple of which are by a fire).

 

Winter at Scandinave Spa

Scandinave Spa in Winter

 

Other Information

For more details about the venue visit the Scandinave Spa Whistler website.

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