STORY BY NICOLE FITZGERALD
IMAGES BY JOERN ROHDE
BEYOND THE TREATMENT ROOM
The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge
This train is pulling out … my only connection to the outside world is put
to sleep in a locker along with my assorted layers of Gore-Tex and fleece.
I’ve closed and locked the door on the rings, bings and pings of family, work
and friends, and have retreated to a rooftop hot tub at The Spa at Nita Lake
Lodge, which was voted the third Top Resort in Canada by Condé Nast
Traveler. I’ve booked the spa’s signature Kundalini massage. And I’ll get
there … eventually.
I soak in the views of the deserted, yet quaint train station that is attached to
the lodge, against a forest backdrop. I make note of the pine and fir scents,
then revel in the fact that many of Whistler’s early settlers arrived by train.
My thoughts drift downwind with the tracks. The layers of my busy mind
are pulled back, bringing me closer to that quiet centre of peace.
It’s taken a rain shower, eucalyptus steam, and hot tub soak to get there, here
in this cozy, intimate spa. But I’m primed and ready for my massage and
look forward to lingering over tea and magazines in the bright, attic-feeling
relaxation lounge afterwards. Nirvana is truly found in the in between: the
time before and after a spa treatment, a place where a booked 60 minutes of
“me time” can turn into an entire afternoon — if you let it.
“We encourage people to go on that journey,” says Joleen Kenney, spa
manager for The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge. “To take full advantage of our
facilities, guests typically arrive 30 to 90 minutes prior to their appointment,
so they can allow their bodies and minds to relax. After their treatments,
guests stay for an hour or two, giving them the time to truly absorb the
So go ahead and use what the spa gods have gifted us. Linger, lounge
and soak in your quest for Zen. For some, this journey is punctuated by a
pumping heart; for others, it’s a fresh new face on winter. Or perhaps Zen
falls into what happens between a clock’s tick and tock: the luxury of silence.