Health & Beauty

A Day Trip To Scandinave Whistler (Win!)

July 22, 2022

Live in the Lower Mainland and short on time? No need to spend a night in Whistler to enjoy a restful retreat to the Scandinave Spa. We headed up to the renowned mountain resort mid-week on a day trip to our favourite relax-and-recharge destination in B.C.—and were back at home in Vancouver for dinner. —Noa Nichol

11 a.m. We hopped in our car and hit the road before noon, cruising the always stunning and, at this time of day, surprisingly quiet Sea-to-Sky Route (a.k.a. Highway 99) with our GPS honed in on Whistler. The drive took, in total, only about two hours (plenty of time to admire the views), and we reached the Scandinave Spa at 1 p.m. sharp.

1 p.m. Peckish, we opted for a light meal at the Scandinave’s in-house bistro before heading out to the baths. Open daily, the café’s offerings include sandwiches, wraps and salads, desserts and espresso-based and cold drinks. There are many gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options … something for everyone.

1:30 p.m. Donning robes provided by the spa, we embarked on our first hydrotherapy circuit in the spa’s spectacular outdoor setting. Making pit stops at the steam rooms, hot and cold pools and plunges, saunas and solariums, we followed the traditional ritual, which includes three steps—hot, cold, relax—in order to energize and rest the body, improve blood circulation, activate the lymphatic system and help detoxification. This ancient practice also actively promotes the release of endorphins, which are known as the well-being hormones. (No wonder we had permanent smiles on our faces.)

2:30 p.m. Having pre-booked a Swedish Relaxation treatment, we met our practitioner in the Massage Pavilion and succumbed to a 60-minute full-body relaxation massage that promotes good health by improving blood flow to the skin and relieving tension caused by stress. This technique uses long, gentle strokes with minimal pressure—it was perfection.

3:30 p.m. A quick rinse in the shower (to wash off the massage oil) and we had one hour left to do two additional circuits of the spa. The suggestion is to spend 10-15 minutes in a hot installation (steam, sauna or bath) to increase your body temperature; this dilates blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and increasing flow to the skin and muscles. Then, up to 20 seconds under a Nordic waterfall or shower or in a cold plunge bath (be brave; it’s worth it!) to cause the pores of your skin to close and flush toxins, release endorphins and increase heart rate. Finally, relax for 10-15 minutes in a solarium, hammock or by an outdoor fireplace to allow your cardiovascular system to regulate. This is a time for the body and mind to rest and relax.

5 p.m. Feeling absolutely fabulous, we showered, changed, refilled our water bottles and got back on the road. The drive back to the city took a touch longer than the journey up, but, as mentioned, we were back home in time for supper. Do we wish we had more time (read: days) to spend at the Scandinave Spa? Sure. But when all we can spare is an afternoon, it’s nice to know that rest, relaxation and a much-needed recharge is only a day trip away.

Win! A Scandinave Spa Summer Prize Pack!

Congrats Johanna N. of Burnaby, BC, who will receive a Scandinave Spa Summer Prize Pack, including two baths passes and two massages (to be used in summer 2022)! Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.


  1. Vanessa Ripley

    July 26th, 2022 at 7:26 am

    Love this! @vannarip

  2. amy liu

    July 26th, 2022 at 9:15 am

    thanks for the chance, followed both Instagram account as @mllil604

  3. jen sibley

    July 26th, 2022 at 10:01 am

    I need a break. I would love to win this!! Following on FB and IG

  4. jen sibley

    July 26th, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Following @itsjensibs

  5. Tam

    July 26th, 2022 at 11:45 am

    The Scandinave spa is a great way to recharge and at any of the local beaches @tls.adventures

  6. Lauren

    July 26th, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Need a break from city life, so spending time in nature if my favourite way to recharge!

    IG: @lauren.brosseau

  7. Natalie

    July 26th, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Some ways I like to recharge: a leisure hike, a bike ride, a spa day, or reading!

    IG: @chuischewies

  8. Christina

    July 26th, 2022 at 9:41 pm



  9. Cassandra Bonn

    July 26th, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    I’m a busy bee, so I usually have to find a quiet place with a view preferably to just sit and recharge with my fiancé. Even our patio works most of the time.


  10. Tabby72

    July 27th, 2022 at 6:47 am

    I like to read a good book! @tabby_1972

  11. Jana Phan

    July 27th, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Recharge by going for a swim, or playing a sport like tennis or shooting some hoops at the park!

  12. Jana

    July 27th, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Going for a swim, shooting hoops or playing tennis are a few ways I like to recharge!


  13. Pamela

    July 28th, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    I am a spa junkie, and have never had the pleasure of experiencing @scandinavewhis!
    Hot and cold Spa therapy is my very fav way to recharge…along with a great massage…and maybe a glass (or a bottle) of delish bubbly.

  14. John Leung

    July 28th, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    We haven’t had a chance to go away the past few years and to have somewhere close but also dip into being pampered in a luxurious setting would be a wonderful recharge. @iamjohnleung

  15. Michelle cox

    July 31st, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Going for a morning or evening walk helps recharge


  16. Caitlin

    July 31st, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    I like to recharge with a massage every week! @leemiss_

  17. Emma

    August 1st, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Best way to recharge is to head to a local hotspring and have a nice long soak in nature 🍃 ❤️

    Commented on IG and followed

  18. Ron

    August 2nd, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Spa days and walks through nature to disconnect!


  19. Jenn

    August 2nd, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    I read a book to recharge!


  20. Johanna Newman

    August 3rd, 2022 at 12:03 am

    I take relaxing baths, listening to spa music with my favourite aromatherapy and bath products 😎🌺🌼🌷🌞

    IG @JohannaNewman88

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