With cool weather, the amount of steam coming off the hot tubs made for a great atmosphere.


We’re still not caught up on So You Think You Can Dance. Despite viewings every Thursday evening with our group fitness crew, we still have one season left unseen. Over the last year we’ve managed to get through the US (awesome as always), Australia (sad to see it go), and UK versions (don’t bother!), and we’re finally plowing through the final season of Canada (please, someone shoot the host and judges), but it’s gonna take a few weeks yet.

With the new US season pending, we’re in a bit of a time crunch, but that didn’t stop us from slacking off last week.

Instead of hosting our usual evening of TV, chips, desserts, gossip, and general bitchery, we decided to take the show on the road: to the baths of the Nordik Spa.

Usually the spa stays open until 10pm, but the rules stay the same from open til close: keep quiet and enjoy your “me” time.

Once a month, however, the spa organizes a lounge soirée, staying open until midnight with mood lighting, a live DJ, and $5 martinis. We weren’t sure what the atmosphere would be like, but we were willing to give it a go.

After work on Thursday, Junkii and I, along with four members of our crew, headed up to the neighbouring Chelsea Pub for a yummy dinner before making our way to the spa to scout out the situation. Suffice it to say that we foresee more lounge soireés in our immediate future!

That wasn’t a given either. For starters, we weren’t sure how busy it would be (it wasn’t.) and we weren’t sure whether a spa that emphasizes quiet would be a good spot for a group outing (It was!) With the DJ playing, everyone in the baths felt a little freer to chat quietly amongst themselves, and most clients weren’t there strictly for relaxation. The best word to describe it is chill.

We had also heard rumours that the place might be a stalking ground for older Gatineau men looking for a cheap hook-up. That turned out not to be the case, and for that let us all be eternally thankful.

Mind you, the conditions were a bit out-of-the-ordinary. It was drizzling on and off that evening, and it was also game 7 of the Senators/Rangers Stanley Cup playoff series – both of which might have kept people home. So it’s entirely possible that the small crowd (and the lack of Gatineau gentlemen) was an anomaly rather than the norm.

Guess we’ll find out on May 24th!

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2 responses »

  1. jandjsmum says:

    Oh how fun! And one of these times you might book a room there and take advantage of those $5 martinis……I think I need to hit the Nordik spa when we are home….maybe you two and us too can head, and gram and grumps can babysit?????

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