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 ben­e­fits.” 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.

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