Le Scandinave Spa Whistler

Le Scandinave Spa Whistler

March 18, 2009 08:45 ET

Fourth Le Scandinave Spa to Open in Whistler Before Vancouver Olympics

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - Gestion Riviere du Diable (GRD) has announced construction of an $8 million Le Scandinave spa in Whistler, B.C. The new facility will open in fall 2009, before the Vancouver Winter Olympics. It will be GRD's fourth Le Scandinave Spa, after Mont-Tremblant, Blue Mountain and Old Montreal.

"With the fast pace of life today, the tourism industry is seeing a wellness revolution," said Benoit Berthiaume, cofounder of GRD and President of the Le Scandinave spas in Mont-Tremblant and Old Montreal. "As the phenomenal success of the three existing Le Scandinave spas demonstrates, health tourism is experiencing exponential growth and GRD is committed to expanding its presence in this market by opening a spa at North America's top vacation resort."

Construction of Le Scandinave Spa Whistler begins this week. The 20,000 square foot facility, located 1.5 km from Whistler Village on three acres of forest hillside, will consist of six separate buildings housing saunas, steam baths, solariums, hot and cold baths, terraces with outdoor fire pit and massage rooms.

"The entire facility has been designed in accordance with sustainable development principles," said Benoit Berthiaume. "It features green roofs, extensive use of solar energy, and Energy Star-certified equipment. We expect Le Scandinave Spa Whistler to be a model for our future projects."

Le Scandinave Spas have received a number of tourism industry awards in recent months. Le Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant in Quebec and Le Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain in Ontario both made the prestigious TravelToWellness.com list of best outdoor spas in Canada for 2009 (also called nordic spas), as well as the Canadian Tourism Commission's list of the best spa experiences in Canada.

Gestion Riviere du Diable Inc. (GRD) is a group of private Quebec investors specializing in the design, construction and management of Scandinavian-style thermotherapy spas. GRD currently operates three facilities in Quebec and Ontario. (www.scandinave.com)

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