It turned into an absolutely perfect evening! I arrived at the Gatineau Park around 6 pm to pick up my snowshoes (included with the package). There were two guided groups of about 10 people each, one in French, one in English. We set out for an easy hour long snowshoe hike in the darkness lit by our headlamps. It was a crisp dark evening, about -5, no wind, and a perfectly clear moonless sky.
Diane, our guide, led us on some packed trails and into some deep untouched powder, showed us animal tracks and talked a lot about animal behaviours in the Park. I met a new friend, Cécile, who works at Le Nordik (how cool is that job?). We took group selfies with snowshoes, and ended our hike with pink cheeks and smiles all around.
After we dropped off our snowshoes we headed around the corner to the baths at Le Nordik. We headed straight for the hottest pool and relaxed and chatted for at least 30 minutes. Then we headed to the lounge area for drinks and a light supper. I had a trio of sandwiches and a champagne flute filled with pink bubbly and strawberries that looked so appealing I just asked for “one of those” and forgot to ask the name! It was a perfect complement, cool, crisp and sweet – just like the evening.
We soaked in the large pools, then basked in the largest sauna until it was almost closing time. We capped off the evening in the Infinity pool that overlooks the cities, naming the stars and trying to count the Pleiades. We talked about how soaks contribute to mental health, a balanced life and wellness. All too soon the staff were making rounds for the last call. We had closed the bar and closed the baths – it was a truly excellent evening of “snowshoeing under the stars”.
Every Tuesday evening until March 10th is a snowshoe, soak and stars evening at Le Nordik, so it’s easy to book your own perfect Canadian winter adventure or add an evening in this magical atmosphere to your work week. Just click here to head for the trails and the baths!