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Groupe Nordik to build its fourth global wellness spa in community of Harmony

Press Release

For Immediate Release

SPRINGBANK, ALBERTA, MONDAY, February 24, 2020 – Qualico Communities and Bordeaux Developments, co-developers of the community of Harmony are excited to announce an agreement with world-renowned spa developer, Groupe Nordik.

Groupe Nordik will be constructing its fourth spa in Canada in the award-winning development of Harmony. Harmony is a residential community at the foot of the Rocky Mountains located just five minutes west of Calgary in the Municipal District of Rocky View County, Alberta.

Groupe Nordik’s spa at Harmony represents an investment of over 45-million dollars in this community and is expected to create approximately 400 full- and part-time jobs when it opens. Groupe Nordik prides itself in its focus of working with local suppliers and trades, which will be instrumental in this unique endeavour for the region.

Groupe Nordik spas are unique destinations. Its latest spa will span ten acres, nestled in the heart of Harmony’s village centre on the water of Harmony’s second lake. Such a setting is expected to achieve international attention given its close proximity to Banff National Park.

Groupe Nordik owners Martin Paquette and Daniel Gingras are collaborating with the Developers of Harmony and Rocky View County. They anticipate that the initial stages of construction could begin as early as late 2020 with a projected 2022 opening.

“We believe Groupe Nordik’s spa is ideal for Harmony and delivers on the overall guiding principles for this project,” says Thilo Kaufmann, General Manager of Qualico Communities. “We could not have secured a better partner for Harmony.”

The development partnership has always believed that Calgary and by extension Rocky View County are great places to do business. To help in attracting a Quebec company set up shop in Springbank, Qualico enlisted the help of Calgary Economic Development supplying Groupe Nordik with its expansive collection of data supporting Calgary and the region.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for not only the residents of Harmony, but the neighbouring region and City as well,” says Cary Kienitz, Qualico Communities Associate Director, Development. “There are significant benefits that a Groupe Nordik facility offers, not only from the health and wellness perspective, but a focus on business: investing in infrastructure, community development, and providing employment opportunities.”

Martin Paquette, the Owner & CEO of Groupe Nordik explains the perfect fit between this location, and the brand experience its team works so hard to perfect.

“This spa experience is going to be unlike anything else we’ve done before and unlike anything else in North America,” says Paquette. “We’re at an incredibly powerful and transformative moment in our evolution as an organization; the fruits of our entire 15-year history are blossoming into the creation of this spa. We’ve done our homework, travelling the world to study global wellness practices. This spa will be the synthesis of everything we’ve learned so far as well as the jumping off point for something new and truly magical.”

He adds, “When guests come to our spas, we want them to feel as though they’ve been transported somewhere else – another place, another time, another world – while also feeling perfectly at home. We’re driven to create spaces where people feel free to be themselves and rediscover their well-being with a sense of wonder and delight.

“So, when Qualico approached us to partner up and bring a spa to Harmony, we knew it was serendipity. We knew we had to take this opportunity, with Harmony’s awe-inspiring landscape and rugged beauty, to create a spa that pushed us to innovate beyond what we thought was possible. We’re going to introduce our guests to a world as breathtaking as it is comforting, where they’ll feel free to participate in new experiences, where they’ll feel they belong to a community, and where they’ll feel like they’ve found a safe haven to escape the pressures of modern life,” says Paquette.

Birol Fisekci, the President & CEO of development partner Bordeaux Developments says this is a highly anticipated piece of the Harmony vision that will support a variety of businesses that promote health and wellness to complement the spa.

“Having an amenity of this calibre within our community that attracts tourism and local visitors will certainly serve as a catalyst to development of our Village Centre,” says Fisekci. “This will provide valuable retail services for our residents and guests in the community and we are thrilled to have Groupe Nordik as a primary piece of this success.”

Rocky View County Manager of Economic Development, David Kalinchuk echoes the excitement of this opportunity. “Rocky View County is very pleased to welcome Groupe Nordik to Alberta. It is a world-class company that has chosen a world-class location: the beautiful residential community of Harmony in Springbank. With this major Groupe Nordik spa development, Rocky View County will be adding to the vibrant and growing health tourism and wellness sector in Alberta. Rocky View County values and appreciates Groupe Nordik’s investment in the County, the jobs that will be created for the Region and the diversification that has been created within Alberta’s economy.”

The Alberta Government has taken notice, acknowledging the unique opportunity this presents in generating local jobs and supporting a growing tourism industry.

Miranda Rosin, UCP MLA for Banff-Kananaskis says, “What a fantastic new addition to our region! This spa will make Harmony’s young and quickly growing community just that much more attractive and livable, while creating hundreds of local jobs and growing our tourism industry. This announcement is great news for Banff-Kananaskis, great news for the entire Calgary area, and great news for our province.”

“This investment is exactly what our province needs to expand our tourism industry and grow our economy. This investment of over $45-million will create hundreds of jobs and bring a new dimension to local tourism in the Calgary area and Rocky View County,” says Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.


Groupe Nordik’s Global Wellness Spa

What sets this apart is the quality and unique character of its facilities and its unparalleled wellness services. Often emulated, never equalled, the spa facilities propose several ways to enjoy the thermal cycle in every season. Different sections allow guests to choose their preferred environment to maximize the benefits of their spa visit. Guests can take respite in a ‘silent zone’ or reconnect with friends in another more communal area. A Groupe Nordik Spa offers a range of dining and refreshments in their Bistro, Lounge, or Biergarten. Massages, body treatments and sauna rituals make Nordik Spa-Nature’s wellness heavens memorable and sought-after.

About The Community of Harmony

Harmony is Springbank’s first lake community, launched in November of 2015. At 1,750 acres in size, it’s located within a rural setting with panoramic Rocky Mountain views. Considered ‘The Base Camp To The Rocky Mountains’ for its location just 45 minutes away from Banff and Canmore, Harmony brings together the best of urban and rural experiences to a remarkably, historic place.

At full build-out, Harmony will be home to more than 10,000 people, and today has a wide variety of amenities including a sparkling 40+/- acre recreational lake with construction on a 100+/- acre lake beginning in 2020. Harmony is not only a picturesque community with mountains views and easy access to the Rockies, it provides a wide variety of community amenities for the Harmony residents. The community features single-family homes, semi-detached villas, and townhomes.

The Mickelson National Golf Club, is a PGA-calibre, world-class golf experience with more than 8000 yards of play. An 18-hole course and practice facility will open for play in Harmony in the spring of 2020. This adds yet another compelling recreational opportunity to complement the spa.

Harmony offers a newly enhanced resident beach area, and construction has started on an outdoor adventure park which will offer a host of outdoor activities for residents and guests.


Its primary mission being to make a difference in people’s lives, the Groupe Nordik vision is to develop establishments offering unique, unforgettable and beneficial experiences to all their guests, with unsurpassed courtesy and service known as The Nordik Way. The company currently employs over 650 people in the Outaouais region, in Quebec, and in Winnipeg in Manitoba. 300 more in the Durham region, Ontario, with the opening of its 3rd spa in 2020.

Since Nordik’s adventure began, the team has proven itself as an industry trailblazer through its commitment and its mission. Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea, Quebec, welcomed its first guests in 2005. At this time, the spa greets over 300,000 guests per year. It has continued to innovate and evolve by introducing unique relaxation experiences, and eventually became the largest spa in North America.

In 2015, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature, the only thermal therapy spa in the Canadian Prairies, opened its doors in Winnipeg. The success of Groupe Nordik’s spas has driven this thriving company’s rise to the top of the wellness industry.

Groupe Nordik locations set themselves apart with their enchanting sites offering natural scenery in wooded havens with easy access to urban areas. The spas are set in a natural environment. In every corner of the site, guests are always surrounded with the most primitive elements: wood, stone, water and fire. The setting and decor of each site is imbued with a powerful, welcoming warmth, adding another dimension to guests’ relaxation experience. Learn more about Groupe Nordik.

About Qualico

Qualico is an integrated real estate company operating in Western Canada and Texas. Established in 1951, areas of business include single-family, multi-family, commercial and industrial construction, residential land acquisition and development, property management, as well as building supply and manufacturing operations.

About Bordeaux Developments

Bordeaux was established in 2001 as an integrated land and housing company with a difference. Since its inception, the team at Bordeaux has brought energy and a unique depth of knowledge to the industry. Decades of local and international experience in leading residential, commercial, and recreational land development companies, combined with a fresh energetic approach to providing the Calgary and area market with a boutique development experience, means they are capable of giving individual attention to each client so that their needs and goals are met.

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