vetta nordic spa groundbreaking the project

Groundbreaking Has Begun

Oro-Medonte continues to thrive with the official groundbreaking of the alluring “Vettä Nordic Spa” for immediate release

ORO-MEDONTE, ON (NOVEMBER 14, 2019) – Vettä Nordic Spa, a luxurious outdoor day spa has officially broken ground in the beautiful Oro-Medonte bringing the rich tradition of sauna use in Finland and Scandinavia, to be built on a 26-acre parcel of land within Horseshoe Valley nestled in a serene forest of mature maples and pines at the top of the Horseshoe Resort. Vettä is only a one-hour drive north from the GTA.

“The groundbreaking of Vettä Nordic Spa is an exciting time for Oro-Medonte and the County of Simcoe. Not only will Vettä Nordic Spa provides a unique experience for guests in a beautiful peaceful setting, but it will also complement existing tourism businesses in the area, and provide an opportunity for job creation” says Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes, “We would like to personally welcome Vettä Nordic Spa to Oro-Medonte and extend congratulations to Mr. Eric Harkonen and his team for reaching this milestone.”

Vettä will be one of Canada’s premier outdoor Nordic spas operating year-round, offering guests the opportunity to take the time to reconnect with themselves and with others, escape the fast-paced North American lifestyle, and recharge physically and mentally. It will offer an all-encompassing experience leaving guests feeling fresh, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle life’s challenges.

“When Eric first shared his incredible Vision for Vettä with me, I had trouble imagining my life without this authentic Nordic Spa! Vettä provides opportunities for personal downtime and social interaction, which align beautifully with the Quality of Life and the Connected Communities that is our Region,” says Craig Busch, strategic marketing advisor for Vettä.

With construction commencing, Vettä Nordic Spa anticipates a scheduled opening to the public in late 2020. Please continue to follow our social channels for up-to-date information.

About Vettä Nordic Spa

Paying homage to traditional Finnish design and sauna customs alongside modern sophistication, Vettä will provide guests a variety of opportunities for both personal and social rejuvenation. The spa will highlight the Nordic practice of thermotherapy through transcendent saunas, steam rooms, and luxurious hot & cold pools. Social interaction is an essential part of Finnish sauna tradition and will be actively encouraged and welcomed while also respecting designated quiet zones.

Vettä will offer massage therapy services, a Scandinavian-inspired bistro restaurant, several indoor and outdoor relaxation areas (including a solarium, hammock lounge, and fire pits), and a future chalet/corporate meeting facility. There will be two large, signature saunas, one of which emulates a popular public sauna outside Helsinki, Finland. With features like warm mists, central fireplaces, and meditative water features, these saunas will encourage relaxation and an appreciation of the natural elements.


About Eric Harkonen

Vettä’s founder, Eric Harkonen, is a first-generation Canadian whose parents immigrated to Northern Ontario from Finland in the 1950s.

Vettä is the realization of his ultimate dream of becoming an entrepreneur. “Five years ago, while relaxing and socializing with friends and family in my home sauna, I was asked if I had ever been to a Nordic Spa. After visiting my first Nordic Spa with my wife, Donna, we then visited the truly traditional and inspirational saunas in Finland and a world-renowned spa in Iceland. I was convinced that I could build a Nordic Spa in Ontario that was inspired by and a testament to my Finnish heritage.”

To share the relaxation and wellness benefits of a Finnish sauna that he had grown up enjoying, Eric set out with the goal of building an outdoor Nordic spa. After obtaining an Engineering degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from McMaster University, Eric spent 25 years leading and mentoring project teams on the delivery of numerous engineering and construction projects across Canada and the world, culminating in the creation of Vettä.

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In an effort to being fully transparent, please read the following before booking:

We are pleased to offer you introductory pricing as we open our booking software at a lower capacity limit to give us the ability to adapt to our procedures and focus on giving you the best experience.

During this introductory window, we will not be opening the restaurant, however the bistro will be in full operation. There may be a few finishing touches left to do around Vettä and we ask for your understanding ahead of time. We are still hard at work to complete every last detail and plan to be in full swing by spring of 2022.

Until then, we welcome you to come and experience our Massage, Nordic Spa and Bistro. We thank you for helping us to shape Vettä into one of Ontario’s top destinations!

Please Keep In Mind:

– You Must Be 19 Years Of Age Or Older To Visit Vettä

– When You Book A Massage (Or A Duo Massage For 2), It Includes Entry To The Nordic Spa

– Please Enjoy A Free Robe Rental Waiting For You In Your Locker (Up To Size 2x)

– Please Do Not Forget To Bring Your Spa Footwear (Sandals Are Ideal)

Group Bookings Over 4 Guests

Vettä encourages spending time with loved ones and we know there is a lot of interest around group bookings. At this time, our booking software allows 4 people to book at once. For groups larger than 4 guests, please fill out this form so a Vettä team member can work with you directly on booking your visit.