Tuesday, May 21, 2024

HAVN floating nordic spa opens its reclaimed cedar doors to the public (PHOTOS)


The newest addition to Victoria’s Inner Harbour has opened its doors to the public after months of anticipation and years of hard work.

HAVN Harbour Sauna was created by CEO Nick Van Buren, founder and former co-owner of ANIÁN and his business partner as well as CFO, Kurtis Vallee.

The floating spa was built on a decommissioned barge Van Buren found for a bargain on West Cracroft Island. Once he had the barge, he brought it to Ogden Point where construction began.

HAVN’s barge is unique because nearly all the wood used for its construction came from reclaimed cedar — something Van Buren’s done before when he built a much smaller sauna boat from entirely reclaimed wood and materials. 

The floating spa barge features two cold plunge pools, two hot tubs, three saunas which all feature unique differences, themes and views, exfoliation showers, magnificent gardens and a relaxation cabin. 


HAVN Harbour Sauna is now officially launched and the pre-bookings that opened in April are already filling fast with only a limited amount of time slots left in June. 

Rates start at $75 for access to all of their amenities for three hours. Five and 10 visit punch-cards are also available for $350 and $650 respectively which will save sauna-enthusiasts on their visits.

Even though the Founders of HAVN, Van Buren and Vallee have jumped through dozens of hoops to get where they are at now, there is still work to be done for the busybody duo. 

The vessel’s stern has a large space that will be utilized once Van Buren and Vallee have gotten the ball rolling on the spa end of the business. Right now, they are unsure of what this space will become, but possibilities include a yoga space, wedding and music venue or general events space.

HAVN Harbour Sauna

  • Where: 920 Wharf Street
  • When: Wednesdays to Mondays, 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • Admission: See availability on their website
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