Hot tub boats coming to Victoria next month

Hot tub boats coming to Victoria next month
Hot Tub Boat Canada
A floating hot tub is tested in Upper Harbour.

It’s not your mainstream boat rental.

This summer, Victoria will feature a new, unique way to explore the Upper Harbour and Gorge Waterway: a hot tub.

Beginning July 6, the public will be able to step aboard “Canada’s first hot tub on water” and enjoy self-guided tours around the downtown area.

According to Hot Tub Boat Canada owner Tanner McLeod, the boats have a capacity of six and can be rented for time slots of an hour-and-a-half at a rate of $65 per person. There will be an additional boat charge of $35 to cover environmental costs.

The company’s website claims no boating license will be required to operate the hot tub, but anyone captaining the vessel needs to be 19 years or older. Any other occupant is required to be over the age of 12.

Designed in the Netherlands, the boats are equipped with built-in Bluetooth speakers, a trolling motor and an on board stove to heat the water. McLeod said customers will also receive two bottles of water and dry bags for belongings. Further information provided by McLeod outlines that boats will be cleaned after each use and alcohol will not be permitted.

On the company’s Facebook page, posts suggest they are currently running test trials leading up to it’s launch date and that they have built a floating change room on it’s dock.

Victoria will be the first city Hot Tub Boat Canada launches in, but there are plans to expand into Vancouver and Kelowna before the end of the year.


A photo of the hot tubs that will be used during the self-guided tours. (Hot Tub Boat Canada)

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