Victoria’s Inner Harbour has a new attraction that’s making waves — a 44-metre barge that’s being transformed into a floating Nordic spa.
Originally built in 1943, when it was used as a floating wartime workshop, the vessel is currently being repurposed into a multi-deck facility that’ll offer cold pools, hot saunas, and a new tourist attraction in downtown Victoria.
It was tugged into its new home in the Inner Harbour Tuesday, where it will soon offer a new retreat for adults in the area.
The new floating Nordic spa, aptly named HAVN, is 80 per cent complete and on schedule to open June 1.
With a view of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, the new attraction will make a splash for locals and millions of visitors who come to the region annually. Offering a “hydrotherapy circuit,” it’ll include saunas, cold pools, hot tubs, outdoor showers, a green space on the deck and more.
The sauna has been gathering steam for a while and was finally approved by a unanimous city council vote at the start of the 2023 year.
Ticket sales have already opened to the public and are available online for $75.
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