Mobile saunas are saunas that are designed for mobility, so they can be moved when required. They include trail sweats, sauna tents, sauna trailers, sauna trucks, sauna buses, sauna cars, sauna bikes, sauna floats, sauna boats, and other vehicles with saunas. You can see a gallery of Mobile Saunas around the world containing many different examples of mobile saunas.
The BC Mobile Sauna Society operates several mobile saunas.
Sauna Truck (2005)
The saunatruck was completed in 2005 to replace the SaunaVan. Similar in layout but larger, this sauna has visited events and festivals around BC and since it’s construction has been the main mobile sauna of the Society. There’s a nice gallery of the 2005 saunatruck construction
Sauna Van (2001/2006)
The saunavan was built in December 2000 and completed on January 1 to make sauna trips around BC, from Squamish to Nelson and all around the Vancouver area. The 1980 GMC Vandura featured a propane sauna stove and a all-cedar interior. After an motor vehicle accident it was converted into a trailer in 2006 and the interior was refurbished. It currently resides on Gabriola Island.
Sauna Tent (2014)
For 2014 we have completed our tent sauna designed to be set up in places where the Sauna Truck won’t fit, on decks, in backyards, in carports and warehouse studios. The sauna itself is 10’x7′ (3m x 2m) with our usual L-shaped, two-level benches. The structure and benches are modular and it comes apart easily into flat sections no larger than 4’x6′ (1.3m x 2m). The skin is 15oz cotton canvas covered with a layer of blanket insulation and a polytarp shell. It’s intended for multi-week residencies around East Vancouver.
TBus Sauna (2014)
This co-production with Transformation Projects is a big sauna in an even bigger red bus that includes a full kitchen, lounge and master bedroom. Big windows in the bus and sauna give it a very bright and open interior. The sauna is 7’x8′, with a U-shaped bench layout. The benches even have seatbelts. It’s an amazing bus by all accounts, and it’s available for your events through Transformation Projects.
Sauna Dome (2008-2013)
Since 2008 the sauna dome has been re-contructed yearly in the Elaho river valley near Squamish with a kit including a stove and dome covering fabrics. Some excellent riverside sites prevented access by large vehicles so the dome was a solution to get bathers next to the glacial river. Wooden branches for the dome structure are obtained on-site, parts of which are reused from previous years.