If you’re looking for an outdoor sauna in Canada, barrel saunas you’ve probably considered a barrel sauna. And for good reason. Barrel saunas are believed to have been invented in British Columbia, and have become popular in Finland.
Thanks to these Canada barrel sauna manufacturers (and a few in Minnesota and Wisconsin) – getting an authentic sauna experience can be fast, easy, and suprisingly affordable.
Welcome to the buying guide for barrel saunas in Canada. You’ll find best barrel sauna kits, mobile barrel saunas, assembled barrel saunas, and panoramic barrel saunas that ship throughout Canada – some with free delivery including BC, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Ottawa.
We’ve been helping sauna buyers find the perfect backyard escape for years, and by following up with buyers and verifying reviews – we’ve learned a lot about which saunas are high quality, perform well (get HOT, Great Loyly), and last.
Here’s what we’ve found.
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Best Value Barrel Saunas in Canada
We’ve been recommending these barrel sauna kits from a Canadian distributor on Ebay for years. They have warehouses in Ottawa and California.
In Canada, they offer a 2 person and 4 person sauna. Both include front porches, electric stoves, western red cedar, glass door, and accessories.
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6′ Kit w/ Porch
- 2 Person Sauna
8′ Kit w/ porch
- 4 Person Sauna
Toule Barrel Saunas
These barrel saunas are the least expensive, but you still get the Canadian Red Cedar. They are shipped as barrel sauna kits, (Canada shipping is around $500 flat rate) so they do require assembly. They offer 6′, 8′, and 12′ models with (or without) porches and changing rooms.
These all come with a free electric sauna stove, with with an option to add on a wood burning kit.
In Canada they offer the 6′ and 8′ barrel saunas that both come with a front porch.
Check out all their options available to Canadians here.
Aleko Barrel Saunas
Aleko barrel saunas ship from Washington but have free shipping throughout Canada, making them an obvious consideration for anyone looking for a reliable, budget sauna that’s more durable than most.
Aleko barrel saunas have optional shingle roofing that will extend the life of your sauna for the Canadian climate if your barrel sauna. You can also add a roof to any barrel sauna if it isn’t under some sort of awning or roof.
A roof can easily double the life if your barrel sauna, which will last even longer if you keep it well elevated and dry as possible when not in use.
Dundalk Leisure Craft Barrel Saunas
Dundalk Leisure Craft is one of the biggest sauna companies in North America, and their barrel saunas are popular in the US, Canada, and around the world.
Like many west coast Canada sauna companies, they offer a panoramic barrel sauna with a glass window that takes up the entire wall next to the heater. Dundalk panoramic barrel saunas are unique because they have a bench seat fitted to the outside window.
They can accomplish this only on Dundalk electric models by placing the electric heater on the wall next to the door.
Note: ‘One of a Kind CR’ Saunas also have this extra bench on panoramic barrel saunas, including wood burning models. See below.
Central Canada Sauna Builders
If you’re looking for a barrel sauna in Central Canada, you might be better off looking at sauna companies across the border in Minnesota and Michigan.
Montreal Sauna ships basic barrel sauna kits very similar to the Toule Saunas above. However, those are cheaper and we know and trust the distributor. But these are an option:
Montreal Sauna - Barrel Sauna BRT68P
- Beautiful Barrel Sauna Made in Canada
One of a Kind Creative Woodworking – Vancouver, BC
If well cared for, your barrel sauna should last many years. If you appreciate fine woodworking and craftsmanship then One of a Kind Creative Woodworking is a must see. Dave makes custom barrel saunas but the most noteworthy is the acrylic bubble barrel sauna with a panoramic view.
Dave is a master cooper, with using the barrel design for everything from wine cellars to tiny houses. He is truly a visionary, and the detail and quality of these saunas are second to none. Got a crazy idea? Their motto is “If it’s impossible, we can do it!”
One of a Kind often uses local wood that they source and mill themselves.
One of a Kind CW barrel saunas have some of the best views in the world, installed throughout Canada (notable installations in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Vancouver), France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Scotland, Germany, United States including Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alaska, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, and California.
They also make a unique 2 tiered barrel sauna that would allow someone to lay down on the top bench while people sit below.
Canada Barrel Sauna History and Why They’re Great
Barrel saunas were invented in Canada by coopers of Finnish descent making giant water barrels.
With an endless supply of cedar and barrel-making skills – these coopers gave us one of the most elegant sauna design to this day.
The barrel shape means there is 23% less interior space to heat, and the sauna itself requires less materials. They heat up faster than any other sauna design.
Barrel saunas can be found throughout the country but British Columbia is certainly a hub. If you’re looking for a barrel sauna in Canada you are likely to find one that suits your needs below. If you know of any other quality barrel sauna companies and builders in Canada please let us know!