Stoked for saunas in Revy

Finnish-Canadian Mika Sihvo builds one-of-a-kind portable saunas in Revelstoke, B.C.

Mika Sihvo has combined quality Finnish craftmanship with transportation to create the ultimate sauna-on-the-go experience. — Photo courtesy Mika Sihvo

Finnish folk love saunas so much they use them all year round. For a Finnish-Canadian living in Revelstoke, like Mika Sihvo, our facilities just aren’t up to snuff. That’s why he took things into his own hands and created his own portable sauna that he takes wherever he goes. It’s called the Sauna Stoke. “It’s a cheesy word play,” said Sihvo. “ ‘Stoke’ coming from Revelstoke, and ‘stoke’ implying passion and excitement.”

The trailer is six by 12 feet with the interior of the sauna approximately seven feet long, six feet wide and six feet high. Those dimensions make it big enough for “Four across the top bench if you are friendly, or depending how cute the girl next to you is,” Sihvo said. “Once inside, you forget that you are in a trailer. You can use it alone, share it or rent it out. Be the life of the party if you roll up with it!”



Kyle Born

Kyle Born is a writer for Kootenay Business and his initials match that of the magazine—it must be fate that brought them together. View all of Kyle Born’s articles

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