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Finnish Sauna

Sylvester Saha immigrated to Canada from Finland in the spring of 1902, and built a house near Sylvan Lake, then known as Snake Lake, next to his brother's home. In order to have some of the traditional comforts of his home country, Sylvester built this sauna for his family.

After red-hot stones of the bathing room's fireplace were doused with water, bathers would enter into temperatures as high as 100 degrees Celsius on the higher platforms, or sit on benches and sweat for an hour or more. The sauna was donated to Heritage Park in 1985 by owners of the land previously belonging to the Saha family.