Sid Lee's transformation of an old river ferry into a world class luxury floating spa-boat is definitely nose-worthy. Docked in the Old Port with former factories as a backdrop, the story of the Bota Bota boat begins in the 1950's when it served as a ferry between Sorel and Berthier, Quebec, until eventually it was renamed L'Escale in 1967 when it became a show boat for the next few decades.
Fast forward to 2008 when the Emond family purchased the then retired ferry with the dream of transforming it into a floating spa. Opened in 2010 after a massive metamorphosis, Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau offers a full gamut of health and beauty treatments: steam rooms, Finnish saunas, a Nail Bar, massage therapy, facials, manis and pedis, to name but a few.
Their restaurant, L'Auberge sur la Route, also doesn't hold back. With a Michelin-starred chef Éric Gonzalez at while enjoying unobstructed views of of the St Lawrence.
Old Port of Montreal
Corner of McGill and de la Commune Ouest