Steamy Canadian resort to have world’s biggest hot tub

Geolagoon’s rendering of the planned resort
Canadian company Geolagoon plans to build a forest resort around what will be the world’s biggest thermal lagoon.

The 12,000-sq-m lake in Charlevoix, an hour northeast of Quebec City, will have an insulated tank that keeps waters at 38°C all year long.

The giant hot tub will eventually be encircled by a village of 300 solar-powered chalets.

The scheme is being modelled on Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, and will be heated using a combination of geothermal, biomass and solar systems, along with the thermal reservoir beneath its base to store heat. If all goes to plan, the resort should be energy self-sufficient.

The chalets will be solar powered, and available to buy or rent (Geolagoon)

The first phase involves building 150 chalets for sale or renting to tourists. The lagoon itself, which Geolagoon describes as a “huge thermos”, will be added in the second stage. The third stage will see another 150 chalets built.

As well as chalets, the village will have art galleries, a ski resort, golf facilities, dining and a whale-watching site.

Construction is expected to begin in March. According to the company, similar lagoons are planned for three more Quebec locations: Laurentides, Lanaudière and the Eastern Townships.

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