Our story


Hospitality and sharing happiness are in our DNA.

Our genesis

For as far back as Stéphanie Émond, co-founder along with her father Daniel, can remember, The Émond family has integrated bath rituals in their daily lives.

At their summer cottage, They built a sauna on the dock piece by piece in the early 1980s. Its location on an Island in the Outaouais region made its construction difficult, yet this made it also very unique. In winter, the family would not let a weekend go by without ending each ski day in the sauna and a swim in the icy waters of the Rivière-à-Simon in the Laurentians.

From Barcelona to Quebec

Established in Barcelona since 1999, Stéphanie Émond started to explore the Catalan Coast early on in 2003, hoping to find the ideal setting for the spa project she had been nurturing since her adolescence.

Animated by a desire to combine her passion for hospitality, health and architecture, it was in 2004, during a winter trip back home to Quebec, that Stéphanie and her father discovered, while snowshoeing in the heart of the Eastern Townships, an exceptional domain in Bromont-sur-le-lac. They immediately fell in love with this breathtakingly beautiful natural landscape that went as far as the eye could see and saw the great potential the old abandoned buildings offered.

Stéphanie moved back home to dedicate herself to developing her project in partnership with her father. Recruiting her dear friend, Jean-Sébastien Bourdages, a young architect she had met in Barcelona, they drew up exploratory sketches, transforming them as their environment inspired them.

She then established her treatment and service plan, using the knowledge she had acquired during her travels throughout Scandinavia, Europe, Jordan and South-America. She also modeled her ideas using the rich historical heritage BALNEA presented as an ancient Amerindian ritual site.

Soon after they had started building, Stéphanie met Denis Laframboise, a young Montreal Entrepeneur with whom she shared a passion for entrepreneurship and design. A skillful and meticulous administrator, Denis soon joined the father-daughter partnership to finalize the construction of the project.

Two years later, Denis and Stéphanie became the sole shareholders of the enterprise.

From the opening to today

In October 2005, after more than a year and a half and an investment of over 5 million dollars, BALNEA Spa and Thermal Reserve was officially inaugurated.

From the moment it opened its doors, BALNEA has become a reference for day spas in Quebec.

BALNEA redefines the art of relaxation and innovates through its contemporary design, with its client service planning as well as with its “all inclusive” experience within a lean and refined ambiance for all the senses to enjoy and offered with authenticity and gratitude.

“Ever since those first days, we have been pursuing our dream of offering our clients a timeless, voluptuous, gourmet health resort experience. For us, BALNEA is an ode to nature, an adventurous and captivating sanctuary, a ritual constantly reinventing itself, a well needed luxury, that must inspire, rejuvenate and awaken”.

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