Claude Provost, (Montreal Canadians hockey player)
Spa Bolton is dedicated to the memory of the late Claude Provost, veteran Montreal Canadians hockey player, who passed away April 17, 1984. He won nine Stanley Cups during his career and he was the first player to be awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for being the most devoted and honest player in his sport.
Wishing to spend some time with his dad, his son Claude Provost Jr. would regularly accompany him during his training sessions at the Montreal Palestre Nationale, and it is at that time that the future owner and founder of Spa Bolton discovered the benefits of saunas – he was only six at the time.
Claude Provost senior was part of a Hockey Dynastie winning five Stanley Cups while playing with the Montreal Canadians between 1956 and 1960. He may be the only member of that team not to have been inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but is the only one to have a Spa in his memory.
Cheers to the athlete, to the man,to the friend, but especially to the father he was!
Your son, always,
Claude Provost Jr.
Owner and founder of the Spa Bolton
The J.C. Willard Sawmill
The J.C. Willard sawmill was built in Bolton Centre in 1860. In those days, the village was known as Willard’s Mills, and the Missisquoi river was called Black River. The sawmill was built next to the falls and a reservoir-dam erected to activate the sawmill. There was also a flour mill on the other bank across the river.
Mr. Willard had come up from Massachusetts, U.S.A. and operated the mills with his sons Charles, Milo and Frederick. They took advantage of the railroad to expedite their wood products: clapboards, butter boxes and churns, hat boxes, clothespins, matches, washboards, door handles, etc. The business closed in 1907 after a fire and loss of hydraulic power.
Since 2001, the Spa Bolton offers an access to the falls and Missisquoi Nord river basin and eddy, as well as to the outdoor baths, a sauna and all-season massage therapy services. Geothermic solar energy warms part of the building and water.