By Meghan Tabor
The Kootenay Rockies region is home to some of the best action-packed winter sports in the world. But when the dust settles, it sure is nice to kick up your feet in one of our local watering holes.
Depending on what you’re looking for, each heavenly bath offers something different, and to truly experience the magic, you’ll probably have to try them all! There is an awesome week-long Hot Springs Circle Route you can follow, but my winter rendition is below.
Start your journey in Radium, to one of the largest hot spring mineral pools in Canada. Possibly the most famous of them all, it also tends to be the most populated.
What makes Radium a hot spot? The bighorn sheep outnumber the local residents (or so it seems!)
Continue on through Golden and Revelstoke while enjoying some of their winter offerings on route to your next soak. A (free) scenic ferry ride across the Columbia River is the quickest way to access the quaint Kootenay town of Nakusp.
On route, you’ll find Halcyon Hot Springs, featuring four mineral-rich pools. If you’re really looking for the ultimate relaxation vacation, the Spa at Halcyon offers a complete service – including unique heated basalt stone massage.
What makes Halcyon a hot spot? The view from the pools will knock your suit off.
Not far down the road lies Nakusp Hot Springs, owned by the Village of Nakusp. The spring water here coming out of the ground is actually so hot that it needs to be cooled before being pumped into the pool.
What makes Nakusp a hot spot? The bridge over Kuskanux Creek is a hidden gem.
End your Kootenay cleanse at Ainsworth Hot Springs, 22-km south of Kaslo. Originating in the Cody Caves, these are possibly the best commercial hot springs in British Columbia.
What makes Ainsworth a hot spot? Soaking with stalagmites and stalactites.
For more Kootenay Rockies hot springs, view our map.
Photos: (top) Halcyon Hot Springs, courtesy of Kootenay Rockies Tourism; Radium Hot Springs, Ainsworth Hot Springs, courtesy of Destination BC.
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