March 02, 2007 | Tips from Travellers >
Kaslo, Hot Springs
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Ainsworth Hot Springs is my favourite hot spot when I head to the Kootenay Rockies. While the outdoor pools and views of Kootenay Lake and the Purcell Mountains are spectacular enough, the reason I visit is the horseshoe-shaped cave where the water comes in. At the back of the cave, the water is the hottest (42C, 114F) and highest. Don't stay too long - it is really, really hot! Forget the horseshoe, I just keep going in circles - hot - cold - hot - cold.
These days, hot springs and spas are luxurious escapes. Ainsworth's cave reminds me that raw nature is still the source for the water that soothes.