Man sitting at the edge of a natural hot springs (Albert Normandin photo)
The Windermere Valley enjoys more than its fair share of amazing geothermal hot springs.
Radium Hot Springs
Surrounded by the red walls of Sinclair Canyon, these open-air mineral pools have a long history. Picture Winston Churchill puffing on a cigar while lounging in the pool - he spent a week at Radium Hot Springs in 1929. The larger pool is maintained at 39°C/103°F, while the cooler swimming pool, which is equipped with a diving board, is stabilized at a comfortable 27°C/84°F.
An on-site day spa offers massage, aromatherapy and wellness treatments. Note that, although the mineral pools are inside the boundary of Kootenay National Park, a National Park pass is not required to drive from the village to the hot springs.