Man sitting at the edge of a natural hot springs (Albert Normandin photo)
Nakusp, like many other communities in the Kootenay Rockies region, is home to mineral hot springs.
The science is simple. Hot springs are created when groundwater seeps through the earth's crust, coming into contact with hot rock, and is forced under pressure back to the surface. First Nations across the region have for thousands of years used these hot springs to heal and rejuvenate. There are three different hot springs locations in the Nakusp area.
Nakusp Hot Springs
Owned by the Village of Nakusp, the Nakusp Hot Springs are housed in an amphitheatre-like structure set against a backdrop of mountains that tower just above Kuskanax Creek. The hot springs pool is circular and divided into two sections. The large part is filled with mildly warm water, and the small arc contains hotter water. The spring water coming out of the ground is actually so hot that it needs to be cooled before being pumped into the pool.
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5655 Hwy 23 33 Km North Of Nakusp
Nakusp, British Columbia
For more than a century, people have been drawn to the natural healing waters of Halcyon Hot Springs... Located on the shores of the Arrow Lake between Revelstoke & Nakusp, Halcyon Hot Springs Village and Spa is a wonderful escape from the hustle & bustle of city life.
The famous Halcyon Hot Springs Lithia Waters have a unique combination of minerals that are very relaxing & beneficial for a variety of ailments. The cascading pools are constantly supplied with fresh hot springs water. Swirl away tensions in our natural mineral spring pools while gazing over serene Arrow Lake & the Monashee Mountain range.