Man sitting at the edge of a natural hot springs (Albert Normandin photo)
There is something miraculous about geothermal hot springs.
They start with groundwater seeping down deep into the earth's crust, where the rocks are hot, hot, hot! Then, the hot water is forced back up to the surface infused with minerals – emerging in a number of places around the Kootenay Rockies. The Windermere Valley enjoys more than its fair share of these miracles.
Radium Hot Springs
Surrounded by the red walls of Sinclair Canyon, these open-air mineral pools have a long history. Picture Winston Churchill lounging in the pool while puffing on a cigar – he spent a week here 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.
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Kootenay National Park
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
Kootenay National Park is a land of startling contrasts. From glaciers to grasslands, broad vistas to narrow canyons, icy rivers to steamy hot springs - this place has it all!
Every twist and turn of the historic Banff-Windermere highway reveals something interesting to explore: Camp in comfort in one of Kootenay's new oTENTik tent-cabins. Relax and soak in some history at the famous Radium Hot Springs Pools. Marvel at the dramatic colours and sounds of Marble Canyon as you crisscross a narrow gorge and wander into the heart of a recent wildfire. Grab your backpack and lace up your hiking boots for an epic multi-day adventure on the Rockwall Trail or watch the 'slow fireworks' of colourful wildflowers along the Stanley Glacier Trail.