Radium Hot Springs as seen from Redstreak Campground Road

(Kris McCauley photo)

Radium Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Man sitting at the edge of a natural hot springs (Albert Normandin photo)

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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