Experience the heat at one of the many hot springs in the Kootenay Rockies. Top soaking spots include Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park, where two open-air mineral pools, including Canada's largest hot springs-fed pool, nestle against the sheer walls of Sinclair Canyon. Bighorn sheep frequent the site.
For extra bliss, stop at the on-site Pleiades day spa for a massage, aromatherapy or wellness treatment. In winter, skiers and boarders can soothe sore muscles in the super-heated (41°C/105°F) mini-pool.
Alternatively, make tracks for Lussier Hot Springs, an undeveloped riverside spot in Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, approximately an hour and a half north of Cranbrook. Choose from three warm pools tiered along the riverbank; these shallow, open-air, free-form wonders were built by locals, complete with boulders for backrests.
In summer, the top pool has an average temperature of 43°C/110°F while the lower pool on the Lussier River offers a relatively cool 34°C/94°F. Visit early in the day then relax with some birdwatching at Whiteswan Lake.
The Kootenay Rockies, a mountainous region bordering the Rockies, boasts the bulk of BC’s spring-fed pools. To find more, just follow the signs for the Hot Springs Circle Route. This five- to seven-day, 870 kilometer (540 mile) road trip, one of nine suggested self-drive tours posted around the province, takes in seven hot springs, and passes through some of BC's most stunning lake and mountain scenery.