BC hot springs can be found in a number of areas, and more often than not, these areas are scenic wonderlands. The Kootenay Rockies area is an example of this. The natural hot springs that are so plentiful in this highland region are usually surrounded by canyon walls, rivers, forests, and stunningly beautiful mountains. Adding to the allure of the hot springs in Kootenay Rockies is the rich mineral content of the waters. Many believe that the springs have healing properties and therapeutic properties.
The Ainsworth Hot Springs are among the most popular hot springs in the Kootenay Rockies. They are set on the shores of Kootenay Lake and offer mineral waters that flow into various pools. Guests at the Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort enjoy complimentary access to the springs, as well as interesting caves that can be a joy to explore. The Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort appropriately calls the community of Ainsworth Hot Springs home and are located at 3609 Hwy 31.
Also found in the Kootenay Rockies region is Fairmont Hot Springs BC, found in the town of Invermere. The Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is found at 5225 Fairmont Resort Road. Fairmont Hot Springs BC is the largest of Canada's hot spring pool complexes. It is also the most popular, and this has a lot to do with the 3,280-square-foot main pool. A fine selection of accommodations and some tantalizing dining options also await visitors to Fairmont Hot Springs. Guests can also indulge in a variety of fun outdoor activities at this four-season resort.
When trying to find the best hot springs in British Columbia, visitors to the Kootenay Rockies region won't want to overlook Radium Hot Springs. Found in Kootenay National Park, this hot springs destination features the biggest hot spring pool in the country. The Sinclair Canyon walls rise high above the Radium Hot Springs pool, and the water temperature averages almost 110 degrees Fahrenheit. As you might expect, many visitors to Kootenay National Park include a Radium Hot Springs soaking session on their itineraries.
Heading over to the Vancouver region, anyone who is interested in enjoying the healing benefits of a hot springs soak might want to take a side trip to Harrison Hot Springs. This resort town can be found approximately 75 miles east of Vancouver and is primarily known for its hot springs and its scenic views. Harrison Hot Springs has actually been a resort destination since 1886, and should you be dropping into town to enjoy everything that it has to offer, a stay at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa might be in order. Found at 100 Esplanade Avenue, this resort and spa is an excellent place to unwind, and when you get the urge, any number of fun activities can be enjoyed on the side.
Soaking in the abundant BC hot springs can be a fine way to spend some time when you're not enjoying any other number of fun things to do. Wherever you go in the province, you will likely be close to alluring hot springs destinations that beckon with their therapeutic effects. On Vancouver Island, for instance, the Maquinna Provincial Park tempts Tofino area visitors with its hot springs. You can only take a seaplane or boat to this isolated park, and tours can be arranged in Tofino. These tours often include other unforgettable experiences, such as whale watching.
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