A Hot Springs Tour is a Great Activity Any Time of Year
And British Columbia is one of the best places in the world to do this. The Hot Springs Circle Route goes directly through Nelson Kootenay Lake, with stops in Halcyon Hot Springs, Nakusp, Nakusp Hot Springs, New Denver, Kaslo and Ainsworth Hot Springs.
Halcyon resort features four mineral-rich pools, and gorgeous views of surrounding area from the main pool. If you are feeling adventurous, there are also an abundance of natural hot springs in the area, some more accessible than others.
Nearby Nakusp offers more hot springs as well as a historic town featuring Japanese gardens, which are well worth the visit. The Hot Springs Circle Tour takes you next through Silverton and New Denver, both small historic towns with artisans, heritage buildings and lots of charm.
New Denver is also home to the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre dedicated to honouring the men, women and children interned there during World War II. This volunteer-run museum and memorial is the perfect afternoon visit.
Hike or bike along the Galena trail for an after-lunch nature walk, and don’t forget to visit Sandon, a local “ghost town”. Perfect for this time of year, with Halloween just around the corner, Sandon is a well-preserved ghost town with lots of charm and history. Once known as the “Monte Carlo of the north” it now lies dormant, but still holds lots of memories.
Next Stop, Kaslo
Kaslo, known for its old world charm, is sometimes likened to a Swiss village. Nestled between mountains with a lovely bay at its waterfront, Kaslo is a lovely town which, though lively now, harkens back to a time when it was a bustling port. Now, you can tour the oldest steam wheeler in the world — The SS Moyie, and be reminded of times gone by.
Finally, on the Nelson Kootenay Lake part of this tour, you’ll make a stop at Ainsworth Hot Springs. Overlooking Kootenay Lake, Ainsworth is reminiscent of a European-style hot springs, with a lovely restaurant with large, floor-to-ceiling windows which look out over the hot springs as well as giving gorgeous views of the lake. Ainsworth Hot Springs is also a hotel, so you can easily stay and soak again the next morning.
From Ainsworth, you will next take the Kootenay Lake Ferry, the longest free ferry in the world, across to the east shore and Creston. Any time is a good time to do a hot springs tour, but the next full moon is November 6, making that an especially gorgeous time to spend outdoors in a naturally warm, geothermal pool of mineral-rich goodness.
Plan to spend about a week to do the entire tour, or simply take a few days to tour Nelson Kootenay Lake hot springs. Whatever you decide, we hope to see you here soon. And, of course, if you’d like ideas for places to stay while here, please take a look at the Nelson Kootenay Lake website.