The village of Radium Hot Springs (pop: 800), nestled between the Purcell and Rocky Mountain ranges, has long been known as the “warmer side of the Rockies” and is a renowned destination for all types of vacationers.
Sacred to the Natives, treasured by many European settlers, Radium Hot Springs has been a therapeutic destination for generations. Set in a spectacular canyon setting, Radium Hot Springs has been a natural draw from the first small pool scooped out of the gravel to today’s developed facility. It is believed that the water is therapeutic, particularly for arthritis sufferers, and is definitely soothing and relaxing for everyone. There are also over 200 Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep that like to frequently spend their time in the Village of Radium Hot Springs. They can often be seen grazing in the village from late autumn to mid-spring.
The Columbia Valley
Along with the Radium Hot Springs the Columbia Valley is an ideal base for a vast variety of recreational activities. The valley boasts eight 18 – hole courses and six 9 – hole courses all surrounded by awe-inspiring wilderness. A float down the Columbia River, the longest continuous wetlands in North America, will give you the chance to see over 250 species of birds such as the great blue heron. The vast network of local streams, glacier fed rivers and pristine mountain lakes all offer great adventures for canoers, kayakers and anglers alike.
For bikers, hikers, and climbers several fantastic parks are located in this area: Kootenay National Park, Bugaboos Provincial Park, Assiniboine Provincial Park, Height of the Rockies Wilderness Area and the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy all await your discovery of their vast breathtaking terrain.
Located a short 16 km drive from Radium Hot Springs is the picturesque town of Invermere. Which offers sandy beaches, dependable breezes and miles of open water from nearby Lake Windermere a haven for swimmers, sailors and sunbathers. A few hours can easily be spent exploring the charm of downtown Invermere with its numerous coffee houses and local arts & gift shops.