Ainsworth Hot Springs
Kootenay Lake, late summer - the Kokanee Salmon run
Kootenay Lake, dive for relics at Kaslo to the north of Ainsworth.
Kokanee Creek Provincial Park
Morning Mountain, Nelson - ski hill, family or couple fun
Kokanee Creek and Kootenay Lake - great fishing stocks
Cody Caves Provincial Park - ancient collection of limestone, 3 hour tours available.
Kootenay Lake was a familiar seasonal fishing ground for the First Nations Kootenay Bands - the Ktunaxa people, 'Kokanee' means 'red fish', referring to the Kootenay Lake's abundant salmon runs which occur near the end of summer. The members of these bands lived throughout the region for over 5,000 years. Undoubtedly they would have found the hot springs rejuvenating for healing sore bodies after their long travels.
Ainsworth Hot Springs gained its name from Captain Ainsworth, who founded the Oregon Navigation Company and had interest in the mineral deposits located on the western side of Kootenay Lake. From 1885 to 1893, the town had six hotels and approximately 3,000 residents - the mining boom was on! After that period, Ainsworth and many surrounding towns ran out of mineral and the mines began closing. Many remnants of the good old days stand as ghost towns today.
Summer average 24 degrees Celsius
Winter average -6 degrees Celsius
Map of Ainsworth Hot Springs
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