The variety of year round activities and the draw to the natural springs themselves are celebrated in some of British Columbia’s mildest weather conditions. Parks are full of hiking trails, lakes are abundant with fish, the winter activities and glaciers are stunning, and individuals seeking relief from tiring aches and pains claim these hot springs to be some of the finest on the planet. There is no surprise that even though there are only 800 residents in the village of Radium Hot Springs year round that there are nearly 300,000
visitors who find themselves enticed to seek out the areas fantastic wilderness sites and the warm natural pools.
Other parts of the area surrounding Radium Hot Springs provide therapeutic relaxation.
A leisurely drive out through Sinclair Canon, passing their sheer rugged sides of the road carved between them, is certainly a great way to be introduced to the scale of Mother Nature here. Standing shore side to the Columbia River and setting up a picnic or water activities provides a soothing afternoon experience. Taking a trip to see the glaciers at the Kootney National Park (140,000 hectares to explore) is unforgettable. Mount Wardle has the largest population of mountain goats, so plan on bringing binoculars to engage in wildlife watching. Lake Windemere provides great fishing and day trips to the beach in the summer time. Or if golf is your game you will have the choice of 15 courses within 15 to 45 minutes from the heart of Radium.
Something is always a buzz at such a place of wilderness wonder. The mountains surrounding Radium Hot Springs makes home for an amazing array of wildlife; wolves, caribou, black bears, big horned sheep, elk, mule deer, mountain goat, and cougar to name a few.
Highlights: Because of the inspiring scenery it is not surprising that more and more artists and cultural events develop in Radium yearly. While you are visiting the area, be sure to participate in local events, artisan venue or open studios and ask about their available works at local shops. You can experience their works in written, instrumental and various mixed media.
History: The soothing effects of the waters in the odorless mineral pools found under Redstreak Mountain were originally discovered and frequented by the bands of First Nations people. They realized the pools were cleansing of both mind and spirit, especially their sore muscles. This was extremely valuable for their journeys men and seasonal fishing trips to the area. Their people explored this area for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the first white men out of Europe.
Roland Stuart was an Englishman who paid one hundred and sixty dollars to purchase the springs in 1890. Then the first pool was constructed by Lork Northcote and group of Englishmen who stopped suddenly due to World War I. Whereby, in 1923 The Canadian government decided to contribute to the development of the first log bathhouse. Thanks to the Canadian Pacific Railway maintaining the lodge, the area became more known and accessible.
Climate: Summer average 18 to 20 degrees Celsius
Winter average (January) – 7 degrees Celsius