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“Rare Gem at a Bargain Price”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Radium Hot Springs pool, located in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park, features Canada’s biggest hot springs pool and offers something for all the family to enjoy, including a cooler swimming pool (27°C, 84°F). Whether you are visiting the local Radium golf courses, skiing or snowboarding at Panorama Ski Resort, or just passing through Kootenay National Park, the Radium Hot Springs are a unique thing to do and not to be missed! The mineral water of Radium Hot Springs is uniquely odourless and clear, making this hot springs perfect for a relaxing soak. Gaze up at the rock cliffs of Sinclair Canyon from the spacious mineral hot pool and see if you can spot one of the bighorn sheep that make this canyon home. The kids will enjoy swimming and diving in the cooler swimming pool (29ºC). Plan to visit often? there is so much to enjoy year-round, including: Eastern B.C.’s largest day spa, the annual stained glass art show and sale from May 16- October 12 , heated winter pool entrances, nature trails and picnic areas and space to lounge. Radium Hot Springs Poolside Cafe and Gift Shop snacks and souvenirs coming right up! Indoor and outdoor seating.
Edmonton, Canada
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Rare Gem at a Bargain Price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Until the federal government proposal to privatize all federally operated hot springs pools, you can enjoy one of the best escapes in the world. Soak in a hot spring where you look up at a mountainside and, if you're very lucky, may see mountain sheep on the mountainside above the pool. Perhaps the mountain sheep are curious and come to see the silly 2-legged creatures who sit or lie in warm water.

Adults pay a $6.30 + GST entry fee. Really? This is a ridiculously low amount to pay for entry into the pool. Most adults wisely choose the warm pool but those with children will inevitably be coaxed to the cool pool (27C/84F) where they can be more active. Visitors simply wanting to soak will stay in the warm pool where activity is restricted and is shallow throughout. A small hot tub is available. The change rooms are basic but kept clean.

A tad crowded during high season but very quiet during our Thanksgiving long-weekend visit.

You will also need a Parks Canada pass to stop anywhere in a national park. You can purchase a day pass, multiple day pass, or an annual pass. The annual Parks Canada Discovery Pass is another bargain (good for over 100 parks, marine conservation areas, or historic sites). We've found the Discovery Pass quickly pays for itself. I particularly like that displaying the pass reduces or eliminates the time at entry gates.

Visited October 2013
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Stettler, Canada
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“Great Thermal Pool”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is the fourth time we have visited the pool. Very relaxing. However this last time the pool seemed very hot and we could not stay in as long, and felt very drained afterwards. The change rooms need upgrading and do not provide much privacy. The lockers do eat your loonies if you are not careful. Watch for animals, mountain sheep and goats seem to like the hills around the pool.

Visited August 2013
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Wormit, United Kingdom
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“Amazing experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

To soak in a natural hot pool while looking at the mountains was really amazing. The fact that it was a cold day, and we even had some drizzle, only added to the fun. Having said that, the changing rooms are fairly basic. I couldn't find a hairdrier, and the lockers swallow your dollar. Also the regular "cold" swimming pool was not open the day wevisited.

Visited September 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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“Great roadtrip treat.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

Though it is along side the highway, once in the hot springs you do not notice the traffic because the pool is below the level of the road. Relaxing in the thermal waters you look up at the mountain or trees. Water temperature is not too hot but very relaxing. Great for my wife's arthritis. Only a couple of dozen people when we were there so lots of room. Lots of parking. There was also a cold pool for swimming that we did not use. There were mountain goats on the edge of the parking lot.

Visited October 2013
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“Always great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Always a great spot to stop and relax. Beautiful scenery, if you are lucky you will see the mountain sheep coming through the canyon...just watch the road at night.

Visited September 2013
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