During my trip to the Canadian Rockies I was desperate to find a natural hot spring to soak in. There are tons of resorts that have man made hot springs but to be honest, these just seem like glorified swimming pools to me. The exciting part is soaking in warm water that is nature, not a cement square accompanied by lifeguards and diving boards. These pools are often typically over crowded and that for me kills the whole peaceful vibe. This same issue makes finding any information on natural hot springs nearly impossible. Any source you’ll find is pretty vague when describing the location. These hot springs are like little treasures that some are lucky enough to stumble upon so I can’t blame them for not wanting to keep their secret place just that, secret. Today I am going to give you all a little treat and tell you exactly how to get to the hot spring I went to. Disclaimer, this hot spring is directly next to a resort so it’s pretty easy to find and it also was unfortunately ruined a bit in the reconstruction of a mudslide. These facts makes this location feel a little less secretive so I don’t feel too bad sharing it.
Starting out at the Fairmont Hot Spring Resort in BC Canada, you are going to follow the path to the left of the parking lot that runs around the side and to the back of the resort. Once you’ve reached the back you’ll see the man made hot spring directly in front of you. Ignore that. Walk towards it but turn left between the swim shop and cafe where you’ll see a bridge. Go over it.
Once you’ve crossed the bridge you’ll follow a path to the right that leads underneath the bridge. There’s a gravel pathway under here that you will follow to the left, down the hill until you reach the hot spring on your right. Now I know I mentioned it’s slightly ruined from reconstruction but don’t get it mixed up with the first fall off from the swimming pool above. Continue down the path a little longer and you’ll see the actual hot spring sitting pool. Although this is also created from pool run off, it is indeed completely natural hot spring water. Be careful crossing the river. There are a few branches you can use to stay steady while using the rocks to cross.
You don’t have to worry too much about the water being too hot since it is run off from the resort pool and that is monitored, but always check before jumping into a hot spring. Enjoy!