Is there anything more relaxing than sinking into hot water? The way it soothes aching muscles after a long day of activities and exploring–what better way to wrap up a day with a good long soak?
Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on a bathtub or a hot tub in BC. All over the province, there are natural hot springs that can provide the super luxe feeling you’re craving. Here are a few of the best hot springs that BC has to offer.
1. Fairmont Hot Springs
Home to the largest hot spring in BC, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort has three pools to choose from: cool, warm, and hot. There are also other, more natural hot springs in the resort area if you know where to go.
There is RV camping as part of the resort, which gets you a discount for the pools, or you could travel a few kilometres down the highway to one of the other campgrounds in the area. One option is the Spruce Grove Campground, which has a number of full and partial hookup sites, hot showers, flush toilets, coin laundry, and a heated swimming pool. Plus, you get a discount to the hot springs with proof of site booking.
2. Radium Hot Springs
Nestled on the BC side of the Rocky Mountains, Radium Hot Springs is literally beside the mountain – the rock face surrounds one side of the large pool. Located in Kootenay National Park, the facility also has a hot tub and a cool pool if you feel like mixing it up.
Even better, it’s less than a 30 min drive away from Fairmont Hot Springs as well! So whether you’re at Radium or Fairmont, they’ve got excellent day trip potential for you to come out and check out the other one.
Further down the road in the Village of Radium Hot Springs, there is RV camping up on the hill at the Redstreak Campground. They offer full RV hookups, open kitchen shelters, fire rings, potable water, playgrounds, food storage, and recycling bins.
The best part? There’s a 2.7km trail that leads you right to the hot pools.
3. Harrison Hot Springs
The Village of Harrison Hot Springs decided to build itself around the mineral hot pools in the area. The Harrison Hot Springs Resort holds the keys to five hot spring-fed mineral pools, all kept at different temperatures.
Some pools are indoors and some are outdoors, so you can pool-hop until you find your perfect soak. If you’re looking for RV camping nearby, try the Harrison Springs Camping and RV park. They offer full and partial hookups, hot showers, flush toilets, cable TV, potable water, and security on site.
4. Halcyon Hot Springs
You’ll find the Halcyon Hot Springs in a remote resort in the Monashee mountains that boasts relaxing hot springs in addition to canoeing, hiking, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, and more. There are three pools, one warm, one hot, and one cold plunge. There’s no cell service in the area, so if you’re really looking to get away from it all, this is the place to do it.
For RV camping options, there’s Murphy’s Landing Creekside and Lakefront Resort in Nakusp. They offer full service hookups as well as cable TV and wifi access. There are fire pits on site but they ask that you don’t bring your own wood on site.
5. Nakusp Hot Springs
Located in the beautiful Selkirk mountains, the Nakusp Hot Springs are a real treat after spending the day hiking or exploring the area. With two pools, one very hot and one warm, the water that is fed to the pools by natural mineral springs that flow so fast that the pools actually replenish every couple hours.
There is RV camping available at the hot springs, with full and partial hookups, as well as fire pits, clean flush toilets and hot showers.
6. Liard River Hot Springs
You’re going to be in for a long haul trip to reach these hot springs. Located eight hours north of Fort St. John, the Liard River hot springs are definitely worth the trip.
The alpha pool is located at the end of a scenic boardwalk and the temperature varies from one end to the other. It’s also surrounded by foliage, giving it a vibe that many resorts may try to copy, but can never truly duplicate. They’re open year round, so brave souls that want to have a true northern experience can try their hand at winter camping.
There are a couple RV parks in the area, including the Liard Hot Springs Lodge RV Park. Located across the highway from the entrance to the hot springs boardwalk, they offer full and partial hookup sites and potable water. Your fees for using the hot springs are also covered.