Posted by: cherylyoung | February 6, 2013

Located on the warm side of the Rockies lies Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs is located in BC, Canada with

many types of accommodations available, including

motels, hotels, resorts, bed & breakfasts, cabins,

condos, and RV campgrounds.

Located on the “warm side of the Canadian Rockies”,

Radium Hot Springs is British Columbia’s best

mountain getaway village with unlimited outdoor

activities, great dining, golfing, skiing, natural hot

spring pools, and the most beautiful alpine scenery

you can imagine.

A short 3-hour drive from Calgary, Alberta, at the

south entrance of Kootenay National Park, this

mountain village has something to please

everyone’s tastes.

After a leisurely drive through the awe-inspiring

Kootenay National Park on the Banff-Windermere

Highway, you will encounter the World Famous

Radium Hot Springs Mineral Pools.

These odourless pools are surrounded by natural

rock walls, and are guaranteed to soak away your

worries and your woes.

Continuing along Highway 93, you will drive between

the sheer cliff walls of Sinclair Canyon, entering into

the magnificent Windermere Valley.

The Village of Radium Hot Springs is located on the

Columbia River, between the Rocky Mountain and

the Purcell Mountain Ranges.

This small, visitor-friendly community is busy with

activities, special events and attractions.

Whether it be our championship golf courses,

whitewater rafting, hiking, go-carting, fishing,

trail riding, mini-golf, shopping or just relaxing in one

of our many fine restaurants, you will find all you need

to enjoy a fabulous holiday.

If golf is your pleasure, we have 15 courses in

the area.

Your drive to the courses will range from 3 minutes

to 45 minutes.

Radium Hot Springs is only a short drive from

Panorama, Fairmont and Kicking Horse Ski Resorts.

Several very popular cross-country skiing trails

are featured in the Valley.

Our mountains boast some of the finest snowmobiling

in the Rockies, with miles of groomed trails and many

picturesque backcountry areas are available for

the enthusiast.

Big horn sheep, both mule and whitetail deer, bear

and elk are seen throughout the Columbia Valley

and the National Parks.

The mighty Columbia River flows past the edge of

our Village and is bordered by the largest, continuous

wetlands in North America.

In May of each year there is a bird festival,

“Wings Over The Rockies”, which attracts bird

watchers from around the World.

Kootenay National Park blankets almost 350,000

acres (140,600 hectares), where visitors experience

a land of startling contrasts, towering summits,

hanging glaciers, narrow chasms, and colourful-

splashed mineral pools.

From glacier-clad peaks in the north to dry,

cactus-bearing slopes in the south, Kootenay offers

a variety of landscapes and more of an

off-the-beaten-track experience.

Its lands were ceded to the federal government from

British Columbia in 1919.

In return, the federal government built the Banff-

Windermere Road (Hwy 93) – the first motor road

through the Canadian Rockies.

After severe construction difficulties, the road was

completed in 1922.

The road was rebuilt and repaved in 1952, and

remains a favoured route for visitors today.

Situated on the west side of the Continental Divide,

Kootenay National Park extends across the valleys of

the Vermilion and Kootenay Rivers, touches on the

Rocky Mountain Trench at Radium Hot Springs,

and straddles the Main and Western Ranges of the

Rockies.

Some of these peaks rise to 11,000 feet (3,355 m).

The 110°F (43°C) waters at Radium Hot Springs come

out of the Redstreak breccia fault line, a unique area

of red cliffs and shattered rocks.

Like most other hot springs, these are well worth

relaxing in.

You can also find mineral hot springs bubbling out

of the canyon of Sinclair Creek.

Along the parkway, see the depths of the limestone

gorge of Marble Canyon and the bright ochre pool

Paint Pots once used by the Kootenay People to

decorate their teepees.

The park features three major campgrounds:

the biggest one, Redstreak Campground, can only be

approached from the south side of Radium Hot

Springs, 2 miles (3 km) southeast of the park’s western

entrance at the junction of Hwy 93/95. Open May 5 –

October 6, there’s a total of 242 sites; 50 fully serviced

sites, 38 sites with power only, and 154 unserviced

sites, some of which are walk-in.

Campground services include flush toilets, piped hot

and cold water, showers, kitchen shelters, fire rings

and firewood, smoke-free areas, playgrounds, theatre,

interpretive activities, walking trails, recycling bins,

food storage, sani-dump station, wheelchair-accessible

campsites, public telephone.

A 30-minute walking trail links the campground with

Radium Hot Springs.

McLeod Meadows Campground (98 vehicle/tent sites)

occupies a quiet, wooded area on the banks of the

Kootenay River.

The wildlife is plentiful, and in early summer, it’s a

special treat to see the orchids bloom in the nearby

meadows once the snow has melted.

Open May 19 – September 5, this campground is

located 16 miles (26 km) north of Radium Hot

Springs

on Hwy 93.

A dense subalpine forest is the setting for Marble

Canyon Campground (61 vehicle/tent sites), open

June 23 – September 5. It’s 27 miles (43 km) north of

McLeod, 9 miles (14.5 km) west of the park’s eastern

entrance.

Crook’s Meadow Group Campground is open from

May until October and is located 21 miles (34 km)

north of Radium Hot Springs on the site of one of the

oldest homesteads in Kootenay National Park.

Group tenting for 30 tents and parking for some

support vehicles is available.

Effective immediately, all users of the Crook’s Meadow

Group Campground are required to boil their

drinking water.

If you can’t get into Kootenay National Park, you

might try Dry Gulch Provincial Park

(25 vehicle/tent sites), just 5 miles (8 km) south of

Radium Hot Springs on Hwy 93.

Dry Gulch Provincial Park is frequently used as an

overflow campground for the popular national park

nearby.

Two major forest fires swept through the park last

century, destroying more than 21,000 acres

(8,505 hectares) and affecting the plant community.

Glacial erosion has left fascinating patterns

everywhere – cirques, moraines, hanging valleys,

and more.

Especially notable are deep cuts into the limestone at

Rockwall and Marble Canyons.

If you want the hottest and driest environment in the

area, head south into the Columbia and Lower

Kootenay Valleys and explore the forests.

In the northern area around the Upper Kootenay and

Vermilion Valleys, the summers are moderate and the

winters severe.

You’ll find the alpine zone above 6,561 feet (2,001 m)

with its own beautiful flora.

Some wetland communities have developed around

ponds, beaver dams, and small lakes.

Wildlife is much in evidence. A band of Rocky

Mountain bighorn sheep have their summer range

near Radium Hot Springs, and mountain goats can

be spotted in the Mount Wardle area.

Two words of warning about elk and bears: the elk

population has grown, and in winter they migrate

down the valley and congregate along the highway,

so please drive carefully.

Ask for information on bears from an information

officer or a warden.

Black bears are present throughout the park, and

grizzlies frequent the avalanche slopes in the spring,

digging for tender lily bulbs.

Finally, the Animal Lick beside Hwy 93 in Kootenay

National Park is a natural salt lick, a big drawing card

for ungulates.

Most of the park’s waters are glacier-fed and are too

cold to provide sufficient nutrients for fish growth.

However, some of the lakes have been stocked, and

you might try for whitefish and native dolly varden,

or for stocked trout in the rivers.

On your rambles, you might justifiably feel a part of

history.

Archaeological evidence shows that the mountain

passes and river valleys have been major Native

trading routes for thousands of years, and pictographs

near the hot springs suggest its role as a gathering place.

Hudson’s Bay Company traders also travelled through

here.

The most overwhelming viewpoints in the East

Kootenays are dotted along Hwy 93 between Radium

Hot Springs and the British Columbia-Alberta border

in Kootenay National Park.

In fact, this entire stretch of highway is one big

viewpoint.

Standouts include the Kootenay Valley Viewpoint,

about 9 miles (15 km) east of Radium Hot Springs on

Hwy 93, the Hector Gorge Viewpoint, 29 miles (46 km)

east of Radium on Hwy 93, and the main event, the

Continental Divide, about 60 miles (95 km) east of

Radium Hot Springs at the British Columbia-Alberta

border.

Simply put, with scenery like this, it should be illegal

not to stop in the Columbia Valley north of Invermere.

Kootenay National Park is open year-round.

The western entrance to the park is located in British

Columbia at the junction of Highways 93 and 95 in the

town of Radium Hot Springs.

Radium Hot Springs is located 64.5 miles (104 km)

south of Golden and 88.5 miles (143 km) north of

Cranbrook.

The park’s eastern entrance is located at Vermilion

Pass in Alberta.

Two seasonal information centres operate in Kootenay

National Park.

From May 19 to October 4, the Kootenay National

Park Visitor Centre, located in the Village of Radium

Hot Springs, provides park information, maps,

brochures, passes, permits, and backcountry

reservations: (250) 347-9505.

Kootenay Park Lodge, located at Vermilion Crossing

in the north end of the park on Highway #93, offers

most Parks Canada information services and

interpretive exhibits.

The Parks Canada administration office in Radium

Hot Springs is open year-round, except holidays,

from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. till noon and

12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Telephone (250) 347.9615.

This blog is bought to you courtesy of

CHERY YOUNG, REALTOR, VICTORIA B.C

Saanich Peninsula Realty

www.cherylyoung.ca

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