Fairmont Hot Springs is located in the Columbia Valley between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains. The Columbia River is an outdoor lover's dream with spectacular views, an abundance of year-round sports and activities and a choice of amazing hot mineral pools. A holiday here will whet your appetite to return time and again.
Fairmont Hot Springs is located near the Alberta border in the Kootenay Rockies area of British Columbia. The resort is situated on Highway 93/95, 108 km (67 mi) north of Cranbrook, and 141 km (88 mi) south of Golden. Visitors traveling via Calgary, AB (299 km [185 mi}) to the east will drive through Banff National Park (174km [108 mi]) from Fairmont Hot Springs via Highway 93. There is also a 6,000 ft airstrip. Airport details here.
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Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is a world class, four season resort located on the eastern side of the valley, just north of the limestone hoodoos at the end of Columbia Lake. The resort itself has an endless array of activities from the youngest to the oldest in your family: mineral hot springs pools, luxury spa, lots of activities for kids of all ages, horseback riding, miles of hiking trails, kayak tours, mountain biking, winter sports and so much more. Nearby is excellent fishing, beaches and swimming, wildlife viewing, ATV tours and sightseeing flights.
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Fairmont Hot Springs features three championship golf courses: Riverside Golf Resort, Mountainside Golf Course, and Creekside Golf Course.
The beautiful, award-winning Riverside Golf Course allows you to challenge the mighty Columbia River, which you cross twice on the signature No. 5 hole. Mountainside Golf Course is an unparalleled golfing experience. With a backdrop of the majestic Canadian Rockies that challenges you to focus on the ball instead of the view, Mountainside's 18 fairways wind through mature pine and spruce trees and provide a fantastic view of the Columbia Valley. Creekside Golf Course offers 9 holes of Par 3 challenge, featuring ponds, cascading creeks, and unique fairways. Creekside is perfect for all levels and is great for working on those mid-irons and around the green.
Excellent downhill and Nordic skiing, as well as snowboarding, can be found on the Fairmont ski hills near the Hot Springs Resort. Fourteen runs and three chair lifts offer skiing for all levels, plus a winter tube park adds hours of fun.
Several scenic tour options are offered from Fairmont's airport. See the mountains and glaciers in their natural, pristine beauty as you fly over the Bugaboos and Purcell Mountains and follow the stunning scenic Columbia River valley.
Take a 3-hour guided tour, or do your own kayak tour, from Fairmont Hot Springs to Windermere Lake and see the amazing birds and sea life in the Columbia Wetlands.
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Windsurfing is popular at nearby Columbia Lake Provincial Park. Canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, swimming and other outdoor activities are also a favourite here. And you can marvel at the wildlife found in the wetlands located within this park. If you like some quiet fishing time, cast a line for mountain whitefish, burbot, kokanee, rainbow trout, bull trout and cutthroat trout.
Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park is home to two clear mountain lakes - Whiteswan Lake and Alces Lake. The stunning views of the Rockies are worth coming here alone, but there is an abundance of wildlife, and fishing, particularly for rainbow trout, is popular year-round. Lussier Hot Springs, located near the park entrance, will also attract you for a relaxing soak.
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The recorded history of Fairmont Hot Springs begins in the early 1800's, when explorers discovered the 'land of smoking waters', where the warm springs were soothing, and where there was a lack of sulphur and its distinctive smell (common to many hot springs).
The first homesteader in the Fairmont Hot Springs area was George Geary, an Englishman, who came to the area in 1887 and homesteaded a vast tract of land that included the hot springs. In 1888 he turned his holdings over to Sam Brewer, an American, who operated a stopping place for stagecoaches running through the valley. Both Geary's home and Brewer's home are still standing with the latter still being lived in.
In the early 1900's, W. Heap Holland, a manufacturer from Manchester, England, came to the area. Intrigued by the flowing hot waters, he purchased the property from Sam Brewer and operated it as a ranch and resort. In 1957, brothers Earl and Lloyd Wilder, moved from Saskatchewan, and purchased the Fairmont Hot Springs property with a group of investors and in 1965, Lloyd purchased Earl's share to become the sole owner.
The transformation of this world-renowned resort took over 40 years to develop, and has been achieved with the loyalty and dedication of a very committed group of employees.
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