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Fairmont Hot Springs

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 including; golfing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding and winter sports. The highlight however is the choice of amazing hot mineral pools where you can relax and say goodbye to the daily stresses. Opt for a scenic tour – 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. Windsurfing is popular at nearby Columbia Lake Provincial Park as are canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, swimming and other outdoor activities. If you like some quiet fishing time, cast a line for mountain whitefish, burbot, kokanee, rainbow trout, bull trout and cutthroat trout.

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Location

Fairmont Hot Springs is located near the Alberta border in the Kootenay Rockies area of British Columbia. The resort is situated on Hwy 93/95, 108 km (67 mi) north of Cranbrook, and 141 km (88 mi) south of Golden. Calgary, Alberta is 299 km (185 mi) to the east via Hwys 1 and 93.

A Step Back in Time

The recorded history of Fairmont Hot Springs begins in the early 1800s, 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 here 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 1900s, 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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Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Hot Springs & Nearby Accommodations

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Spruce Grove RV Park & Campground

Spruce Grove RV Park & Campground

Fairmont Hot Springs

Situated alongside the beautiful Columbia River, many of the 172 large sites enjoy direct river frontage. Popular with families and groups, RVs and tents welcome. Outdoor heated pool. Only 5 minutes from Canada's largest natural mineral hot springs at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Pet friendly. ... Read more
Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside

Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside

Fairmont Hot Springs

Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside is the perfect vacation destination that offers all conveniences of your own home and more. With 116 spacious villas, guests will be spoiled with gorgeous views of the mountains and golf course at their front door. Ca ... Read more
Fairmont Mountain Bungalows

Fairmont Mountain Bungalows

Fairmont Hot Springs

Nestled in the centre of the Rocky Mountains, Fairmont Bungalows offers self-contained cabins and motel units surrounded by majestic trees, grassed fields and beautiful gardens. Our unique cabins feature amenities to create a comfortable and relaxing visit. Each cabin has its own private veranda wit ... Read more
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Hot Springs

Experience Canada's largest mineral hot springs at this family-friendly BC Rockies Mountain resort. Enjoy 45 holes of golf, family ski area, spa, recreational programs, dining and 2 RV parks. Lodge guests enjoy exclusive access to guest hot springs complex. ... Read more
Deere Ridge Cabins

Deere Ridge Cabins

Invermere

Escape for a romantic getaway in the Canadian Rockies, situated outside the Kootenay National Park. With breathtaking mountain vistas in the heart of the wilderness, you’ll find it easy to relax and unwind. We are only a 2.5 hour drive from Calgary and 90 minutes from Lake Louise or Banff. We offe ... Read more
Canyon RV Resort on Sinclair Creek

Canyon RV Resort on Sinclair Creek

Radium Hot Springs

A well-known campground in a booming resort village. Located in private valley with a stream running through it. Spectacular washrooms, groomed lawns, mature trees. Close to hot springs and too much golf! A good home base for trips to Banff and Lake Louise. Reservations recommended. 7 days notice to ... Read more
Springbrook Motel & RV Park

Springbrook Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck

Nestled on the banks of the Kootenay River, Springbrook Resort is a perfect setting for any seasonal getaway, reunion or wedding. Located in the heart of the Rockies, use Springbrook Resort as your centre to explore the wilderness or relax in paradise. Our motel provides you with comfortable beds, k ... Read more
Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park

Skookumchuck

Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Skookumchuck Motel & RV Park is a fantastic location for guests travelling or wanting to unwind in nature. Near the Kootenay River, our RV lots accommodate for smaller RVs, fifth wheels and trailers. Pull-thru sites and full hookups with 30 amp electric, water an ... Read more
Kootenay National Park

Kootenay National Park

Radium Hot Springs

Enjoy modern camping in an oTENTik or plan a rustic retreat with the family. Three campgrounds on the Banff-Windermere Highway (93 south), showcase incredible views of mountain peaks, turquoise rivers and reclaimed grasslands. National Parks Pass required. Redstreak offers reservations. ... Read more
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