Radium Hot Springs
Elevation: 808 m (2651 ft)
Interesting Note: ...the first pool was only big enough for one man. In 1913 the government did some tests that showed the waters were radioactive, hence the name Radium.
Although it has a reputation for being arguably the petunia and bighorn sheep
capitol of B.C., Radium Hot Springs is most famous for which it is named, naturally
warm water springing from the earth and captured in a huge soaking pool in the
adjoining Kootenay National Park. It is believed the water is therapeutic, particularly
for arthritis sufferers. Even for completely healthy people, the water is certainly
relaxing and soothing and the view provided from the pools of the red walls of
Sinclair Canyon, named for James Sinclair, is sheer beauty. Geographical formations
are the order of the area, as witnessed by the red rock wall and the dramatic
crack which you pass through upon entering Radium.
Known nationally and internationally as a resort town, with more than 30 motels/hotels
containing nearly 1000 rooms, the village is geared to providing accommodation
for the thousands of visitors who pass through every year.
Special vendors dot its main thoroughfare and there are also several restaurants
along the highway and around the corner on the road up to the national park
and hot springs. Every conceivable taste can be satisfied by Radium's excellent
The Village of Radium Hot Springs was incorporated in 1992. It remains one
of the province's fastest growing communities. A significant part of the village's
population is its 200 plus member Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep band. Built on
part of the band's winter range, Radium and valley residents have learned to
live side-by-side with the sheep and appreciate the blue-listed species.
The village is also now synonymous with golf as it boasts two top-rated 18-hole
golf courses, with the Springs at Radium and Radium Resort. Radium is also gateway
to Golden, an hour north up the Columbia Valley, and the gateway to a wild Purcell
Mountain backcountry rife with recreational opportunities.
(Text courtesy of Valley Echo)
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