If you’re anything like us, you can only go to the sauna at rec centre so many times before it starts to get a little boring. In the spirit of shorter days, colder temps, and the increasing need to unwind – we’ve decided to share 5 of the best hot springs in BC, with a focus on accessibility from Vancouver.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort

 

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By far the easiest to get to, Harrison Hot Springs are also a world-class hot springs destination, so it’s a win-win. They’ve got 5 different hot-spring-fed mineral pools, each at a different temperature. Convenience can be pricey though – it’s a minimum $100 per person to get a day pass, so maybe wait until your next paycheck, or convince your friends to go on your birthday.

When: Open year-round
Where: 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
Cost: $55 for a 20-minute session, check out packages here

Halcyon Hot Springs

 

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The second furthest from Vancouver, Halcyon Hot Springs’ focus lies on the healing qualities of their mineral-rich pools. With reasonable day rates and a waterfront location on Upper Arrow Lake, Halcyon Hot Springs are definitely worth planning a trip around.

When: Open year-round, but go in the summer if you want to take a dip in the lake
Where: Central Kootenays, near Naskup
Cost: One dip is $17, while a day pass is $27 (for adults)

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Ainsworth Hot Springs

 

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Ainsworth Hot Springs was first discovered by the Ktunaza First Nations, who embraced the hot mineral waters (nupika wu’u) for their healing and rejuvenating powers. Now, the property is owned by Yaqan Nukiy, the Lower Kootenay Band of Creston – and the hot springs are a huge draw in the region. Situated on Kootenay Lake, this location features a regular hot spring-fed pool, with the real draw for us being the natural caves that are open to guests.

Note that the pool and cave are open by reservation only. Registered hotel guests have complimentary access to the hot springs from 8 am to 9 pm.

When: Open year-round
Where: Central Kootenays, 45 minutes east of Nelson
Cost: $13 for Adults

Naksup Hot springs 

 

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A popular destination for naturally heated hot springs, Naksup sits at the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains in the Kuskanax Valley, offering guests a variety of outdoor recreational activities in addition to some of the cleanest water in BC. Unwind surrounded by sweeping mountain vistas and beautiful foliage, and take advantage of the two natural mineral springs-fed pools for just $16.50 for the whole day.

When: Opens October 31st
Where: 8500 Hot Springs Road, Naksup
Cost: $11 per dip or $16.50 for day pass

Radium Hot Springs 

 

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Last but not least, we have Radium Hot Springs – located on the border of Kootenay National Park. With a plethora of hiking trails, outdoor activities, and tasty food to take advantage of, you might as well make a day (or two) of it, and start with its famous naturally heated hot springs.

The hot springs are open from 11:30 am to 9 pm from Monday to Friday and from 10:30 am on weekends. Note that entry is first-come-first-serve, and they do not accept reservations.

When: Open year-round
Where: 5420 Highway 93, Radium Hot Springs
Cost: $8 for single entry, $12.75 for a day pass

And that’s a wrap on some amazing hot springs in BC. We hope you check some out this fall and treat yourself to some much-needed relaxation.