Are you looking for a beautiful, scenic, secluded, getaway? Somewhere to unwind and totally relax? Look no further, this is the place. Gordon brought me here for my birthday and I have to say that it was an absolutely perfect relaxing way to ease into the fact that I’m another year older.
The hotsprings are traditional sacred healing waters and owned by Yaqan Nukiy, the Lower Kootenay Band of Creston, BC. There’s a lot to do in the surrounding area and if you’re a nature lover and enjoy the outdoors then you surely won’t be disappointed!
We stayed at the Ainsworth Hotspring Resort located right at the hotspring and we had gorgeous views of the mountains and Kootenay Lake. We could walk from our room, go down the hall, and step right into the hotsprings. Access to the hotsprings is included in the room rate and you can come and go from the pools as much as you like. One really great perk about staying here is that hotel guests can enjoy 2 solid hours of the hotsprings before they open to the public…this is absolutely worth it!
And the food in the restaurant is very delicious!
The caves are the hottest part of the hotsprings and where the source is located. They are beautiful and it’s like a steam sauna inside. Totally relaxing!
We did a little bit of visiting in the surrounding area. We enjoyed a stroll through downtown Nelson. It’s a very nice historic mountain city that has a storybook setting.
We also spent a bit of time in the little village of Kaslo. It’s very cute and it’s right on the shores of the beautiful Kootenay Lake.
In between Ainsworth and Kaslo are Fletcher Falls and they are definitely worth a look. It’s a short walk to a beautiful 50 foot waterfall and this is the perfect time of year to see it, when the river is roaring from the snow melt.
Another nice walk in the area is the river walk around Kaslo. It’s a good walk along the Kaslo River and takes you through a nice cedar forest.
Many of the upper trails this time of year are still closed due to the snow remaining at higher elevations. Some of the hikes we wanted to do in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park were closed. This means a return trip is in order!
It was a wonderful birthday and I’m already missing my hotspring time so I definitely look forward to a return trip at some point!
Where we stayed: Ainsworth Hotspring Resort 👍
Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel