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Old 04-22-2012, 05:10 AM   #1
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Hot Springs overnite: Radium vs Fairmont

I will be doing a ride this summer which basically does a circle of all the hot springs in the Kootenays. I've never been to the two places above. I'll be overniting at one of the two locations, and would appreciate feedback from those who have been there as to what would be,,,,best. A bit confusing really, it seems the actual hot springs ar Radium are out of town, not sure whether to stay at accomodation onsite, or in town. Same at Fairmont, not really sure where the mineral pools are in relation to the community, if there is a town at the site.
I'm guessing the 1st week in July, both places will be busy??

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Old 04-22-2012, 06:21 AM   #2
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In Radium the hot springs are up the road (Hwy 93) just past the park entrance. You do not need to buy a park pass to go to the hot springs and I have walked up from the town site many times. There are some hotels on the road just outside the park entrance that are pretty good but busy in the tourist season. There is also accommodation just across the road from the hot springs, but be prepared with a thick wallet.

You can also camp at Dry Gultch Provincial Park ......there is a trail from the camping area that goes directly to the hot springs and misses all the road traffic on #93.

I have been to Fairmont once in the winter time and the springs were nice too, but I can't remember much else. But if it was me I would camp or hotel in Radium and go to both places and take in the water...............I always liked evening after the sun was down abit and it was not as hot and glaring.

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Old 04-22-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
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If you want to stay and hot pool in the same place then fairmont is the better place. You can camp a stone's throw from the water. But if you want a townsite to take in a pub or go for a stroll then Radium is better although the actual pools is a couple miles out of town. Also at Fairmont their is a grocery store and gas station just at the highway. I prefer Fairmont just for the stay right at the pools option.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:29 AM   #4
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Did this a few years ago in my truck. We called it the Prune Tour.

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Old 04-22-2012, 10:04 AM   #5
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Them books....sent a lot of people down them HotSprings path over the years and quite a few got lost on our back roads here. Embarassing also when you are lying naked in the more secluded ones with your clothes well away from you and a whole family shows up just as you are somewhat ready to get out..... before turning into a prune.

You can dip for free in Fairmont on the native side. Good when you are just passing by but the bathhouse is somewhat crude.But however when the parking lot of the resort is full of tour buses,native bathhouse is usually pretty quiet.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:04 PM   #6
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Them books....sent a lot of people down them HotSprings path over the years and quite a few got lost on our back roads here. Embarassing also when you are lying naked in the more secluded ones with your clothes well away from you and a whole family shows up just as you are somewhat ready to get out..... before turning into a prune.

You can dip for free in Fairmont on the native side. Good when you are just passing by but the bathhouse is somewhat crude.But however when the parking lot of the resort is full of tour buses,native bathhouse is usually pretty quiet.
We really enjoyed camping right in the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.


Great Mountain View at Fairmont


Fairly Large Pool at Fairmont


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Old 04-22-2012, 10:33 PM   #7
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I won't be camping on this ride,,,,hotels this time. And yes, a nice sitdown pub dinner would be a nice thing...,,,,


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Old 04-23-2012, 05:55 AM   #8
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We stayed at the Fairmont Resort - right in the main hotel. It was mid-summer and they had very good deals on rooms. With the resort rooms you get access to a very different pool setting than the above free for all in the above pics. You get to use an exclusive pool right next to the hotel. The restaurant was good, though the service was very slow. I'd go back and do it again in a flash.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:47 AM   #9
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I won't be camping on this ride,,,,hotels this time. And yes, a nice sitdown pub dinner would be a nice thing...,,,,


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Radium might be a better choice, lots of different options of accommodation, entertainment and menus to look at.
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