Hot Springs overnite: Radium vs Fairmont

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Steve G., Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    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??

    Cheers, Steve
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  2. OceanMtnSea

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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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  3. slabm7

    slabm7 Been here awhile

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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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  5. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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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.:lol3

    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.:wink:
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  6. OurBC

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    We really enjoyed camping right in the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

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    Great Mountain View at Fairmont

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    Fairly Large Pool at Fairmont

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    Radium Hot Springs
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  7. Steve G.

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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...,,,,


    Steve
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  8. jackd

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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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  9. ZZR_Ron

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    I used to like Radium when I lived in the Kootenays, but it was a long time ago. Never been to Fairmont, so I guess you'll have to do a ride report!!
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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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    For the more adventurous....the wild ones are good. Not sure about camping at Halfway for some, lots of bears but I did camp there quite a few times. I like Halcyon, nice accomodations and good fare, quieter than the ones on the other side.

    Some up there also, 4 Kms up the road and I do mean up.

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    Bears are out:

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    Nice little Hotel/detour that way, quiet at this time of the year, did not see any red/white plates.:wink:

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    Road is very good, much better than the paved part, that's full of sand/gravel.

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    Wildlife count yesterday, very high! Cop count....2! Hot Springs count, within range....4 ! ADVRiders count....0 but I did see a couple cruisers!:wink:
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  12. GISdood

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    If a 'relaxing soak' is what you had in mind, I'd lean towards Radium. At Fairmont, the hot and REALLY hot pools are side by side (you don't often have kids in the really hot section). At radium, the two different temperature pools are separated by a wing of the building itself. There are typically far fewer screaming & splashing kids on the hotter side.

    Found this aerial shot on one of the BC tourism pages... shows the layout pretty well. Cooler pool in the foreground, hotter one in the background:
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