Water is a source of fun and relaxation for all ages at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
The mineral-rich and naturally heated waters have been praised for their restorative properties. There are frequent users of the springs who will testify that the mineral waters have healing powers, also reporting a sense of rejuvenation after each soak.
The water temperature in the hot tub is held at a soothing 39oC (102°F). Our big swimming pool has a temperature of 32°C (89°F) and our dive pool (with low and high diving boards) has a temperature of 30°C (86°F). Calcium bicarbonate, calcium sulfate, magnesium sulfate, sodium chloride, sodium sulfate, silica, potassium chloride, and dissolved radium are all minerals in the water.
Although chlorine is applied to the pools, the amounts are kept to a minimum, and with over 1.2 million gallons of fresh mineral-rich water flowing through the pools on a regular basis, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort has plenty of Mother Nature’s healing gift to give its guests.
The first written history of Fairmont dates back to the 1800s when the Ktunaxa and Shuswap bands discovered the natural calcium hot springs. These hot springs were formed over 300 million years ago when the Rockies were worn down and reformed, creating deep cracks in the earth.
Water collects high in the mountains, enters the rocks through these faults, and runs deep into the mountains, Warmed by the heat of the earth’s core, it becomes much hotter than when it entered, bubbling back to the surface, forming the hot springs.
The first homesteader in the area was Englishman George Geary. who arrived in the area in 1887. His homestead was a large tract of land that included the hot springs. The original Geary home is well preserved and visible on the south end of the Mountainside Golf Course.
Sam Brewer, a placer miner from Wisconsin, USA, was working on a gold claim on Perry Creek. His son, Hope Brewer, was born at Perry Creek, B.C. on May 30th, 1886, the first white child in the East Kootenays. The Brewer family later moved to Joseph’s Prairie, now called Cranbrook, and in 1888 they moved to Fairmont, where Sam purchased the Fairmont Hotel. property from George Geary. In 1909, they moved to the Chamberlain Ranch, northeast of Windermere. Sam Brewer’s historic home in Fairmont Hot Springs is still inhabited to this day. The resort’s Brewer’s Market is named in honor of this early pioneer.
The name Fairmont Hot Springs was given to the area by Mrs. John Galbraith, wife of a ferry operator at Galbraith’s Landing, located near Fort Steele.
In the early 1900s, visionary John Hankey purchased the Fairmont Hot Springs Ranch, re-named it the “Fairmont Hotel Springs”, and offered accommodation for $2 per day, which included the use of the hot springs. With the construction of the bathhouse, the resort became a hub of health, wellness, and hospitality.
In 1912, W. Heap Holland, a cotton manufacturer from Manchester, England, arrived in the area. Intrigued by the hot water, he purchased the property, built a swimming pool, erected a ranch barn, built bungalows, and operated it as a ranch and resort. The original wooden Holland barn is still a well-known landmark in Fairmont Hot Springs.
In 1957, two Saskatchewan brothers, Earl and Lloyd Wilder, and a group of Invermere businessmen, purchased the property. Under the leadership of the Wilder family, the resort began to grow with the addition of the pools, hotel, golf course, airport, and ski hill.
Lloyd’s daughter Carol and her husband Don bought the Riverside Golf Estates in the 1980s and incorporated them into the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. As time passed and the resort had different owners, major expansion transformed the area into an internationally recognized resort it is today.
The Fairmont Indian baths, a treasured reminder of the Columbia Valley’s past, are located on a small knoll about a minute’s walk up from the Fairmont Hot Springs parking lot. This old stone bath house sits on a plateau of tufa rock that has been colored orange, brown, green, and blue over time by spring water streams that jump out of the rocks above.
The baths are natural hot spring pools common with the valley’s early settlers. It is unknown why they were dubbed “Indian baths,” and there was no building when explorer David Thompson mentioned them in his book.
Later, a stone building was built on Fairmont Resort grounds, along a road connecting the parking lot to the resort’s trail system
The house is a stone building made up of three small rooms with no doors or glass in the windows. The walls are stuccoed and more than a foot high, and the floor and shallow bathtubs are concrete. Hot, clear, odorless spring water drips into the tubs, maintaining an average temperature of 104 to 108 degrees F.
There are many shallow tubs cut out of tufa rock on a plateau above the bathhouse. Bathers are greeted by breathtaking views of the Columbia River Valley.
This ‘spa service’ at the Fairmont Indian Baths is free of charge. It is Viewable to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s a truly unique experience. please respect the resorts wishes and stay on the outside of the building they are attituding to save them
There’s a Hidden hot waterfall at Fairmont Hot Spring. This beautiful anomaly is hiding in plain sight, directly under the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
the hot water cascades from the cliffs above and enters several shallow pools. These springs aren’t particularly deep, but the water is hot enough
to get to these:
there is a path down towards the RV park outside of the commercial springs. A creek runs down the mountainside, separating the resort from the camping area. Just beside the creek, a gravel trail leads you toward the hot pool run-off areas.
SO much extra stuff to do
The resort has a diversity of lodging options, including the Main Lodge, Juniper Lodge, cottages, and cabins, such as the Mountain View Cabins.
“The lodge rooms are built around the hot springs pool and have breathtaking views of the Columbia Valley below, nestled against the Rocky Mountains. Cottage and cabin rooms surround the resort on the south and north sides, offering a more engrossing natural experience. The Lodge RV Park is located across the river to the south. which is a short walk from the resort and allows RV park guests to enjoy the resort’s pools, restaurants, and other amenities,” Sharma explains.
The Lodge and Spruce Grove RV parks have 480 open sites with varying amenity offerings by site type to accommodate a wide range of visitors. Although the Lodge RV Park is on the resort property, the Spruce Grove RV Park is on the banks of the river, only a short walk or drive from the resort.
The resort grounds have three golf courses totaling 45 holes. They have been designed so that golfers of all levels of experience and ability will enjoy a round from spring to fall. The FHSR Golf Learning Center offers private or community coaching from a CPGA pro, as well as access to FHSR’s Trackman system, which provides instant high-quality data on every aspect of one’s swing and impact results.
The ski hill has 12 trails of varying difficulties, terrain and tube parks, and a lift capacity of 1,800 skiers per hour. It helps visitors to escape the crowds and costs of the region’s larger ski hills and is ideal for families with small children and multigenerational families.
We found the waterfall!⠀
Sometimes you feel like you need to get away, and forget how pretty and beautiful your own country is. 🇨🇦 ⠀
Soaking it up at the hot springs!! ⛰ ☀️🍃
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Escape to the paradise and experience the ultimate relaxation at our luxurious resort! Nestled in a perfect setting, our resort offers unparalleled amenities and services that will take your breath away. Whatever your heart desires, our resort is the ultimate oasis that will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, and longing to come back for more.
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You deserve a getaway and I want to give it to you!! 💛 Win a weekend getaway for two Nov. 19-21 at FairmontHotSpringsResort B.C.’s Wine in the Alpine! 🍷🏔
This must-attend, intimate event featuring wine, food and live music, set in the B.C. Rocky Mountains, returns for its 20th year this month. 🥳
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🏔 2-night stay in a pool-view Queen room at #FairmontHotSpringsResort B.C. Nov 19-21
🍷 Access to #WineintheAlpine including wine seminars, Friday meet & greet, and a 5-course wine tasting dinner on Saturday
💦 Complimentary access to Canada’s largest natural hot springs, guest-exclusive hot pool and resort amenities
*Winner is responsible for any costs incurred beyond stated prize (including additional food & beverage, activities, and getting to / from the resort—it’s about a six hour drive 🚗 from Edmonton).
I was invited to attend but timing didn’t work out 🥺 but I was THRILLED they let me gift an experience to one of you! 🥰
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Thanks fairmonthotspringsresort for gifting me this prize to give away!
It was fresh and beautiful good morning in the mountains 🙌🏻🏞
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Tom had a mission to combine natural elements and practical art when he created his first crystal infused charcuterie board. His pieces not only look beautiful but they also help balance the energy in a space.
All materials are sourced from local suppliers and each board is made from certified food grade non toxic materials that are safe to use with food.
Every piece from the Tom Riley Art Studio tom.riley_art is unique and is an authentic display of usable art.
Join us at the Invermere Artisans Market on April 7 & 8 from 11am to 4pm at the Columbia Valley Centre!
Pretty much the best beachside campsite ever!
We just spent four nights at the Spruce Grove Campground in Fairmont, BC (affiliated with the nearby Fairmont Hot Springs Resort) and my son spent hours upon hours playing on this beach (often the only child on his private beach.)
We love camping beside the Columbia River at Spruce Grove and always choose a riverside site so that we have easy access to the sandy beach.
Know before you book a site:
🏕 The campground can be booked from the fairmonthotspringsresort website and online bookings can be made a year in advance. There is a zero cancelation policy though so you need to commit to your campsite when you book!
🏕 The campground is open from the May long weekend through the September long weekend.
🏕 The beach is seasonal when the river is low (May to mid June, and then late summer.) When the river is high, there is no sand.
🏕 You have to camp beside the river to access the beach. Otherwise you’d better bring some serious treats and thank you gifts (a 6-pack of beer might work) because there is no official beach access and the folks camped beside the beach get real cranky when hundreds of people try to walk through their campsite all day long!!
🏕 There is a public campers’ pathway that connects to the beach from the back of the campground if you don’t score a beachside site. (Near sites 277-280.) This is a great area for tenters wanting private sites.
🏕 The campground has sites for trailers (water and power) + unserviced sites for tents. There are also 12 full hookup sites.
🏕 Campers get access to the Fairmont Hot Springs pools at a discounted rate and can also use the pools when they are closed to the general public.
Visit the Fairmont Hot Springs website to book sites for next year and to look at a map of the campground.
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