Hidden away in the heart of the Kootenays, this natural hot springs is the perfect spot if you’re looking for something off the beaten track. Water temperatures range from 42°C to 65°C. Several streams bubble from the gravel for roughly 250m along the river.
The water has a bit of a sulphur smell, and there’s very little alge in these springs. The main spring bubbles from the ground at the base of a large rock. The water is then piped to the main pool. From there, the water leads downstream to a few more vents, with a scorching one just before the river, where there are three pools.
This set of popular backcountry springs, located on the east side of Upper Arrow Lake, are named after the Halfway River. But what are they the “halfway” between?
Some claim it to be halfway between Revelstoke and Nakusp, but this is not the case. They are located 37 kilometers north of Nakusp and 91 kilometers south of Revelstoke. They’re much more Likely halfway between Nakusp and Galena Bay; they are both 43 kilometers away.
In any case, it wasn’t until 1950 that the river’s name was officially recognized. The river is depicted without a name on Perry’s Mining Map of 1893 and the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Kootenay District Map of 1897. Half-way Creek was first mentioned in a legal ad in the Revelstoke Kootenay Mail on May 8, 1897.
The earliest mention of Halfway Hot Springs is from 1943 in a book called “Interim Report of the Post-War Rehabilitation Council”.
Robert Moody is the site’s operator.
A site host has been employed to oversee the Halfway River Hotsprings Recreation Site due to alleged site abuse
These fees will be collected under an agreement on behalf of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. They will be used to mitigate site abuse and offset the cost of providing this service. fees of $15.00/night ($7.50/night for seniors) will be collected.
There are two primary ponds to soak in a forested environment right on the Halfway River. There is a shelter for changing and six outhouses on site. There are 20 vehicle-accessible campsites and ten more scattered tent camping areas. In the season, keep an eye out for poison ivy. It has engulfed the surrounding area. PACK OUT WHAT YOU PACK IN; THERE ARE NO GARBAGE FACILITIES ON SITE.
The drive to the hot springs takes some effort. Couple that with the hike down endless stairs, and you’ll feel like you’ve acquired it.
Drive approximately 26 kilometers north from Nakusp to the Halfway River. There is an FSR to the right just before the bridge that spans the halfway river.
Turn right onto this road and travel approximately 11.5kms to the main FSR parking.
Drive approximately 22 kilometers south from Galena Bay. Halcyon hot springs will be on your left as you drive.
Keep an eye out for the halfway river as you continue driving. Moving across the bridge at Halfway River, slow down and take the first left on the FSR after the bridge.
Drive approximately 11.5 kilometers to the main FSR parking area. At 11.5 kilometers, you will come to a fork in the road that is clearly marked. The left path leads down into the recently built camping area, where there is also some day-use parking. The right will lead you to the upper parking lot, which is ideal for daily use and access to the major pools.
Once you get to the bottom, there’s a small change house where you can pop on your bathing suit and store your bag. Although these hot springs are natural, there is a small rec site camping area just foregoing the springs, so you likely won’t be alone. if you’re visiting between June and September
If you made it to Halfway Hot Springs and are looking for more, you could get even more adventurous and go for the upper springs. If you can find them, you’ll enjoy immersing in natural waters on the mountainside, with stunning views under the forest cover. It’s fairly treacherous to get there, and you can get disorientated and off the path. It’s one of only a few natural hot springs left that isn’t populated.
On a cloudy fall day, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. Recently I spent a weekend escaping the city in Revelstoke. The last thing I did before getting in my car to drive home was soak in this beautiful hot spring. It was soooo hard to leave. I’ve been thinking about the small town life lately. In so many ways it’s pulling me in.
Traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc, Sinixt, and Okanagan First Nations.
Thanks for hosting me seerevelstoke and wild.pr 😃
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Years of living overseas, I forgot just how incredibly beautiful and majestic this country is. 🇨🇦 8 months ago we were snowboarding in fresh powder in Whistler. 🏂 From there, we skated and tobogganed, toured the wine country 🍷, surfed the Shuswaps 🏄♀️, floated down the river, hiked mountains, camped in nature, took Harlyn horseback riding in the countryside 🐴, explored and adored the breathtaking waterfalls around each corner, unwinding in the hidden natural hot springs! 😍✨I don't think I could be more proud to be Canadian. I may not technically speaking live here, but it will undoubtedly always be home.
Where is your favourite place in Canada? 🇨🇦 Or anywhere really? I have a #BucketList of places I need to go and things I need to see so any recommendations are welcome. 😘...
My kind of paradise..... ✨ Mountains, wilderness, and these magnificent natural hot springs all to ourselves! 🤩Literally a hidden gem in the middle of the forest. It was a morning that will stand out in both Coynie and my memories for a very long time. Just this hot stud, myself and our private natural hot springs!! Instantly disconnected from the world and your thoughts, only to enjoy that moment, relaxed and content watching the clouds move between the treetops and mountains. 🙌🏼
For those asking what Natural Hot Springs are, they are all natural springs that form when "the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater rises from the Earth's crust." 🔥 🌎 😂 Some of the water is, believe it or not, too hot to sit in, while the closer you get to the river, the cooler it gets! We had about 4 pools to ourselves to jump from with varying temperatures!...
This set of popular backcountry springs, located on the east side of Upper Arrow Lake are named after the Halfway River. But what are they the "Halfway" between?
Both the newly published books and halfwayhotsprings(dot)com claim it to be halfway between Revelstoke and Nakusp, but this is not the case. They are located 37 kilometres north of Nakusp and 91 kilometres south of Revelstoke. They're much more Likely halfway between Nakusp and Galena Bay; they are both 43 kilometres away.
In any case, it wasn't until 1950 that the river's name was officially recognized. The river is depicted without a name on Perry's Mining Map of 1893 and the CPR's Kootenay District Map of 1897. Half-way Creek was first mentioned in a legal ad in the Revelstoke Kootenay Mail on May 8, 1897.
The earliest mention of Halfway Hot Springs is from 1943 in a book called "Interim Report of the Post-War Rehabilitation Council".
Revelstoke offers some absolutely stunning Hot Springs to bask in! 😍
Including Halfway Hot Springs - This is a must do to melt those achy adventuring muscles away!
Photo Credit: hotspringsofbc
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#Sigh! The perfect start to Day 3 of our #CrossCanada #RoadTrip! Awaking at #HalfwayHotSprings #BCPark in the #Kootenays to have a good hour of #MeTime in these #NaturalHotSprings all to myself. So as to not spoil the #natural beauty of the setting, I myself kept to the theme, and yes, was caught in the act! Luckily no bars for this #bare, just a gruelling stair master to get back to the car.
[Tirzah and I snuck away for a few hours and went up to halfway hot springs kid free ✨
Yes I know it's Mother's Day, but I love having some time to myself to relax and this was perfect ❤ Us mama's know that barely gets to happen! And now my hubby and the boys are cooking us a beautiful dinner with one of our home raised chickens 💫]
Set up our tent last night in an old cut block. Shortly after that a lightning storm came through. We watched the flashes through the tent and fell asleep, only to wake up in a pool of water at midnight. I abandoned the tent for the pick-up and David tried to sleep in a dry corner in the tent. After that terrible sleep and packing up our soaking wet gear we hiked down early to halfway hot springs. #tentlife #halfwayhotsprings #canadaparadise #bcroadtrip #onwardtoktown #butfirstbreakfast #wanderingbc #beautifulbritishcolumbia #cabinlife #explorecanada...
Well after hearing mixed reports of the conditions on the road, we decided to try getting our trucks into Halfway Hotsprings. Turns out pretty much any vehicle could make it into halfway right now. The road is rock solid. Didn't get stuck until we got to the parking lot and tried to get stuck. thisisbugye #bc4x4 #halfwayhotsprings #offroadsilverado #coloradozr2 #snowwheeling #chevyoffroad #iceroad...
The healing powers of hot springs have been used for thousands of years and have been widely accepted in Europe and Japan as natural treatment options for various common ailments. Hot springs are reputed to have a number of therapeutic benefits, with many scientists from around the world studying balneology or the “treatment of disease by bathing.” We have outlined some of the top benefits of dipping into a hot spring.
Boost Blood Circulation
The water found in natural hot springs contains a variety of different minerals, including calcium and sodium bicarbonate. Our bodies soak up these minerals when we are in a hot spring, which increases circulation and overall oxygen flow.
Reduce Stress and Promote Sleep
The mineral water in hot springs can also help reduce stress by relaxing tense muscles. Meanwhile as your body temperature rises in the bath, and then cools once you exit can also help you relax and fall into a deeper sleep.
An Israeli study published in the journal Rheumatology International found that hot mineral baths may aid in pain relief and fatigue caused by widespread pain. This is because the heat, although sometimes intense, can dull our perception of pain by blocking the pain receptors in our bodies. Also being buoyant in the water often allows for freer movement as the water supports the body’s joints.
Heal Skin Problems
The high silica content found in hot springs can smooth and soften dry and rough skin. Meanwhile the sulphur contained in the water can also hold medicinal properties that may relieve conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
It is important to check with your doctor or medical professional before bathing in a hot spring to ensure that the practice is safe for you....
Another hotspring🔥💦 We’ve been to 70+ hotsprings throughout several countries, over the course of our marriage, including the one where we got engaged...and they never get old. .
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