Hot Spring Ettiquette Tips 

 

Imagine yourself in a calm, sulfuric pool, heated halfway to boiling by subsurface magma, whose gases slowly and steadily rise to the earth’s surface in mostly non-lethal doses.

Wipe the steam from your spectacles, and you might just find another person in that pool with you. It would be odd to share a bath with someone with whom you have no blood or tie in a less igneous location. In fact, it’s probably stranger in that colossal crockpot powered by the life-force of the earth, where you’re stewing hundreds of kilometres from social standards.

What if they don’t have any clothing on? What would you say if they invited their friend? Do you compliment them on their appearance, or are there some things better left unsaid? No, modern civilisation teaches us good social behaviour with schoolyard harassment and ice cream cones, not hot spring etiquette.

Which leads us to the main issue: ice cream cones are not permitted in hot springs. That would be strange. That’s why, when it comes to those steamy, sweet soaks in the wilderness, you need to know what’s right and what’s wrong. Well, we have the answer to your problem right here, and the payoff is clear: a fun and rejuvenating time with new people in the great outdoors.

 

A Proverb for the Wise When considering how to act, keep in mind where you are. There are hot springs all around British Columbia.  The space should be respected. People visit hot springs mostly to relax, and they do so in their own unique way. Some people like isolation, while others prefer to connect with their friends—to each their own. People are drawn to hot springs for the ability to unwind, however. Be respectful of the opportunity for quiet relaxation.

Where it occurs, be accepting, open, and respectful of nudity. Clothing is often optional at backcountry hot springs, but not at easily accessible springs, depending on the location and time of year. Use your best judgement when in doubt. Soaking in the buff can be a freeing and uplifting experience when done in the appropriate environment. When soaking nude, be open and accepting of others. When visiting a clothing-optional hot spring, be courteous of other people’s bodies by not staring or engaging in other actions that objectify their bodies.

Baths are not the same as hot springs! Showering before entering the pools is recommended if possible. The level of access will decide whether or not this is possible, but cross-contamination is a serious danger that can pose difficulties for both you and the springs’ long-term health. Hot springs are commonly contaminated with pathogens and bacteria, however adequate cleanliness can lessen this danger.

Recognize your limitations. Hot springs have a reputation for causing fainting spells. Heat stroke is easily induced in hotter pools, which can exceed 110 degrees. Maintain hydration and pay attention to your body. A pounding heart or a headache are signs that your body has had enough and needs to rest. Exiting pools should also be done with prudence. Overactivity can easily cause a fainting condition.

Glass should never be brought near the hot springs. It becomes a significant hazard that is difficult to remove once it breaks. Be mindful of high-traffic hours and make necessary adjustments. Visiting popular hot springs at less congested periods helps to regulate the impact, and avoiding the throng will substantially improve your experience.

The landowner should be respected and permission asked. You are a guest if the hot springs are on private property. Disrespect can easily result in public access being revoked.

Remove any traces of your presence Even when examining natural regions that have been constructed specifically for human use, the principles of Leave No Trace must be considered, especially given the rising activity surrounding these sensitive areas. Even though they are developed areas, they are still sensitive areas where Leave No Trace rules must be followed. In fact, this is doubly true: the BC Parks Service and other managing organisations lack the funding to adequately care for many of these sites, and some will close if they are not maintained.

It is our responsibility to make sure access endures so that we are all able to enjoy these hot springs.

Keep an eye out for plantlife near the hot springs and be careful not to trample any plants that thrive there. If you pack it in, Then you need to pack it out.

Whatever you bring to the hot springs should stay with you, and if others haven’t cleaned up after themselves, clean up after them.

If you’re camping in the backcountry, stay at least 100 yards away from hot springs.

Leaving your dogs at home is not a good idea. It is impossible to maintain a standard of cleanliness with your pets in your company for obvious reasons.

Plan ahead of time to use the restroom and relieve yourself before visiting a hot spring region. If you have to go number one during your vacation to the hot springs, observe standard Leave No Trace rules about human waste.

Featured Image By @milne.19

 

 

 

 

The hot spring has a temperature of 64°C as it occurs. A small cascade of steaming water spills out of the Creek's steep perpendicular bank and into two small soaking pools. Downstream is a bigger, deeper soaking pool that resembles a normal creek bed but is warmer. The upper two pools and the waterfall's water could be too hot to bathe in. The supernatant liquid is a layer of cold water that sits on top of the denser, hotter, mineral-rich outflow of hot springs. Before entering the springs, the temperature should be measured by dipping a toe into it. Another big soaking pool farther down the creek bed has a more comfortable soaking temperature. A neighboring glacier-fed river allows for Roman or Turkish-style swimming with alternating hot and cold dips. Camping is permitted at the campground, but facilities are restricted.
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Much like their name says, the hot springs sit near to the gorgeous and bustling Pitt River. You must go along Lougheed Highway towards Pitt Meadows and eventually Pitt Lake to get there.
After that, it's a 45-minute boat ride to the north end dock, then little over 20 kilometres of flat logging road biking, ebikes highly recommended.
It's a 5-minute climb from there to the hot springs, with a steep rope down. You'll be able to enjoy the natural benefits of hot springs in one of the most gorgeous locations our province has to offer once you arrive.
Relax in this small slice of heaven, which views out over the Pitt River as it cuts through a gorge. It is a genuinely remote and magical location that is ideal for people seeking adventure.
The journey may be a little long, but it just adds to the enjoyment of the destination. The route less travelled is sometimes the finest road to take.
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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 earths 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 Mountainside Golf Course.
Sam Brewer, a placer miner from Wisconsin, USA was working 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
property from George Geary.
In 1909, they moved to the Chamberlain Ranch north east 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.
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The village of Ainsworth Hot Springs is located in the traditional territories of the Ktunaxa First Nations (pronounced ‘K-too-nah-ha’) in BC’s Kootenay Forests and Mountains. Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is nestled into the mountainside, overlooking Kootenay Lake and the Purcell Mountains, and features three odorless baths, a unique 150-foot horseshoe-shaped cave, lounging pool, and glacier stream-fed cold plunge. The horseshoe cave, where mineral deposits and humidity combine to create an amazing atmosphere, is the highlight of the natural hot springs.

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Reconnect with your primal roots and experience a getaway at Halfway Hot Springs. Located almost literally "halfway" between Nakusp and Revelstoke, these springs are bubbling right out of the hillside along a river. The springs feed via an amateur tube network into stone-lined mud-bottomed pools. For most, the area is hours of driving away from the bustling confusion and distraction of city life, including cell service. Disconnect, relax and rejuvenate.

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Ruth Larsen, wife of Henry Larsen, who made a fortune in logging, was the first to place tubs here in the 1950s. He was reportedly the third richest guy in British Columbia at the time. His wife worked as a gold prospector and was dubbed a "old hippie" by some (although others claimed she was "a bit crazy"). She constructed a home near the springs, on the first road up here, and a long-time visitor told us that her grave is someplace near the tubs in the bush. The first baths, large ancient wooden wine barrels fed by hoses cemented into the thermal springs in the rocks, were installed by Ruth. More people came to visit these springs after the road was restored by logging firms and after Ruth died, and they bought new tubs.
The cabin is no longer standing, but one of the original wooden tubs remains. There are two hot tub forms and one bathtub tucked in the rocks as well.
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You will surely get relaxed at the hot springs, while also benefitting from a plethora of properties like skin detox, cell oxygenation, and blood circulation, among others!
Whiteswan Lake was an important seasonal hunting camp of the Ktunaxa native people and their use of the area dates back at least 5,000 years. During the 1800s and early 1900s trappers, prospectors and guides worked in the area and soothed their work-worn bodies in the hot mineral waters of Lussier Hot Springs.
The Springs offers a wilderness
setting of several hot pools which have
been carved over time alongside Lussier
Creek in Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park.
Visitors have the option of a wonderful
soak in one of the pools, or for those who
dare, a dip in the chilly creek. The hot
springs are a short drive to Whiteswan
Lake Provincial Park and five campgrounds (offering 115+ campsites).

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St. Leon Creek Hot Springs is not a tourist location, but its frequent visitors created it. A concrete pool has been built. Warm and hot water is delivered through plastic pipes from sources above. there is a very hot upper pool. The other source is a two to the three-meter-deep grotto in the rock.
In the higher tub, it is covered with light algae, making it feel like you're lying in a velvet-lined bathtub! It's also extremely humid.
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Easier navigation
Better maps. Includes your location. With the hot springs pin pointed.

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