Population: 776 (2016 Census)
Elevation: 800 m (2,651 ft)
The village of Radium Hot Springs lies at the southern entrance to Kootenay National Park. The hot pool facilities are located in Sinclair Canyon, just a couple of minutes inside the park boundary. People come here not only for the hot springs but also for the excellent golf courses in the area. Radium Hot Springs also offers many hiking opportunities, whitewater rafting adventures and scenic floats.
Major events for the village include Wings Over the Rockies (first week in May), the Classic Car show (Sept) and Music & Market on Main, Fridays during the summer; Market from 4-9pm and Music from 7-9pm. The village offers a variety of restaurants, shops and accommodation from campgrounds to full-service resorts.
The Visitor Centre offers a wildlife exhibit which includes a number of educational pieces: a mountain goat, a bighorn sheep, a black bear, cougar and a loon. There is also a Ktunaxa (First Nations) heritage exhibit offering an interpretive centre with artifacts.
Things to See & Do in Radium Hot Springs
Columbia Valley Wetlands
Marshes adjacent to the Columbia River between Golden and Invermere form one of largest contiguous wetlands in North America.
Cultures in Contact
Culture and history of Ktunaxa Nation & Anatomy of Land exhibit is offered at the Visitor Centre.
Gateway to Kootenay National Park
The Highway 93/95 junction is the southern entrance to Kootenay National Park offering several points of interest.
Mountain Biking Trails
This area is home to hundreds of kilometres of world-class trails: Old Coach, Lake Lillian and Nipika Cross River Canyon Trails. A number of biking events also take place such as the Kootenay Krusher – early-June.
Nearby Bugaboo Provincial Park
Situated in the Purcell Mountains, this park continues to draw climbers from around the world to its airy, glacier-sculpted granite spires.
The village offers a variety of wonderful food and beverage options, including:
Big Horn Cafe
Helena’s Stube Restaurant
Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery
Old Salzburg Restaurant
Prestige Resort – Conrad’s Kitchen and Don Agave Cantina
Riko’s Family Restaurant
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep & Headbanger Festival
A famous attraction for Radium Hot Springs – The Headbanger Festival takes place the first weekend in November during the sheep’s annual rut.
Soak in the therapeutic Radium Hot Springs pools
Dramatic scenery and soothing water to rejuvenate.