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May 9, 2023

Unique Stays on a Kootenay Hot Springs Road Trip

Domes, rail cars, tipis, mansions, canvas tents and yurts are just some of the unique accommodations in the Kootenay Rockies, perfect for an off-the-beaten-path stay on your Kootenay Rockies Hot Springs road trip.

(Listed alphabetical, by community & distance from Hot Springs.)


Conveniently located just off the main highway in Cranbrook, the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort offers guests a comfortable stay with many amenities nearby.  Spend a night in the rail car – the Crystal or Santa Fe Railcar Designer Suites. King bed non-smoking designer Railcar Suites include complimentary WiFi, mini-refrigerator, jetted tub, unique decor, premium linens, and HD TV. (Nearest Hot Springs – Fairmont Hot Springs Resort; 1-hour drive.)

Photo courtesy of the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort

St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino was transformed into a modern full-service, destination golf resort. Today, the St. Eugene Resort offers 125 deluxe guest rooms, highlighting the heritage and culture of the original Mission building.

At the Resort, Indigenous Culture and Relations Training is led by Ktunaxa Nation’s knowledge holders and Elders in a hands-on environment. Learn about and discuss the past, present and future issues related to Indigenous people. Listen to Ktunaxa elders share legends around the campfire, discover the traditional arts of beading or moccasin making. (Nearest Hot Springs – Fairmont Hot Springs Resort; 1-hour drive.)

Photo by Kari Medig


Wedgwood Manor in Crawford Bay is set on 50-acre estate on Kootenay Lake’s East Shore. It has stood since 1910 and was built for the daughter of British china magnate Josiah Wedgwood. The Manor is an intriguing English Country House in the midst of natural beauty. It is beautifully restored and decorated with contemporary art.

The Squirrel’s Den (cabin) is situated on the edge of the forest overlooking the grounds.  This vacation rental makes a perfect holiday getaway for a couple. The cathedral ceiling is accented with cedar timbers. The loft bedroom has a ultra-comfortable queen bed and a claw-foot tub, with lots of windows to catch the cool night breezes and pure mountain air. (Nearest Hot Springs – Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort; 1-hour drive.)

Photo courtesy of Wedgwood Retreat


Camp Moose Trail, 20-minutes west of Golden, is more than just a place to rest your head – get ready for a truly unique experience.  Cozy up in a heated, private tent, cook a delicious meal, soak in the hot tub and share stories around the camp fire. (Nearest Hot Springs – Canyon Hot Springs; 1-hour & 10-minute drive.)

Photo courtesy of Camp Moose Trail

If you wish to wake up listening to the Blaeberry River, then the 8-sided, straw bale constructed ‘Meditation House’ at Quantum Leap Lodge & Retreats near Golden, BC offers a tranquil overnight stay. (Nearest Hot Springs – Canyon Hot Springs; 1.5 hour drive)


A Kootenay Lakehouse is a private luxury escape right on the edge of the Arrow Lakes and minutes from the village of Nakusp.  The cabin has a 180 degree view of the surrounding mountains and lake. (Nearest Hot Springs – Nakusp Hot Springs 20-minute drive and Halcyon Hot Springs 30-minute drive.)

Photo courtesy of A Kootenay Lakehouse

If quaint Victorian-era hotels piques your interest, one of the finest examples is the Leland Hotel in Nakusp.  It is the oldest continuously operating hotel in British Columbia since 1892. (Nearest Hot Springs – Nakusp Hot Springs 20-minute drive and Halcyon Hot Springs 30-minute drive.)


Blaylock Mansion was built in 1935-37, this lakeside retreat features 3 acres of manicured grounds – as well as an arboretum with mature trees that can’t be found anywhere else in Western Canada.(Nearest Hot Springs – Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort; 35-minute drive.)

Photo courtesy of Blaylock Mansion

Bear Springs Eco Retreat offers novel glamping accommodations and three cozy guest rooms in a self-contained suite. Enjoy stunning views of Kootenay River,  gaze at stars or explore the edible gardens and food forest on this 121 hectare (300 acre) property in the mountains. (Nearest Hot Springs – Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort; 1 hour drive.)

Interior of one of their glamping units; photo courtesy of Bear Springs Eco Resort

The Sentinel is a lakeside retreat and wellness centre, located in the small town of Kaslo, BC. Amenities include a cedar spa, sauna, and rejuvenating health and wellness programs. (Nearest Hot Springs – Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort; 10-minute drive.)


In the lakeshore community of New Denver, you can find the Adventure Domes – four energy efficient cottages with a strikingly unique shape. Views of the Selkirk and Valhalla mountains make this spot ideal for an off-beat getaway. (Nearest Hot Springs – Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort a 1 hour drive and Nakusp Hot Springs a 50-minute drive.)

Photo courtesy of Adventure Dome


Kootenay Park Lodge (formerly known as Vermilion River Camp) opened its doors on June 30, 1923 and was the first property on the Banff-Windermere Highway that travelled through Kootenay & Banff National Parks. The cabins were built in the 1930’s by CPR and has been welcoming guests for over 90 years.  The lodge is open during the summer/fall months. (Nearest Hot Springs – Radium Hot Springs; 50-minute drive.)

Photo courtesy of the Kootenay Park Lodge

Completely off-the-grid, Nipika Mountain Resort is situated within the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. The resort generates electricity and heat with renewable energy, for a comfortable and eco-friendly nights stay. (Nearest Hot Springs – Radium Hot Springs; 40-minute drive.) 

Return to nature at Radius Retreat with their hike-in off the grid yurt retreat located on 404 hectares (1,000 acres) of wilderness. (Nearest Hot Springs – Radium Hot Springs; 5-minute drive or a 35-minute walk.)

Photo courtesy of Radius Retreat

The oTENTiks in Redstreak Campground are part cabin, part tent, and within walking distance to the town of Radium Hot Springs and the relaxing mineral waters of the hot springs. (Nearest Hot Springs – Radium Hot Springs; 10-minute drive.)

Redstreak Campground in Kootenay National Park; photo by Kari Medig


Boulder Mountain Resort has you covered for all your accommodation needs. Their glamping tents combine the coziness of a queen-sized bed with the fresh air of the great outdoors right outside the windows. Other options include their Geo Domes, Log Cabins, Suites and Rustic Glamping Cabins. Discover why they are rated #1 for “Scenic Adventures”. (Nearest Hot Springs – Canyon Hot Springs; 25-minute drive.)

Glamping Experiences, photo courtesy of Boulder Mountain Resort


Windermere Creek B&B Cabins offers private, secluded cabins on 43 forested hectares.  With hundreds of feet between each cabin, your privacy is assured. You’ll be sure to enjoy the nearby creek, hiking trails, creekside hammocks, picnic areas and the proximity to golf courses and beach.(Nearest Hot Springs – Fairmont Hot Springs Resort; 17-minute drive.)

Situated in beautiful Windermere, enjoy glamping in one of three fully-serviced Geodesic Dome Tents. Winderdome Resort is nestled in a tranquil forest, each dome is quiet, comfortable and luxurious; fully-furnished with modern amenities including electricity and cooking facilities. (Nearest Hot Springs – Fairmont Hot Springs Resort; 16-minute drive.)

Photo courtesy of Winderdome Resort

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