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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.)


Stay in an actual rail car, when you stay at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort.  This restored rail car has all the comforts, king bed, 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 & Glamping Retreat in Crawford Bay is set on a 50-acre estate. 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.
(Nearest Hot Springs – Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort; 1-hour drive + Ferry ride)

Photo courtesy of Wedgwood Retreat


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)


If quaint Victorian-era hotels peak 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)

While, Rock Island Resort south of Nakusp, offers both Yurt and cabin rentals. They have a working pottery studio & gift shop on-site.
(Nearest Hot Springs – Nakusp Hot Springs 15-minutes 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 the Adventure Domes in New Denver


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 you covered for all your needs with accommodation options ranging from fully furnished lodge suites to tenting sites.  Their glamping tents combine the coziness of a queen-sized bed with the fresh air of the great outdoors right outside the windows.
(Nearest Hot Springs – Canyon Hot Springs; 25-minute drive)

Glamping with Boulder Mountain Resort in Revelstoke; photo courtesy of the 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)


Know Before You Go – Plan ahead so you can travel safely and responsibly. Familiarize yourself with weather, road conditions, general alerts for travellers and provincial health orders & recommendations.

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Words by Ashley Voykin.  Cover/top photo courtesy of the Adventure Domes in New Denver, BC.

Ashley Voykinis a landscape and outdoor adventure photographer in the West Kootenays. Her work focuses on big mountains, small towns and exploring those spaces. Committed to capturing local landscapes in a new way, she can often be found chasing Northern Lights late into the night and finding new views of endless lakes and mountains around the Kootenays.

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