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Kootenay, BC Hot Springs
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Hot Springs in the Kootenays EH
The Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada is well known for its hotspring's. History indicates that many of the hot springs in the region were first used by the First Nation people as natural healing waters. Today, many of the hotspring's in the Kootenay region have developed into resort attractions with accommodations, restaurants, spas, coffee shops, gift shops and/or golf courses.
A hot spring is a natural spring (underground or above ground) that is created by the pressure of the earth's core pushing heated geothermal groundwater up to the surface. The resorts capture the groundwater, and in many cases, filter it and funnel it into hot spring pools.
Many of the resorts will have what is called a hot pool and a cooling pool. A hot pool, in most cases, is a wading pool set at the highest temperature. A cooling pool is set at a comfortable temperature and provides an opportunity to reduce your body's temperature quickly. Both pools are filled with the natural spring waters.
There are also hot springs hidden in the Kootenays which have been left to nature, tucked away in wilderness forests, left alone by resorts, located at the end of hiking trails. These hot springs are best known by the locals and we will leave it at that, as over population, often destroys these unmonitored, unmaintained hot springs.
The resort attraction hot springs are all paid attractions. Admission fees vary per hot spring. Day passes are available. Some have campgrounds. All resort hot springs provide rentals of towels and swim gear if need be. There are change rooms, washrooms and showers located onsite.
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