All across the globe, hot springs are a prized natural treasure for their therapeutic, restorative, and aesthetic properties. Spring waters have a rich mineral content including sulfur, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and chloride. These minerals are associated with a long list of health benefits such as clear up skin problems like eczema and psoriasis, improve blood circulation, ease muscle tension, treat arthritis, enhance metabolism, and calm the mind. Nelson BC is surrounded by natural hot springs — here are the top spots you shouldn’t miss:
1. Ainsworth Hot Springs (48 kilometers from Nelson BC via BC-3A and BC-31 N)
Discovered by the Ktunaxa First Nations around 500 years ago, Ainsworth Hot Springs was the ancient counterpart of a cold bottle of beer after a long day’s work. The tribe’s forefathers culminated their day of battle, hunting, and gathering with a rejuvenating dip in the hot spring waters. Fast forward to modern times, Ainsworth Hot Springs is still owned by the Ktunaxa tribe but welcomes both locals and tourists alike. As an added attraction, there is a natural horseshoe cave that showcases splendid rock formations.
2. Halcyon Hot Springs (180.6 kilometers from Nelson BC via BC-6 N)
The healing properties of the waters in Halcyon Hot Springs are amplified by the resort’s idyllic location: right by the tranquil Upper Arrow Lake and surrounded by the astounding Monashee Mountains. Their biggest attraction is the abundance of lithium in their waters, reported to have natural anti-depressant properties, making Halcyon an ideal retreat destination.
3. Halfway River Hot Springs (182.3 kilometers from Nelson BC via BC-6 N)
Located just a short drive up from Halcyon Hot Springs is Halfway River Hot Springs. Compared with Ainsworth and Halcyon, Halfway River Hot Springs has a rustic, earthly vibe as the pools are beautifully surrounded by river rocks and tucked peacefully in lush greenery. Halfway River serves as a natural cold plunge where guests can cool off once they get their dose of hot spring water.