The Top 5 things to do in Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs is a gem in the heart of the Columbia Valley

by Susan Lohrer |

A curved road going through a rock-cut near Radium Hot Springs, B.C.

The rock-cuts near Radium Hot Springs are a biker's dream. — Photo courtesy johnmeisner/iStock/Thinkstock

Whether you visit Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, on a cruiser or a sport bike, you’ll enjoy the sweeping curves of Highways 93 and 95. And the recreational opportunities are endless. From relaxing in the world-famous hot springs after a day on the saddle or spending an exhilarating day white-water rafting to exploring the magnificent Bugaboo Provincial Park, every biker will find something to love about Radium Hot Springs. So check out these Top 5 attractions for bikers in and around Radium Hot Springs.

Radium Hot Springs

The mineral pools of Radium Hot Springs offer the perfect way to rest and rejuvenate after a day of adventure and taking in the magnificent alpine scenery of the area. The odourless pools, nestled under natural rock walls, stay warm year-round; if you like swimming in cooler water, there’s a pool for that, too. The springs' claim to visitors is that “the mountains shall bring peace to the people,” and you’ll find just that in the pools or while you’re being pampered in the Pleiades Spa.

Kootenay River Runners

Whitewater rafting speaks to the adventurers among us, and Kootenay River Runners offers a variety of adventurous river tour packages. The Kootenay River is a superb choice for families, with trips taking from four to eight hours; groups looking for a shorter excursion will enjoy the two- to four-hour trip down Toby Creek; for the most excitement, but still a great family outing, consider taking a rafting tour of Kicking Horse Creek—and prepare to be drenched in the continuous Class 3 and 4 rapids.

Bugaboo Provincial Park

Bugaboo Provincial Park, located between Golden and Radium Hot Springs, covers over 13,000 hectares and is home to some of the most magnificent granite spires and challenging hiking you can find in Canada. Keep in mind that this remote area is best tackled by experienced and well-equipped hikers only.

The Home of a Thousand Faces

Radium Hot Spring's famed mountain man and most colourful artist, Rolf Heer, was featured on the popular TV series Weird Homes. Heer uses his chainsaw to carve whimsical faces, figures and other objects from stumps, driftwood and any piece of unique wood he finds. The Home of a Thousand Faces, at the entrance to Radium Hot Springs from Kootenay National Park, is the perfect place to find a unique keepsake that’s also a piece of art. The artist is also known to entertain guests in a local "gasthaus" by taking his pet goat for an evening stroll!

Spur Valley Golf Resort

Spur Valley Golf Resort is one of the most beautiful, pristine settings a golfer could hope to play in. With its expansive views of the Rockies and par three and four holes with a par five at the end, you’ll be in awe of the gorgeous mountain scenery while using every club in your bag. Spur Valley Golf Resort’s nine-hole course takes about two hours to play and includes white silica sand bunkers so you can get good use out of your sand wedge.

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