Nakusp Hot Springs,
located just outside the community of Nakusp, is a wonderful
place to relax, kick back, and enjoy the soothing mineral waters of
the naturally heated mineral springs. Although the Nakusp Hot Springs
might lack some of the drama of the horseshoe-shaped tunnel at Ainsworth
Hot Springs, they nonetheless provide an equally vivid hot-spring
experience. The setting here is a narrow canyon through which the
Kuskanax River runs.
dense forest, the circular municipal outdoor pool is divided in
two. The larger portion is deep enough for swimming, and its temperature
is maintained at a comfortable 37 Deg C. A small section is kept
much hotter, at 41 Deg C. You'll find that a difference of even
a degree of two in water temperature affects the amount of time
your body can tolerate the heat. Sit in the hottest section for
a while, then find a patch of snow in which to make a snow angel.
There's no cold plunge pool here, just the air, which is equally
effective in winter.
The hot water
at Nakusp Hot Springs comes out of the earth about 1.5 km from the
hot springs building, and is piped down through a 4-inch insulated
pipe, which you can see as you take a stroll up there. The temperature
at the source is 54.4 Deg C / 130 Deg F and certainly too hot for
a dip. The water is filtered before it enters the pools, and turns
over 3 times in the large (less hot) pool, and 8 times in the smaller
Open year round,
Nakusp Hot Springs offers something for everyone: hiking, cross-country
skiing or snow shoeing in the old growth forest surrounding the
hot springs. The Nakusp Hot Springs is also a favourite spot for
camping, offering campsites with electrical hookups along the Kuskanax
Creek. There can be no better time to enjoy a massage than after
spending the day relaxing in the hot spring pools. Overnight accommodation
is offered in A-frame Cedar chalets.
The community of Nakusp is located on the eastern shore of Upper
Arrow Lake in the West Kootenays, at the junction of Highway 6 and
Highway 23, 29 miles (46 km) northwest of New Denver and approximately
60 miles (96 km) south of Revelstoke.
Nakusp Hot Springs
91 - 1st Street NW