We drove north to Fairmont Hot Springs

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fairmont hotsprings thermal pools
There are a number of hotsprings in the East and West Kootenay Region of British Columbia.  We decided to drive north up the Rocky Mountain Trench about one and a half hour drive from Cranbrook to Fairmont Hot Springs. The Fairmont springs have four pools of increasing temperatures depending on your preference or how much heat your body can tolerate. Pool depths vary as well and those pools closer to normal temperature have swimming lanes, diving boards, etc. The pools were surrounded by snow and ice and the ambient temperature was quite cold so I was content to sit on benches in the water and enjoy the heat.

Commercial developments are growing in the area. There is a fast-food restaurant and a souvenir shop (it also sells bathing suits)  next to the pools and hotels and condominium development close by.

We stopped to photograph a rock formation south of Fairmont - called hoodoos - made up of columns of what appears to be conglomerate rock worn into columns by wind and water erosion. Nearby is Canal Flats and Columbia Lake. At one time it was proposed to build a canal to join the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers together in order to extend navigation by steamboats in the region.

At Skookumchuk there is a pulp mill operating - profitably we were told - unusual in this time of economic recession
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fairmont hotsprings thermal pools
fairmont hotsprings thermal pools
bathers in the hotsprings 4 pools…
bathers in the hotsprings' 4 pool…
rock formations on the highway sou…
rock formations on the highway so…
Fairmont Hot Springs
photo by: oriel