Ainsworth Hot Springs, a 40 minute drive from Nelson, BC. is set into the mountainside overlooking the vast expanse of Kootenay Lake and the Purcell Mountains. The hot steamy, odorless shower of mineralized water falls from the cave’s roof and forms a waist-deep pool, providing a rejuvenating natural steam bath. The main pool provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy some of West Kootenay ‘s majestic scenery.
The hot springs are heated naturally and vary in temperature between 40-42°C (104-114°F) in the Cave, 35-38°C (96-101°F) in the Pool, and 4-10°C (40-50°F) for the Cold Plunge. The caves are old mine tunnels carved out by miners attempting to increase the flow of hot water from the springs. Considered to be the best commercial hot springs in BC, they were probably first discovered by native Indians who came up to Kootenay Lake in the late summer to take advantage of the Kokanee Salmon run.
Since this timing coincided with the ripening of the huckleberry crop, it would be natural to assume that after spending the days clambering around the hills these people would welcome a soak in the hot springs . This idyllic lifestyle probably continued for decades until the Indians guided the first prospectors in the area.
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