At the heart of the community is the 140-room Fairmont Hot Springs Lodge, offering a full range of services including fine dining and spa treatments. Since the lodge was founded in the early 1900s, other types of accommodation have sprung up in the low-lying valley just south of Lake Windermere. Now the focus has shifted towards timeshare accommodation, with thousands of visitors spending part of their year here. There is also a choice of rental homes, mountain bungalows, motels, condominiums, camping or recreational vehicle parks.
Several award-winning golf courses are just steps away, including two 18-hole courses and two Par-3 courses.
This all-season resort also offers a ski hill about four kilometres away. With two lifts and a number of intermediate runs, the hill is a popular destination for families.
For the adventurous, there is guided horseback riding, mountain biking, white water rafting, all-terrain vehicle touring, snowmobiling and fishing.
Everything the tourist needs is available here: service station, esthetics studio, coffee shop, boutiques, liquor store, grocery store, video rentals and a couple of pubs with live entertainment.
Wind up your day on the golf course or the ski hill with a relaxing soak in the hot pools.
Text provided courtesy of the Columbia Valley Pioneer. Photo courtesy Gerry George. Maps provided courtesy of and copyright the Columbia Valley Map Book.