Feel like something more serene after that adrenaline rush? Consider spending the afternoon enjoying the healing power of the Ainsworth Hot Springs. A rejuvenating and soothing experience locals and visitors have been enjoying for years. The soothing mineral waters are heated naturally, thanks to geothermic activity that flows underneath. Since ancient times, the hot springs have been steeped in Indigenous culture and legend. The Ktunaxa people regularly visited this beautiful site to treat everything from battle wounds to arthritis.
End your day with a short ferry ride from Balfour ferry terminal to Kootenay Bay, before checking in to a local hotel for the night.
Where to stay
Perched on Crawford Bay, Kokanee Springs Golf Resort is home to one of B.C.’s best golf courses. It’s also a stunning and secluded getaway option for stays in this beautiful region, boasting both standard and luxury cottages.
Where to eat
You can’t go wrong with the fresh brew from Oso Negro. The beans at this artisanal cafe are roasted locally, making it a neighbourhood favourite. For dinner on Kootenay Bay, check out the charming Kootenay Cabin. This casual upmarket restaurant features seasonally and locally-inspired dishes, complete with a stunning lakefront patio, not to mention thoughtfully-crafted cocktails (we recommend the Old Cabin, a delicious blend of bourbon, Cabin spiced syrup, orange bitters and B.C. cherries)