Bighorn Meadows Blog
Radium Hot Springs
There is so much to do in the Columbia Valley and we are welcoming the beautiful sunny Spring weather. Make sure you come out and enjoy some of the events and activities:
- “Johnny Cash and the Legends” at Eagle Ranch Golf Course (Mar 1)
- Stampede Festival at Panorama (Mar 8-9)
- Cinefest Film Series presents “Amour” (Mar 11)
- Cinefest Weekend Film Festival (Mar 22-23)
- Kootenay Freestyle Classic at Panorama Mountain Village (Mar 22-23)
- Panorama Easy Rider Cup (Apr 5-6)
- Cinefest Film Series presents “Love is all you need” (Mar 11)
- Art from the Heart Display at Pynelogs Cultural Centre (Apr 8-27)
- Panorama Spring Carnival (Apr 12-13)
- Lorne Elliot “Chasing the Big Silly” LIVE (Apr 15)
- Columbia Valley Spring Tradeshow (Apr 18 & 19)
- L’il Peeps Art Show at Pynelogs (Apr 29-May 12)
- L’il Peeps Art Show at Pynelogs (Apr 29-M ay 12)
- 18th Annual Wings Over The Rockies Festival (May 5-11)
- Purcell Mountain Painters & Headwaters Art Society Art Show (May 12-25)
- Turn Copper into Gold Golf Tournament (May 12)
This past weekend, Bighorn Meadows was involved in the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Media Weekend. We had over 30 media personalities, from radio hosts to travel blog writers, come out to the area to enjoy our many activities and to help promote the area to their fanbase. We really enjoyed showing off our beautiful valley!
Here are a few articles and blogs that came from the weekend:
We love this picture from Leigh McAdams at HikeBikeTravel.com! She was impressed that the Bighorn Sheep give free car washes…although they are not very thorough
Come out and enjoy the Radium Hot Springs Pools. They are open year round but winter is the most magical!
Just in case you were wondering, here is a brief history of the Radium Hot Springs mineral pools:
- Pre 1840s Aboriginal Canadians bathed in the hot springs water and believed they were a source of rejuvenation and healing.
- 1841 Sir George Simpson, the governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, made the first recorded visit to the springs. He bathed in a gravel pool just big enough for one person.
- Late 1800s The first permanent settlers came to the area and the springs became more popular.
- 1890 Roland Stuart, an Englishman, purchased the springs for $160.
- 1914 Construction of a concrete bathing pool, log bathhouse, small store and a home for the caretaker.
- 1922 Stuart’s property was expropriated and the springs were included in a new national park ,called Kootenay National Park.
- 1927 Construction of a new bathhouse and expansion of the pool. The building is a Classified Federal Heritage Building because of the shift away from the rustic aesthetic that had characterized National Park architecture in the first half of the 20th century.
- 1948 The bathhouse was burnt down by a fire. And construction of a new bathhouse was completed by 1951.
- 1949 Construction of the Aquacourt begins. Completed in 1951, the new facility cost $958,653.
- 1968 A new hot pool replaced the original 1914 pool and a collection system for all the hot springs sources was installed.
- 1997 Major renovations begin with new reception area, gift shop, upgraded change rooms, and hot/cold plunge pool.
- 2001 Radium Hot Springs celebrated the 50th anniversary of the building of the Aquacourt with special events all summer long!
Source: Parks Canada www.hotsprings.ca
Check out this great video about the Radium Hot Springs mineral pools!