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DBC Ainsworth Hot Springs Pool and Kootenay Lake Kari Medig

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort & Ktunaxa Grill



Indigenous-owned Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort promises an all-season escape, thanks to year-round, therapeutic soaks in the warm mineral waters of the resort’s natural cave and pool. 

The hot springs, set on the west shore of Kootenay Lake near Nelson, were first visited by the Ktunaxa people following a day of hunting, fishing, and gathering roots and berries. Today, guests can prolong their relaxation at the Spirit Water Spa, sample fresh, Indigenous-inspired dishes at Ktunaxa Grill (try the onion soup with braised bison and caramelized onions in a sherry-scented broth, topped with gooey Emmental cheese and bannock croutons), and even overnight in the resort’s cozy accommodations. 

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is open year round from Wednesday to Sunday. 

Photo credit: Kari Medig


3609 Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Highway
Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC
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  • MondayClosed
  • TuesdayClosed
  • WednesdayOpen 24 hours
  • ThursdayOpen 24 hours
  • FridayOpen 24 hours
  • SaturdayOpen 24 hours
  • SundayOpen 24 hours

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