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17 FUN Things to do in Fairmont, BC

17 FUN Things to do in Fairmont, BC

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Fairmont, BC (also known as Fairmont Hot Springs), is a quaint, little town located right outside of Invermere. Fairmont, while small, is still a prime destination for hot springs, beautiful accommodations, dining, golf, and skiing.

Its location right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains sets it up to be an amazing experience no matter what time of year you visit!

One of the beautiful things about spending so much time in Canada is that we were able to find some hidden gems, and areas less traveled. While Fairmont does get tourists (it is home to Canada’s largest natural mineral hot springs after all), it still tends to fly slightly under the radar.

Perhaps that’s because people aren’t sure how to fill their time in a small town like Fairmont. I mean, Fairmont is a super tiny town. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of fun things to do here!

We’ve spent plenty of time in quaint little Fairmont. In fact, we love this town so much we actually bought a small block of land there with plans to build a home one day soon! So, it’s safe to say we know a lot about this small mountain town, and in this blog, we’ll share all of the fun things to do in Fairmont, BC. We hope that you enjoy visiting Fairmont as much as well always do!

17 Things to do in Fairmont, BC

1. Hit the slopes

Skiing at Panorama Mountain Resort near Invermere, BC
Spring skiing at Panorama Mountain Resort. Photo credit – Oleg_Mayorov

As you can guess, skiing is big in most Canadian mountain towns, and Fairmont isn’t any different.

Right in the town of Fairmont, you’ll find the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area. This is a smaller ski resort when compared to its neighbors in places like Golden, Invermere, and Fernie since it only has one large chairlift. With that said, it’s much cheaper at only $54 CAD for an adult day pass.

For this reason, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area is a popular ski resort with families or those who are still learning. I mean, why pay over a hundred dollars for a lift pass at other large ski resorts when you’re going to spend most of your time on the bunny hill anyways? This is why Fairmont is perfect!

For those looking for a larger ski resort, Panorama Mountain Resort is located only 35 minutes from Fairmont and has 4 large chairlifts as well as a few smaller ones for beginners. The runs range in difficulty from green all the way to double black. Overall, it’s one of the best ski resorts in the Columbia Valley.

If you don’t mind venturing a little further, there are a couple of other nearby ski resorts to check out. In the winter in Fernie, the Fernie Alpine Resort is the place to be. Fernie Alpine Resort is the local ski hill here and one of the best in Canada. Skiing here is one of my favorite activities in Fernie because the resort is huge! It’s home to over 2,500+ acres of skiable terrain, as well as 10 chairlifts, a 1082-meter verticle rise (3,550 ft), 140+ runs, and its longest run is over 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).

Even closer yet, is the small town of Kimberley where one of the best things to do is also skiing and snowboarding. Kimberly Alpine Resort is located in the Purcell Mountain range of the Rocky Mountains, and it is known for its sunny weather. The resort has stunning scenery all around – 1,800 acres and 80 runs worth of gorgeous views!

Regardless of where you go, if you love skiing or snowboarding, then Fairmont is the place to visit and base yourself for your winter ski holiday.

Related Read: If you want to ski at an even better ski resort be sure to head to Golden, BC in winter.

2. Visit the Fairmont Hot Springs

The Fairmont Hot Springs
The Fairmont Hot Springs

At the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, you’ll also find some gorgeous hot springs – perfect for a warm soak after a day of adventuring on the mountains.

Fairmont does a great job at managing these hot springs, and in my opinion, they are actually nicer than the nearby Radium Hot Springs (operated by Parks Canada – more on them below). The views are the highlight but the pool is also larger. Fairmont also offers private spas for guests who want to pay more for a private experience.

A recent change means these hot springs are currently only open to guests of the resort, campground, or members. However, you can buy a one-day membership for $20 CAD. If you’re looking for an exciting way to indulge yourself, why not book a room here for one night? Rooms here start from $175 CAD per night, and we’d say they are a great option for families with kids and couples alike.

Honestly, visiting the Fairmont Hot Springs is one of the very top things to do in Fairmont, BC – so, what are you waiting for?!

3. Visit Funtasia

mini golf at Funtasia Adventure Park in Fairmont, BC
The mini golf at Funtasia is so much fun! Photo Credit: Funtasia

Funtasia is a one-of-a-kind fun park that has activities for all ages located right in Fairmont town. Bumper cars, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and an animal pet park!

The animals are absolutely adorable! You can feed and pet horses, goats, donkeys, alpacas, and bunnies. I personally could do this activity in itself all day.

Oh, and did I mention how neat the golf course is? It is located in a forest, so the greens flow around rocks and large tree trunks. It’s super unique and offers a nice challenge.

Admission prices vary by age and activity starting at $9.50 CAD, but they offer great value packages that include multiple activities so you can save!

Chances are you’ll work up an appetite having all of that fun! If you’re visiting during their summer months (June-August) you can check out Funtasia’s Greenhouse and Garden Bistro where they offer light refreshments, salads, and smoothies made from the produce grown in their greenhouse and veggie garden.

Keep in mind that hours vary by season. They are open daily with summer hours from 10 am to 6 pm, and spring/fall hours Thursday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

4. Float on the Columbia River

Two people relax in inflatable tubes on the Columbia River float near Invermere,BC
Check out those mountain views!

One of the lesser-known things to do in Fairmont, BC is the river float. The Columbia River float was the first activity I ever did after arriving in Fairmont. And wow, what an introduction! This is by far the most beautiful river float I’ve done in Canada.

The river float starts in one of two locations in Fairmont town (mentioned below) and has you drifting at a slow pace on the Columbia River through the town along the golf courses and houses. The entire way there are breathtaking views of the mountains.

The best part is that if you have your own tube or floatie, then this activity is completely free!

The river float is very relaxing and even small children can enjoy the float safely with a lifejacket and parental supervision. If you don’t have your own tube you can rent one in town at the small gas station in Fairmont.

Two girls relax in their floaties while on the Columbia River float
Not a care in the world!

Unfortunately, there is no river shuttle so you’ll need two cars, one parked where you end and one where you start (unless someone in your group isn’t joining you then they can just drop you off and pick you up.)

Where to start and end the river float

There are two entry points to the Columbia River float. The first is along Columbia River Road, it will give you the longest time floating in the river. To find the exact location drive until you make two sharp turns like an S bend down a steep hill. Just after this turn is the drop-off point. From here the float takes just over 2 hours in spring and up to 4 hours at the end of summer.

The second and shorter option starts near the Spruce Grove Campground along the Kootenay Highway. I’ve personally never started from here but have heard it takes under 1.5 hours in the spring and under 3 hours in the summer.

The end of the float is along River Drive. In the middle of summer, you’ll see lots of people getting off and parked here, but the location is also on the map above.

5. Go hiking

The view from Swansea Mountain, Invermere
Check out those views! This is from Swansea Mountain, a popular hike in Invermere just down the road from Fairmont.

There are so many great trails located around Fairmont. The great thing is no matter what experience or difficulty level you desire, there is a hike for you!

Try the short 3.7 km (2.3 miles) Owl Loop Trail. It is very easy and more like a walk that has a great combination of serene forest and beautiful views of the valley.

If you want something slightly more challenging and considered moderate, you can take on Poet’s Trail which is about 1.8 km (1.1 miles). This trail connects the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort with the townsite. While you’re hiking, be sure to enjoy the poems that are posted on the trees!

Finally, if you’re really looking for a challenge you can hike Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail which is a 25 km (16-mile) trail suitable for a half-full day adventure! It’s a long trail, but it’s also well-maintained and paved. It runs parallel to the road, so you can expect beautiful mountain and forest views.

6. Eat at Fairmont Pizza & Ice Cream Parlour

Pizza and ice cream…name a better duo, I’ll wait. But seriously, I’m mentioning it because it’s just that good. If you’re visiting Fairmont, make sure not to leave without experiencing Fairmont Pizza and Ice Cream Parlour.

They have any type of pizza you could possibly dream of! Tex Mex, Cheeseburger, Greek! And those are just the ones with normal sauce. They have a whole separate category for specialty sauce pizzas. I’m almost determined to try them all.

For those with gluten intolerance, there’s no need to skip this spot! Fairmont Pizza and Ice Cream Parlour offer gluten-free pizza and ice cream cone options.

Speaking of which, don’t forget to save room for dessert! They have a variety of cold treats you are going to want to try regardless of the season!

Fun fact: the average Canadian enjoys close to 4.5 liters (1.2 gallons) of ice cream every year. That’s around 85 scoops! A little cold weather certainly isn’t stopping them!

Fairmont Pizza and Ice Cream Parlour are open daily from noon to 8 pm.

7. Enjoy a beach day

A lady walks into the water at James Chabot Provincial Park in Invermere, BC
Can you imagine a better way to spend the day?

On those warm days in Fairmont, the best place to hang out is at the beach! And you aren’t short of options, there are four beaches within short driving distance of Fairmont for you to choose from.

Windermere Beach is just a quick 15 minutes away. This beach is especially great for family fun if you have the kids along, aside from the beautiful beach it also has large grassy areas and a playground.

A little further north, near Invermere, is Kinsmen Beach and James Chabot Provincial Park. Both of these are located on Lake Windermere as well. Kinsmen is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. It has a water park, concession, and swim platforms with slides. If you’re looking to do more than just sunbathe, Kinsmen Beach is your spot!

Canal Flats Provincial Park is the farthest, but still just 25 minutes away (in the opposite direction of the other three). This beach is on Columbia Lake near the village of Canal Flats. There is a boat launch, picnic grounds, and it’s a great fishing location! This lake is also usually the least busy – an important thing to consider in the busy summer months.

The great thing about all of these beaches is they are all unique, and each offers something different. So whether you’re looking to just relax in the sun or go splash around at a water park, there’s going to be something nearby to fit the bill.

8. Visit Lussier Hot Springs

two women relaxing in Lussier Hot springs
As you can see, these are a lot more natural than the nearby Fairmont or Radium Hot Springs.

Lussier Hot Springs is about a 45-minute drive south of Fairmont, but I promise it’s worth the drive. This is one of the best wild hot springs in BC!

You will find the springs located in the Kootenay Mountains in Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park. This is one of the best free activities to do in Fairmont, and you can do it year-round!

Don’t forget your bathing suit, because you’re definitely going to want to take a dip! The hot springs have three rock-walled, gravel-bottom pools that flow into an adjacent river. Although these walls and bottoms are somewhat man-made, the rest of the pools are not, so they look and feel like “wild hot springs.”

To get to the springs you will need to go down a well-maintained dirt road, and then travel a short hike down a maintained trail with wooden railings. Because the springs are easily accessible, this can be a great activity for the whole family.

The upper pool is usually around 47°C (118°F), but can get as low as 34°C (94°F). As the pools cascade down the spring seems to get slightly cooler. And if you want, you can jump in the river for a cold plunge to cool off!

The springs can get heavily trafficked, so I recommend trying to go early in the day during the week if possible. If you are in need of a changing room or restroom you can find them in the parking right off of the road (a 5-minute walk to the springs). Don’t expect anything fancy though, think more of outhouses and old wooden stalls. No large facility here. In fact, don’t even expect cell phone service.

Related Read: Lussier Hot Springs is one of the best stops on the drive from Calgary to Kimberley – find out what the others are!

9. Rent a boat and enjoy Lake Windermere

wake-boarding tour on Columbia Lake
This boat is so fast!

The lakes near Invermere really are the crown jewel of the valley! During the summer months, they pack out with visitors on boats enjoying the sunshine and water sports. The best part is that even if you don’t have your own boat, you can rent one at a very affordable price.

The last time we went to Invermere we rented a boat on Lake Windermere for 4 hours. Between the 7 of us, including fuel, the rental was only $490 CAD. That’s $70 CAD each for a fun day on the water!  

We had a blast cruising around the lake, stopping along the way to swim and even have a few drinks. Spending time on the water is easily my favorite way to enjoy Invermere.

We rented our boat from Pete’s Marina which is located right on the lake in Invermere. This also meant the boat was already launched and ready to go when we arrived. Our rental also included one temporary boat license for the driver, so even if you’re not licensed you can get a rental for the day.

10. Head up Swansea Mountain

The view from Swansea Mountain, Invermere
Check out those views!

If you want to enjoy one of the best views of the Columbia Valley then you simply must take a drive or hike up Swansea Mountain. Located only a short drive from Fairmont, Swansea Mountain is a recreational area popular among hikers and mountain bikers who use the access road up to access a range of downhill trails.

At the bottom of the mountain, there is a small parking lot and a recreational area with picnic tables. From here you can either park and hike up Swansea Mountain, or take your vehicle further to the summit parking lot.

To reach the summit parking lot you’ll need a high clearance 2wd vehicle or a 4wd, with the latter being the recommended. From the top parking lot, you’ll still need to walk for around 15 minutes to reach the true summit via a 700-meter trail (2,297 ft) with a 105-meter (344 ft) elevation gain.

From the bottom parking lot, the summit is best reached on the Mount Swansea Double Peak Loop which is a 12.6-kilometer (7.8-mile) loop track with a 750-meter elevation gain (2,461 ft) that starts from the parking lot. This trail takes around 4 to 5 hours to complete with breaks and takes you to more than one amazing viewpoint of the valley.

Regardless of what way you choose to visit the Swansea Summit, this is the best way to get amazing views of the valley and one of the best things to do in Fairmont, BC.

Important: The area around Swansea Mountain is bear country so always carry bear spray and hike in groups. Also, to access the parking area and access road you must arrive from Windermere Loop Road as Westroc Road (you’ll see what I mean on Google maps) is an active mining road preventing public access.

10. Visit Invermere

outside the tanton bay distillery in invermere BC
Taynton Bay Spirits is one of my favorite places to visit in Invermere!

Invermere is an excellent day trip from Fairmont, and as I said, it’s just a short 20-minute drive! You really won’t have trouble filling your day with activities.

A couple of my favorite things to do when visiting Invermere are grabbing a beer from Arrowhead Brewing Company (if you like IPAs, get their “I’m so Freakin Hoppy IPA” and thank me later), and experience one (or several) Taynton Bay Spirits heavenly infused liquors.

The distillery is most famous for its infused vodkas and has flavors such as Ginger Matcha Tea, Strawberry Herbal Tea, and Blueberry Rooibos. These infused vodkas are around 18% alcohol and taste great straight or mixed. They even offer a very generous free tasting that just about covers every product they sell.

If you’re hungry, head upstairs to the Station Pub, where you can’t go wrong with one of their delicious burgers. They also have a selection of craft beer on tap and cocktails made with Taynton Bay’s spirits. The Station Pub is just one of the many tasty restaurants in Invermere.

You may or may not have a solid buzz after my first two suggestions, but don’t leave Invermere without checking out James Chabot Provincial Park.

Bailey and I love heading down here with a picnic lunch and getting a shady spot on the grass. We literally sit back and watch the entire day pass by while cooling down in the lake when needed. It’s one of the most relaxing things to do in Invermere and a must, in my opinion!

The park is located right in town and is completely free to visit. There is a large parking lot in the provincial park, however, on really hot days you’ll need to arrive early to get a spot. There is also a toilet block and a changing room.

11. Visit Radium Hot Springs

sitting in the Radium Hot Springs
The hot springs are the most popular attraction in the town of Radium!

In the Columbia Valley where Fairmont sits, the most popular attraction is the Radium Hot Springs. The springs, which are fed by natural spring water, flow into a manmade pool where visitors can relax with beautiful views.

The springs are actually in Kootenay National Park so they’re owned by Parks Canada. The entrance fee is affordable at $16.50 CAD for adults. This is only one of three hot springs owned by Parks Canada and although it’s my least favorite (the Banff and Miette hot springs are stunning) it’s still a great attraction near Fairmont worth checking out.

The best part though is that this is the perfect activity all year round with winter actually being the better time to visit!

To reach the springs you’ll need to drive 25 minutes to the small town of Radium. From here, head out of town towards Kootenay National Park, and the springs are on your right with the overflow carpark on your left.

Radium is actually a great place to stay in the Columbia Valley with plenty of accommodation options including some absolutely amazing Airbnbs in Radium Hot Springs you’ll really want to check out!

There are also lots of fun things to do in Radium – there’s more to this village than just the hot springs!

12. Go golfing

The Cliffhanger Hole at Greywolf Golf Course near Invermere, BC
The famous Cliffhanger Hole at Greywolf Golf Course near Invermere, BC

From Fairmont, there are over 10 golf courses within a short driving distance. This makes golf one of the most popular things to do in Fairmont in the summer months.

Of course, not all the courses are the same, and depending on why you’re here, you’ll want to pick the course right for you. Below are a few I recommend checking out:

Greywolf Golf Course: If you’ve come to Fairmont to experience a once-in-a-lifetime golfing experience then you simply must head to Greywolf Golf Course. Located only 40 minutes from Fairmont, Greywolf is a world-renowned course rated as one of the top 15 courses in Canada and the number one public course in BC! Surrounded by mountains the course is home to the “Cliffhanger Hole” which is considered one of the best in the world.

The Ridge at Copper Point: If you’re keen for a game of golf but have other commitments then consider playing 18 holes at The Ridge at Copper Point. The course is located only a short 15-minute drive from Fairmont and is only a par -62 Masters Course meaning a game can be completed in under 3 hours. Don’t be fooled by the short course though, it’s still one of the best in the valley!

Eagle Ranch Golf CourseFor a breathtaking round of golf few places are as beautiful as the Eagle Ranch Golf Gorse. This par-72 course is famous for its two main landscapes which include the open fairways in the valley as well as the quiet mini canyons. The course is also only 20 minutes from Fairmont. 

13. Go ziplining

Where are all my adrenaline seekers at? This one’s for you! Valley Zipline Adventures is not for the faint-hearted, with a roue of 7 zip lines over a section of 610 m (2,000 feet)! While you’re high up in the air, you can take in the stunning views of the Dry Gulch Valley.  

If you want to try another height-defying activity, check out the 10-meter (32 feet) climbing wall or the 35 Jump Tower… Basically, you can just climb up things and jump off things! It’s just like being a kid again.  

Valley Zipline Adventures is about a 20-minute drive from Fairmont. The price for the Zipline experience is $99 CAD/adult. If you’re looking for something even more, Valley Zipline Adventures partners with other businesses in the area, so you can bundle your zipline experience with a Segway tour, massage, beer tasting, ATV adventure, or white-water rafting, among others.

These options can be an additional $15-$84 CAD on top of the zipline price, depending on what you choose.  

14. Visit the Hoodoos

The hoodoo's near Invermere, BC
The rock formations are pretty neat!

Hoodoos are formed from erosion and around Canada, you can see them, especially near places like Drumheller in Alberta.

I’ve personally seen the Hoodoos in Drumheller and although the Hoodoos in Fairmont don’t quite compare, they’re still cool to see. The first way to see the Hoodoos is from Highway 93/95. From the road and pull-over bays, you get great views of the Hoodoos.

However, if you want to get closer then the Hoodoo Trail is one of the best ways to explore them and it’s only a 3.2-kilometer (2 miles) out-and-back trail.

Although you can see the Hoodoos from the highway, the trail gives you another perspective and an amazing view of the valley. I’d allow around 2 hours to complete the track and spend some time at the top.

The trail starts on Westside Road off Highway 93/95.

15. Ice skate or cross country ski on Lake Windermere

Cross country skiing in Radium
The trail is huge!

If you’re in Fairmont during winter, skating or cross-country skiing on Lake Windermere is (literally) a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! It holds the Guinness Book of Records for the longest skating pathway in the world, so you can’t find anything else like it.

The Lake Windermere Whiteway is a 29.98-kilometer (18.6-mile) frozen trail, created back in 2006 to help connect communities during the wintertime. It has two starting points – Kinsmen Beach in Invermere and Windermere Beach – both of which are about a 25-minute drive from Fairmont.

The Whiteway is maintained by the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club, and it is groomed for cross-country and skate skiing, with another path cleared for ice skating. Access to the Whiteway is $5 CAD and rentals are available in the town of Invermere.  

As one of the most popular winter activities in Fairmont, skating on this record-holding lake is something you don’t want to miss!

16. Explore Kootenay National Park

A man stands on a bridge at Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park
Marble canyon is one of the top attractions in Kootenay National Park

Fairmont, BC is only a short drive from one of the best national parks in Canada – Kootenay National Park. There’s plenty to do and see in Kootenay National Park including top-rated hikes and stunning canyons.

One of the best places to visit in Kootenay National Park is Marble Canyon. This is a quick 30-minute stop that’ll have you exploring a canyon filled with bright blue water. You’ll walk along the canyon’s edges and across various bridges before looping back around to the beginning.

If you want a more challenging hike, head to the famous Floe Lake. This lake is part of the longer Rockwell Trail (typically done over 3 days.) However, experienced hikers can hike to Floe Lake and back again in just a day.

Stunning views are par-for-the-course in this corner of BC, but sometimes you just need to get a different vantage point to really enjoy it.

If you are looking for a photo-op or romantic sunset view, take a drive up the BC-93 northeast for about 40 minutes. You can pull over at the Kootenay Valley Viewpoint to take in the sweeping, panoramic views of the Mitchell and Vermillion mountain ranges. No hiking is required here, it’s a drive-up viewpoint. This is one of my favorite viewpoints near Fairmont – well worth checking out!

17. Go mountain biking

If you missed out on hitting the slopes, don’t worry, you can still have an adventure on two wheels! Try out the endless mountain biking and trail-riding options in this region! There are over 150 mountain bike trails, and another 61 trails appropriate for e-bikes (flatter, easier rides).

Trails are grouped into networks around the region, including Panorama Mountain Resort, Swansea Mountain Recreation Site, or Lillian Lake. These areas are all within an hour of Fairmont.

Trails are coded similarly to ski runs, with green, blue, black, and double black diamond coding for the level of difficulty. Make sure to do some advance planning and choose an option to your comfort and skill level.

Where to Stay in Fairmont, BC

Fairmont Mountain Bungalows – This is a great budget-friendly option that definitely gives you the most bang for your buck! Each bungalow is a furnished cottage that features a patio with mountain views, a kitchen and dining area, and even a barbecue. They have economy, 1, 2, and 3-bedroom options available that begin at around $100 CAD.

Mountain View Suites at Fairmont Hot Springs – For more of a mid-range budget the Mountain View Suites may be more your style. They offer rooms with pool or mountain views, and even have a water park on-site! Perfect for summer family fun. You can also make use of the fitness center and outdoor BBQ. A junior suite typically runs for $185 CAD.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort – If you’re willing to splurge on an accommodation that offers amazing amenities such as in-room soaker tubs, cozy fireplaces, seasonal activities like yoga or kayaking, and of course, access to the mineral hot springs, then Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is the place to stay! It’s also a small ski resort, so staying here puts you right in the center of all the action. Nightly rates begin at an average of $200 CAD.

You can browse all of the hotels available in Fairmont here.

Renting a Car in British Columbia

A rural road with Mt Currie in the background
Road trips are the best way to explore Canada!

If you’re arriving in British Columbia via plane, then I can’t recommend getting a rental car enough. British Columbia is a large province, and traveling between the best places to visit in BC requires transport. Although you can use public transport on some occasions, this means your trip will not only require more time but more planning.

Car rental in Canada isn’t relatively cheap, but it’s not that expensive either, especially if you get a budget car. The cheapest car with a pick-up and drop-off in different locations is around $100 CAD per day. The price does vary though, depending on the time of year. For car rentals, I use the website Discover Cars. It’s a search engine with lots of deals with good customer service. In fact, I’ve used Discover Cars all over the world, including in Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. Read my honest review of Discover Cars here for more details!

Another popular option is to rent a campervan or motorhome (only for the brave in winter.) Using Motorhome Republic, you can search hundreds of deals across multiple companies to pick a great vehicle and the cheapest price. Having a motorhome is a stunning way to see Canada, and using crown land and campsites, you can often camp for free or very cheap in the most beautiful places imaginable!

Thanks for reading!

Daniel and Bailey take a selfie before starting the Columbia River float
Thanks for reading!

Fairmont is definitely an underrated destination in my humble opinion, and it’s definitely worth the stop! I hope that this post has inspired you to check this beautiful town out, and explore all of the fun things to do in Fairmont, BC!

Thanks so much for reading our guide to the best things to do in Fairmont, BC. If you found this blog helpful, be sure to check out all our other Canada blogs or these related articles below!

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Terri Pellerin

Wednesday 28th of December 2022

Hi! Love your information here! We are from Ontario and are heading stay in Invermere in March for a family ski vacation at Panorama. But we plan to also do as many other activities in the area when we are not on the hills. Can I confirm some details about the Fairmont hot springs that you recommend here? On the Fairmont site it describes a one-day membership to be able to use the pools, but I have read on other sites about the hot springs limited to guests of the resort only? Can we visit just to use the hot springs? Is that what the "one day membership" is? Thanks for taking the time to get back to me. You definitely seems to be experts of the area ( especially being land owners now). As well, we see pictures on the Fairmont site of someone visiting natural hot springs in the area? We have visited Lussier hot springs before when we skied Fernie. Can you recommend some other similar nearby "secret" springs that may be off the beaten path for us?

Thank you!

Terri Pellerin

destinationlesstravel

Friday 30th of December 2022

Hey Terri,

Thanks for checking out our blog.

So, there have been some changes since covid to their policy. Pre covid you were allowed to use just the pools, but once covid hit, they reduced it to hotel guests only. However, it has since returned the original policy, and you can now purchase a 1-day membership and use the pools even if you don't stay at the hotel. The other blogs you have read must be outdated. There is a hotel-only pool, but there is also a large outdoor pool that guests can use. If you have a look under the "rates" tab on the Hot Springs page you'll notice hotel guests get free access and outside guests need to pay. So the $20 is for outside guests and is limited to one pool.

As for hidden hot springs, the only other ones we know about are the Lussier Hot Springs. So we can't help with that.

I hope this helps Bailey