Do you love chilling in a hot tub after a hard days work? Of course, you do. What would you say to a winter escape in the Kootenay Rockies region of BC? Nestled in the Monashee mountain range overlooking Arrow Lake you will discover Halcyon Hot Springs. This ancient hot spring is a favourite attraction for locals and travellers looking to soak in magical waters that come bubbling up from the Earth. I am no exception as I badly need a little me time. I’ve brought one of my favourite people in the entire world along with me, my Mom. Two nights and days of chilling, soaking and relaxing. All while snow falls around me.
How do you get to Halcyon Hot Springs? We drove from Salmon Arm to Revelstoke along the Trans Canada Highway and then turned south on Highway 23 to Shelter Bay Ferry. Pro Tip: the drive from Revelstoke to Shelter Bay is approx 1 hour so if you need a snack break pull into Revelstoke and load up.
The Ferry ride over in the winter is quite scenic. We were lucky enough to get a bright sunny day for our ride across. As you can see the views are spectacular.
From Galena Bay, the rest of the drive only takes us about 20 minutes. Our first stop is to check into the main lodge where I pick up the keys to our Studio Suite. We have the first-floor unit which can sleep four as the one above is a bit too big for just the two of us. It sleeps eight and is better suited for a family or group of friends.
Our Chalet has its own parking area so we are able to unpack and leave the car within sight of our unit. Handy for making a quick run out to turn the car on to warm up in the morning.
Our suite is really quite comfortable and perfect for my Mom and me. Two queen beds, bathroom and a nice sized sitting room with small dining table and kitchenette for light meals. The unit also has a BBQ. For spring and summer months it is all you would need.
This takes care of where we will be sleeping each night, but the main reason we came to Halcyon is for the Hot Springs and these are located back at the main lodge. Each rental suite comes with ultra luxurious bathrobes so after changing into our swimming clothes we “robe up” and walk the 4 minutes back to the lodge.
I can’t wait to begin my soak. Which pool will I slip into first? During the winter season, three of the four pools are open.
- There is a cold dip plunge pool at 12C which is great to “plunge” into if you have joint or arthritis pain.
- There is a medium-sized warm pool at 38C that is great to float in. It has a current so that if you grab a pool noodle and “let go” you will eventually float around the pool.
- Finally, there is a hot pool with the temperature maxing out at 42C. FABULOUS.
It should come as no surprise as I spent most of my time in the warm and hot pools.
The town of Nakusp is a short 30-minute drive from Halcyon Hot Springs and we plan on exploring the town during our visit but for now, I am thrilled to just soak and float in the pools.
Kingfisher Restaurant is located at the resort so deciding where to go for dinner was very easy. We stayed in and feasted on the west coast themed menu crafted by Chef Virgil Turkington and his team. My Fraser Valley Pork Chop was amazing and a dessert plate featuring a selection of local Jennifer’s Chocolates was the perfect way to finish the meal.
The pool stays open till 10 pm so lots of time for a soak before bedtime. Which is exactly what we did.
If I enjoyed dinner at the Kingfisher Restaurant I fell in love with their breakfast. This was a mixed Veggie Hash topped with soft poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. What a way to start my day.
I could never leave here and though we did have to finally say goodbye I can’t wait to come back and soak in the mineral waters at Halcyon Hot Springs. Maybe next time I’ll come in the Autumn once the kids have gone back to school.