The hot springs were first visited by the Ktunaxa First Nations peoples who experienced the waters as a welcome respite after a long day of hunting, fishing, and gathering roots and berries in what is now known as the Kootenay region. The Ktunaxa First Nations peoples embraced the nupika wu’u, or hot mineral waters, for their healing and rejuvenating powers and Ainsworth Hot Springs has been welcoming guests since the 1930s.
Today the property is owned by Yaqan Nukiy, the Lower Kootenay Band of Creston, BC, returning the Ktunaxa peoples to this significant land so that they may share their appreciation with others.
Whether you experience Ainsworth Hot Springs in the pool or cave, you are sure to enjoy an experience like no other. The hot springs are nestled in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, overlooking the majestic Kootenay Lake. Public entry is from 10am - 9:30pm. For more information and rates see Our Water page.
Your stay at the resort includes complimentary access to the Hot Springs pools and cave. The hotel at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort offers comfortable accommodation with an array of room options and amenities that are designed to help you experience this historic site in an unforgettable way.
Once you’ve experienced the wonder of Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort, you will wonder why you didn’t visit sooner. A magical retreat awaits you in the heart of the Kootenay Mountain region, all you have to do is get here.
Hot Springs pools and cave, open daily 10am – 9:30pm. Hot Springs entry includes guest lockers. Swimsuit and towel rental available.
Accommodation – includes access to the Hot Springs. Check-in 4pm / Check-out 11am, no smoking/no pets, complimentary guest wifi.
Restaurant – Ktunaxa Grill, open 7am – 9pm; see link to Grill page and menu, Dinner Reservations recommended.