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Experience the breathtaking views of Kootenay Lake and the majestic Purcell Mountains in your own private accommodations.
Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia, is a quaint little village surrounded by luxurious forests, located on the scenic shores of the Kootenay Lake. It is a short distance from the bustling shops and numerous restaurants of Kaslo (20 min. North) and Nelson, B.C. (45 min. South).
- Ainsworth Hot Springs features three odourless pools, a 150-foot unique horseshoe-shaped cave, a main lounging pool and a stream-fed cold plunge. The hot springs are heated naturally and vary in temperature between 40-42°C (104-114°F) in the cave, 35-38°C (96-101°F) in the pool.
- The Kootenay region hosts a variety of golf courses for player of all levels, such as, Nelson B.C. Granite Point golf club, Balfour & Kaslo golf course.
- Although famed for its scenery, Kootenay Lake also boasts the world's largest rainbow trout, the Gerrard, which grows up to 30 pounds, and the Kokanee, a landlocked salmon. Kootenay Lake rarely freezes, allowing great fishing year-round.
- Enjoy the longest free Ferry Ride in the world, a 40-minute scenic crossing of Kootenay Lake, from nearby Balfour to Kootenay Bay. Click for Inland Ferry Schedules.
- The Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a favorite among travelers who want to get out and enjoy some outdoor recreation. Hiking in the old growth forests, picnicking in the park, splashing on the sandy beaches, or bike riding among the trails are some of the many adventures you can enjoy here.
- In winter, blast out at some of Nelson, B.C.'s legendary 'bottomless powder'. Check out, Whitewater Ski Resort, a popular spot for snowboarders and cross-country skiers a short drive from Nelson.
- Kaslo Jazz Fest is a popular festival with musicians from around the world, artisans, vendors, and delicious cuisines. Kaslo B.C. is a charming town with picture perfect views full of country cottages and rustic cabins.