Ainsworth Hot Springs
Breathtaking and Inviting
Tiny Ainsworth Hot Springs, with a population of about 50 residents, overlooks Kootenay Lake and is known for its incredible hot springs. About 45 minutes' drive from Nelson or 15 minutes from Kaslo, it also has amazing, limestone caves, and many fishing and boating opportunities.
Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is the focus of the village. The hot springs themselves are open year round, and feature a natural 150-foot horseshoe cave, a large lounging pool, and a stream-fed cold plunge. Renovated in 2012 and expanded in 2019, the resort also features accommodations, a restaurant, and the Spirit Water Spa. Book online or for specific inquiries call 1-800-668-1171.
The hot springs have been healing visitors with its mineral waters for hundreds of years, and the cave experience is worth a visit in itself.
Ainsworth Motel is an annual destination for many travellers, offering clean, cozy rooms with a view of the lake.
Located just north of Ainsworth Hot Springs, Cody Caves Provincial Park has an impressive array of limestone caves. The result of 170 million years of flowing water and dissolved rock, the caves continue to evolve and change.
Guided caving tours run in the spring, summer and fall months, from shorter family tours to multi-day alpine adventures.
JB Fletcher Store
An old historic building, yet new addition to Ainsworth Hot Springs is the renovated JB Fletcher Store that is both a museum and local artisan shop. It is quite magical entering the building and exploring the days of old and purchasing local artisan products of today.
Fishing and Boating
An angling and boaters favourite, world-class Rainbow Trout fishing is also on offer any time of year. Woodbury Resort & Marina is 5km north of Ainsworth Hot Springs and offers boat rentals, boat launching and charters. Cabin accommodation, RV and camp sites are also available.