Radium Hot Springs is a small town in British Columbia just south of the entrance to Kootenay National Park and about a 1 1/2 hour drive to Banff National Park in Alberta.
The town is known for its mineral springs, an odourless hot pool full of minerals and kept at around 37-40 degrees Celsius. There is also a swimming pool at the springs along with a full service spa. A great way to spend the day especially when it is cold and rainy.
There are two main campgrounds in the area, Redstreak Campground inside Kootenay National Park and Dry Gulch Provincial Park just south of town. We choose the provincial park but after touring around Redstreak we might decide to stay there next time. Redstreak has many more sites and hookup options and most sites are level and the roads are easy to navigate. Dry Gulch was really in a gulch with narrow roads, small campsites, and unlevel sites.
Campground: Dry Gulch Provincial Park
Location: About 3 miles south of Radium Hot Springs in British Columbia
Cost: $25 ($CAD)
Services: dry camping
Comments: A nice, quaint, quiet campground in a gulch. Warning, the campground has narrow roads, some unlevel sites, and some twists and turns. There are wonderful hiking trails directly behind the campsite.
Our visit to Radium, even though it was in July, was overcast, rainy, and bit chilly. It made a perfect day to sit in the springs for a few hours while it poured rain on us. The springs is actually inside the Kootenay National Park but if you are only visiting the springs then no park day-use entrance fee is required.