The Kootenai, Shuswap, and Blackfoot Indians were the first to utilize the hot springs around what is now Fairmont. In 1887, the first non-native to homestead in the Fairmont area (which was then called Radium and later known as Fairmont Springs Post Office and Railroad Station) was George Geary. His house still stands at the far end of the Mountainside Golf Course near the 14th tee. A year later, Geary transferred the property to Sam Brewer who operated Fairmont as a stagecoach stopping area for those traveling between Golden and Fort Steele. It was later purchased by W.H. Holland, a manufacturer from Manchester, England in the early 1900’s.
The Holland family operated the property as a ranch and resort, which was called the Fairmont Hot Springs Bungalow Camp, until 1956. A pool was built to collect the abundant natural hot water coursing out of the mountains. There were cabins, a campground and dining room, with riding, hiking, hunting, fishing, and of course, soaking, as the main attractions.
In 1957, Earl and Lloyd Wilder bought Fairmont from W.H. Holland. The brothers came to the valley from Saskatchewan in the late 1940’s and operated a lumber business. Soon after buying the resort, they added a 20-unit motel building and expanded the existing pools. In 1965, Lloyd became the sole owner and began the major expansion of the facilities, which today welcomes visitors from all parts of the world.
In 2006, Ken Fowler Enterprises purchased the Resort from the Wilder family.
The Fairmont Hot Springs is Canada’s largest, odorless natural mineral hot pool. Water temperatures vary between 30 and 39 Celsius (86 to 102 Fahrenheit). What a way to relax, surrounded by the magnificent beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
Nearly 1.2 million gallons of mineral-rich hot spring water flows daily through a large soaking hot pool, swimming/lap pool, diving pool and the hotel’s private hot pool. The source of these hot springs is thought to be cool mountain water entering faults at higher elevations, pushing its way perhaps several kilometers into the earth’s crust. These waters then pass through the hot rock surface at Fairmont. The surface hot springs are collected in two main areas, and directed underground through lines to the pools where visitors are able to enjoy the water 365 days a year. An area from where visitors can view the natural hot springs is the historical Indian Baths to the north of the Lodge.
Mineral Hot Springs Water can contain:
|• Calcium Bicarbonate (Ca(HCO3)2)||1024.0 ppm|
|• Calcium Sulphate (CaSO4)||782.0 ppm|
|• Magnesium Sulphate (MgSO4)||494.0 ppm|
|• Sodium Chloride (NaCI)||63.2 ppm|
|• Sodium Sulphate (Na2SO4)||38.3 ppm|
|• Silica (SiO2)||27.4 ppm|
|• Potassium Chloride (KCI)||10.4 ppm|
|• Dissolved Radium (units)||105.0 ppm|
SWIMMING AND SOAKING
Mountainside owners/guests may use Fairmont Hot Springs public natural mineral hot pools for a fee. Parking is located at the entrance to the Fairmont Hot Springs RV Park located behind the Lodge.
Pool hours of operation are currently 8am to 10pm daily with reduced public swim times, click HERE for more information. Public swim times are subject to change without notice.
The country-style Lodge is located less than two kilometres up the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Road leading to the Ski Area. The Resort consists of 144 comfortable accommodation units that include standard suites, lofts, kitchenettes and kitchenette/lofts and cabins set in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. There are a few pet-friendly cabins available. The Lodge overlooks lush green lawns, colourful gardens and the soothing natural mineral hot spring pools. The Lodge has licensed fine dining, a cocktail lounge, spa services and gift shops. A selection of fully equipped meeting and conference rooms are available to handle both small and large groups. For reservations, call 250 345-6070, or 1-800-663-4979.
The Fairmont Hot Springs RV Park has 190 well-treed sites in a magnificent mountain setting. RV park amenities include full-service and non-service lots, pull-through deluxe sites, cable television, washrooms with hot showers, sani-dump, laundromat, playground, covered pavilion, and a central fire pit. For winter RVing and storage, please click HERE.
Call (800) 663-4979 option #6 or email RVresort@fhsr.com for details.