Hiking and soaking at Radium Hot Springs

Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
Trip End Jul 08, 2011

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Monday, June 27, 2011

Today is the Radium Hot Springs area of the Kootenay National Park which is about 30 minutes from our condo.  We buy a one-day ticket for the national park; it is good until 4 PM the following day and at any Canadian national park.  In fact, it gives us two days in the national parks so I revise our schedule to take advantage of the savings.

Just inside the Kootenay National Park is Sinclair Canyon and Sinclair Falls.  The canyon is a very high rock structure on both sides of the road.  We stopped there and then continued on to the Visitors' Center.  We hiked the Juniper Trail (across the street from the Visitors' Center) with an elevation gain of 260 meters or 853 feet.  It is a 3.5 mile round trip.  The trail takes us through the  forest and to Sinclair Falls.  The waterfall was a very pleasant stop in our hike.

At the visitors' center we eat our lunch.  Linda and I each bought coke that was $2.75/can.  I will surely remember to pack my can of coke every day.  We watched deer grazing on the grass across the street.

Our treat for the day was to soak in the hot springs at the visitors' center.  The cost was $5.13/piece.  The temperature of the pool was 102 degrees.  There is also a cold water pool, but we opted to stay in the pleasantly warm, mineral hot springs.  The water is constantly recycling.  The springs stay open until 11 PM.
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