The rambling Fairmont Hot Springs Resort spills over the Columbia River’s broad flood plain with golf courses, and climbs into its craggy snow-capped backdrop with a little ski resort.
It’s a reasonably luxurious place, though the prices of its cheapest rooms aren’t extravagant, and its glut of amenities include several restaurants and so make it a
fantastic base for a family holiday.
Most of all the resort is famous for its bubbling, sweet-smelling hot springs (daily 8am–10pm; $10). Split into pools for diving, laps, kids and soaking, they have lured bathers here from far and wide since 1922.
The springs also lend their name to a small settlement beside the resort and Hwy-93: also called Fairmont Hot Springs and with a handful of restaurants and a supermarket.
The resort itself centres on a rustic, but fairly high-end, lodge with a range of lofts, suites and standard rooms, and a scatter of buildings beside. These include summer cabins and the buildings for an RV-only campground (sites $30–55). The resort campground that allows tents is the Spruce Grove Campground, 2km south of the lodge and with its own outdoor pool (sites $31–48).
In summer resort attractions include golf, tennis, spa facilities, guided nature hikes, bike rental and horse riding.
In winter the family-orientated ski area’s two lifts provide a 304m vertical descent and 12 runs over 300 acres (beginner/intermediate/expert 20/60/20 %). There’s
also an entry-level terrain park and pipe and the resort’s also in easy striking distance of Panorama and Kimberley for days on the slopes there.
Other winter activities include 6km track-set cross-country ski
trails (more close by), an ice-skating rink, and resort-organised snowmobile tours and sleigh