Kootenay National Park

Radium Hot Springs, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada (© Eric Baccega/Photolibrary)One of the lesser-known parks in the Canadian Rockies, Kootenay National Park is the home of one of the most enticing visitor amenities in the region. Radium Hot Springs’ large pool allows hundreds of bathers to soak in soothing, warm, mineralized waters whose namesake trace ingredient, radon, is mildly radioactive — though safely so, less than an illuminated watch dial. Because the water is colorless and odorless here, bathers who dislike the sulfur smell at most hot springs embrace these relaxing waters.

Text by Eric Lucas; photo editing by Connie Ricca.

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