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Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia

Coordinates: 50°19′01″N 115°52′01″W / 50.317°N 115.867°W / 50.317; -115.867
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Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia is located in British Columbia
Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia
Location of Fairmont Hot Springs in British Columbia
Looking northerly in Fairmont Hot Springs, BC

Fairmont Hot Springs is an unincorporated resort community located in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada commonly referred to as Fairmont. The community had a reported population of 781 in the 2021 census, but the town receives frequent tourists. The local resort is centered around a soak pool and swimming pool fed by natural mineral hot springs.[1] The original springs building, surrounded by hot spring water seeping out of the ground, still stands.

The community contains three golf courses: Mountainside and Riverside are 18-hole courses, while Creekside is a family-oriented 9-hole par 3. In the winter, the area is also home to a small downhill ski area, with three lifts (one triple chair, one magic carpet and one platter lift), 13 runs and a tube park, as well as numerous cross-country trails. Fairmont Hot Springs has a strip mall including a market, restaurants, and a gift shop. Fairmont Hot Springs is home to the Dutch Creek Hoodoos, which are sandstone cliffs (hoodoos) with hiking trails located next to Dutch Creek, a source of the Columbia River and formerly a salmon breeding stream. Fairmont provides the only road access to Columbia Lake Provincial Park, five kilometers south.

Fairmont Hot Springs Airport is located here.

On July 15, 2012, a mudslide occurred in Fairmont Hot Springs. A small creek that runs throughout the town formed a natural dam and backup water built up. Several homes were evacuated along with a golf course and many people were airlifted to safety.

To the north are Invermere, Athalmer, Wilmer, Radium, Edgewater, and Golden. To the south are Canal Flats, Scookumchuck, Kimberley, and Cranbrook.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort


Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is the biggest employer in Fairmont Hot Springs. The resort boasts a hotel, two campgrounds, 3 golf courses, a ski-hill, several hot springs swimming pools, a spa, water and sewer utility plants, 668 acres of undeveloped property and more.

On March 9, 2022 the CEO of Fairmont Hot Springs resort, Vivek Sharma, asked women attending the BC Tourism and Hospitality Conference to stand in honour of International Women's Day, then after a round of applause told them to "go clean some rooms and do some dishes." It was a week before he issued an unapologetic "apology" offering to learn how to make the industry a "safer place" for women.[2]

Resort Ownership


1957: Lloyd and Earl Wilder, and a group of investors purchased the resort.[3]

1965 - 2006: Lloyd Wilder becomes sole owner of the resort.[3] The resort is managed by the Wilder family for many years.

Sept 2006 - June 2023: Ken Fowler Enterprises.[4]

June 2023 - Present: Aldestra Hotel Group.[5]

2021 Census


The 2021 census reported a population of 781 people. Fairmont experienced a 37% increase in population between 2016 and 2021- in 2016, the population was only 571.[6] The average age of the population in 2021 was 52.3 years old- this is significantly older than the 2021 national average age of 41.7 years old.[7] These statistics show the popularity of Fairmont as a retirement destination.

Only 50% of the private homes in Fairmont are permanently occupied.[6] This is because Fairmont is a popular tourist destination where many of the houses are used as vacation homes or rented to seasonal staff.




  1. ^ "Fairmont hot springs". Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Resort CEO told Women at BC Conference to "go clean some rooms and do some dishes."".
  3. ^ a b "History". Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Retrieved 19 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Fairmont Hot Springs Resort sold to Ken Fowler Enterprises". FAsken. Retrieved 19 June 2023.
  5. ^ "Aldesta buys 1,229-acre Fairmont Hot Springs Resort property". Real Estate News Exchange. Retrieved 19 June 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Fairmont's 2021 Census Results". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 19 June 2023.
  7. ^ "Canada's population estimates: Age and sex, July 1, 2021". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 19 June 2023.

50°19′01″N 115°52′01″W / 50.317°N 115.867°W / 50.317; -115.867