Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia

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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 has a population of 476, but receives frequent tourists from Calgary. 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 double chair and two surface lifts), 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.

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  1. ^ "Fairmont hot springs". Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 17 November 2020.

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