Radium Hot Springs

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Radium Hot Springs
Village of Radium Hot Springs[1]
Radium Hot Springs BC Welcome Sign.JPG
Radium Hot Springs is located in British Columbia
Radium Hot Springs
Location of Radium Hot Springs in British Columbia
Coordinates: 50°37′03″N 116°04′19″W / 50.6175°N 116.072°W / 50.6175; -116.072Coordinates: 50°37′03″N 116°04′19″W / 50.6175°N 116.072°W / 50.6175; -116.072
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Columbia Valley/East Kootenay (Canadian Rockies)
Regional district East Kootenay
Incorporated 1991
 • Governing body Radium Town Council
 • Mayor Clara Reinhardt
 • Land 6.34 km2 (2.45 sq mi)
Elevation 808 m (2,651 ft)
Population (2016)[2]
 • Total 776
 • Density 122.4/km2 (317/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code V0A 1M0
Area code(s) 250 / 778 / 236
Highways Hwy 93
Hwy 95
Waterways Columbia River
Website Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs, informally and commonly called Radium, is a village of 776 residents situated in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. The village is named for the hot springs located in the nearby Kootenay National Park. From Banff, Alberta, it is accessible via Highway 93.

The hot springs were named after the radioactive element when an analysis of the water showed that it contained small traces of radon which is a decay product of radium.[3] The radiation dosage from bathing in the pools is inconsequential; approximately 0.13 millirems (1.3 μSv) from the water for a half-hour bathing, around ten times average background levels. The air concentration of radon is about 23 picocuries (0.85 Bq) per litre which is higher than the level (4 picocuries per litre) at which mitigation is necessary at residences; but is also inconsequential (about 0.7 mrem or 7.0 μSv for a half-hour bathing) from a dose impact perspective. [4]


Looking north on BC93 / BC95 at Radium Hot Springs

Radium is located 16 km north of the tourist town of Invermere, and 105 km south of Golden, British Columbia. It is located at the junction of Highway 95 and Highway 93, in the Columbia River valley, between the river and Kootenay National Park.

Wildlife in the area includes mule deer, grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.


The hot-water pool at Radium Hot Springs.

Several golf courses are located nearby, along with 675 hotel and motel rooms.

Hot springs[edit]

The hot springs complex itself contains two large pools, one with hot water for soaking (usually around the temperature of 39 °C (102 °F), the other a two-thirds Olympic swimming pool that is usually around 29 °C (84 °F). There is also a hot-tub-sized pool that has been dubbed the "Plunge Pool", because the water can be hot – right from the source at 44 °C (111 °F) – or cold, right from a creek running beneath the pools.


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