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Why you should visit Halcyon Hot Springs, Nakusp

by Karen Ung
With stunning views of Upper Arrow Lake and the Monashee Mountains, and several mineral pools, Halcyon Hot Springs is the ultimate hot springs destination (and our new favorite hot springs). Whether you like it hot, or wish to cool off on a warm day, Halcyon has a pool that is just right for you! While you’re there, enjoy a spa treatment and delicious meal at the renowned Kingfisher Restaurant. Lodging is available at the resort if you’d like to stay a while.

The Pools

Halcyon Hot Springs has the largest offerings of pools we’ve ever experienced – a hot pool, warm pool, ice cold plunge pool, and seasonal (lukewarm) swimming pool – and we enjoyed them all! With so many pools to choose from, none were crowded!

Warm Pool, Halcyon Hot Springs

I recommend tuckering the kids out in the swimming pool first, so you can savor a long, luxurious soak in the warm pool after. For a wonderful, weightless feeling, grab a couple pool noodles (there are plenty poolside), lie back, and float in the healing waters.

Seasonal Swimming Pool, Halcyon Hot Springs

The setting is serene and the scenery is amazing, so you will want to stay a while! We will definitely bring a book next time so we can read between soaking sessions.

Plunge Pool, Halcyon Hot Springs

Fun fact: The hot springs’ name is derived from the Greek myth of the goddess Alcyon, daughter of Aeolus, ruler of the winds. When Alcyon’s husband died in a shipwreck, she threw herself into the sea, whereupon she and her husband were turned into halcyon birds (European Kingfishers). Each winter when she laid her eggs near shore, Aeolus calmed the winds so the eggs wouldn’t be washed away. Later, ‘halcyon days’ became known as time of peace.


The Kingfisher Restaurant at Halcyon Hot Springs offers local fare with flare in a gorgeous setting overlooking the lake. A splash of chocolate syrup makes a mojito decadent, while cabbage is swapped for daikon to make a delightfully refreshing coleslaw, and port demiglaze brings out the richness of the ribeye.  We loved the Dungeness Dip, Pacific Sockeye Salmon, and 63 Acres Ribeye, and were pleased to see healthy options on the kids menu like salmon (which my eldest daughter chose) and grilled chicken.

Kingfisher Restaurant and Lounge, Halcyon Hot Springs
Pacific Sockeye Salmon, Kingfisher Restaurant

Save room for dessert as there are several tantalizing creations to choose from!

Hazelnut Parfait, Kingfisher Restaurant

The Spa at Halcyon

Halcyon Hot Springs boasts a first class spa that uses hypoallergenic, organic products. For a special treat, book a Spa, Lunch, and Dip Day Package!


Halcyon Hot Springs Resort offers a range of accommodation options from campsites (unserviced power, or full hookup sites) to cabins, cottages, and luxurious chalets. For more information, or to book now, please visit:

Cabin at Halcyon Hot Springs Resort

Things to Do in Nakusp

  • Nakusp Waterfront Walk and Beach: Don’t miss Music in the Park on summer Wednesday nights 6:30 pm – 8 pm.
  • Nakusp Farmer’s Market: Saturdays at the Old Fire Hall 10 am – 2 pm (summer only)
  • Paddling on Arrow Lakes: Canoe, kayak and SUP rentals are available to resort guests
  • Fishing: There is incredible trout fishing at Arrow Lakes!
  • Camping at McDonald Creek Provincial Park
  • Hiking: Halfway Hot Springs (natural hot springs), Kuskanax Creek Bridge & Kuskanax Falls, and Idaho Peak are some of the more popular hikes in the area. See Nakusp Trails for more information.
  • Mountain Biking
Stand up paddleboarding on Upper Arrow Lake, Nakusp

Getting There

Halcyon Hot Springs is located 35 km north of Nakusp, BC in the beautiful west Kootenays on Hwy 23. It is about a 6 hour drive from Calgary including a fun, free ferry ride across Upper Arrow Lake.
If driving from Nakusp, don’t miss Ione Falls. The 18-metre high falls are located 21 km north of Nakusp, on Hwy 23, at the Rest Area on the right hand side of the road.For more information, including hours and admission rates, visit Halcyon Hot Springs at https://halcyon-hotsprings.com/.
Ione Falls, Nakusp


Halcyon Hot Springs generously hosted me and my family, but all words and opinions are my own.

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