This summer, during my family's annual trip to British Columbia, I had the chance to do a quick check-up on the natural hot springs located beneath the commercialized Fairmont Hot Springs. After two years of people commenting on my blog, lamenting on the hot springs' state of disrepair, I had to see for myself. I'd promised my readers to let them know if the springs had changed much from when I'd visited last.
|Fairmont Hot Springs as they appeared in 2012 - beautiful 'warm' pools to lounge in.|
My husband, daughter and I took the familiar path down towards the RV park outside the commercial springs. A creek runs down the mountainside, separating the resort from the camping area. Just beside the creek, a gravel trail (now fixed from the muddy mess we encountered last time, after the big mud slide in 2012) leads you down towards the hot pool run-off areas.
|The road to the former natural hot springs in Fairmont, British Columbia.|
|The gravel trail leading down to where the Fairmont Natural Hot Springs used to be|
|It may be a water outflow area, but it used to be so nice...|
Further down the path, just another five minutes, is the area where there USED to be three fantastic naturally formed hot pools. A waterfall, shooting warm water run-off from the resort hot pool, USED to supply the natural hot pools with their heat. (People have debated whether or not the hot pools I am talking about are indeed 'natural' since they are supplied with run-off from the commercial pool, but I argue that the commercial pool is fed from a natural spring, so it's just as natural as the resort pool, if not more... but I digress.) My point is, when we arrived at the area where the natural pools USED to be - they weren't there.
|The area where the Fairmont natural hot pool used to be is now just a water run-off area - so sad!|
I wasn't surprised. Several people had commented on my Natural Hot Springs blog post that the pools had been destroyed during clean-up from the mud slide. I was expecting to see what I saw: a small waterfall sending tepid water down to a pile of jagged rocks, the water sliding down the rumpled and crumbled hill to the creek beyond. One teeny tiny pool persisted, but it wouldn't be big enough for one person to lounge in and soak. The whole area was destroyed, sadly.
|The one tiny hot pool left over from the razing of the Fairmont natural hot springs.|
I'm not sure why this happened - I know there was a mudslide, but I'm not sure why there was a need to annihilate the natural pools when they were obviously still in good shape after the mudslide occurred. Perhaps there was a safety issue? I didn't see a safety issue when I was there last, but Mother Nature is unpredictable and ever-changing, and who is to say something dangerous didn't arise? Another possibility is that the Fairmont Resort prefers to have people come and pay to swim in their hot spring, and not to sit in the natural ones just below the resort. But who knows?
|We enjoyed the hike down the trail, regardless of whether or not the natural hot pools were there.|
Despite the reason why, the fact is that there are no more natural hot pools to enjoy in Fairmont, B.C., unless you go to the Fairmont Resort Hot Springs. Read about some other, true NATURAL hot springs in British Columbia in my post on Lussier Hot Springs!