TAKE A DIP IN LUSSIER HOT SPRINGS | MOUNTOWN JOURNAL
ENTRY BY JEREMY/HI54LOFI | JULY 2016
If you've ever visited the hot springs at Banff or Radium or Fairmont and thought to yourself — "this feels/looks exactly like being in a normal outdoor swimming pool… who's to really say the water's actually NATURALLY heated" — then you are going to want to take the 1 hour drive from Kimberley (20 minutes of that drive in on narrow-ish at times gravel road up a mountain) to the picturesque and without-a-doubt NATURALLY heated Lussier Hot Springs.
It's an easy spot to find. You just drive up Whiteswan Lake Forest Road until the pretty obvious Lussier Hot Springs parking lot appears on your right, about 17km off the highway.
Since it's pretty easy to find (with an official parking lot & signage and change room), you're going to want to get there early in the day to beat the rush of other people (we've been twice so far, and arriving at 10am was A LOT less crowded than the time we arrived around 3pm). Depending on the time of the year and the level of the river, there can be 1-4 naturally occurring pools of varying water temperatures to sit in (the closer to the river the pool is, the cooler it is… because river water gets in and other science stuff).
All in all, it's all pretty lovely…
If you've never been to a naturally occurring hot spring, mentally prepare yourself beforehand for the pretty strong and constant smell of sulphur (that's that natural heating smell™). So maybe have an egg sandwich in the morning to get yourself in the zone. After you've got you soak on and it's time to go, try to rinse yourself off in the cold ass river, which is not only super refreshing but also helps wash the smell off for your fellow passengers on the ride home. Or at least it gives you the feeling that you washed the smell off, but maybe the lingering smell we experienced was from everyone eating egg sandwiches earlier.
Before you drive straight back the way you came, if you've got the time for it, head a few more minutes up the gravel road and check out the 2 lakes, Whiteswan and Alces, that are just around the corner from the hot springs. They're both pretty to look at and lot less crowded.
So a good spot to take another egg cleansing dip if it's a hot summer day. And if it’s winter, well, the views and scenery are still pretty enough to forget all about those hints of sulphur on your skin.
All in all, it's a nice way to spend a day if you've ever felt a little let down by the unnaturalness of the more official hot spring options in the area.