A July 2005 trip
to British Columbia by HeatherPat
Quote: Majestic Red Mountains, Natural Hot Springs, Lakes, Forests, Parks... no wonder they call it God's Country. We spent a week at the Radium Valley Resort. Every day there was more to see and do. This was a perfect family vacation.
Hotel | "Radium Valley Vacation Resort"
Our bedroom had a queen-sized bed with TV/VCR unit and a walk-out patio. The ensuite had a huge Jacuzzi tub, a separate shower, and excellent lighting.
The second bedroom had a double bed, as was a wee bit smaller, but great for our daughter.
The third bedroom had two single beds. The sofa in the living room was able to be another double bed, if required.
We had a patio at the front of the house, which had a propane barbecue on it. Great for cooking our dinners.
The resort also is an RV camping spot. For those who enjoy that type of travel, they really should check this out. At each site there were cement pads, grass areas, individual gazebos with cupboards, and each one was "pull through."
The whole resort had security gates, so you felt very safe when walking around the grounds in the evening.
The recreation complex had a hot tub, games room, library, and TV room. There was a jigsaw puzzle set out on a table so people could go in there and relax by putting puzzle pieces together. We thought that was neat! There was also an indoor pool, which was being resurfaced, so we didn't get to use it. It was the middle of July so the outdoor pool was fine. They could spend a bit more time cleaning it, though. We found that there was a "ring" of dirt around the pool. We didn't use it that often after that.
All in all, the timeshare was very enjoyable. We found that it's location was ideally suited to us, for those day trips to Banff, Lake Louise, Invermere and Panorama.
The resort offers a pancake breakfast on Saturday mornings, but that was check-out day for us and we had to be on our way before it started. There didn't seem to be any other planned activities.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2005
Radium Hot Springs
4836a Radium Blvd
Panorama, British Columbia
1) The roads are plenty wide enough for you to pull to the side ...remember that it is you that has to yield.
2) It is dirt, but well kept.
3) The drivers of those huge trucks realize that there are cars and small trucks (even RV's) using their road.
From where you turn off the highway, you travel 13.3 miles, or 21.3 kilometers. There is a parking area, an outhouse or two and there is even a sign now! When looking at your map, it is at the beginning ot WhiteSwan Park.
There is a semi-steep path leading from the road down to the edge of Lussier River. You follow down the slope to the bottom. It is an gentle hike, but those with knee problems or other health issues won't find it easy. It is fairly short, though, and well worth the effort.
Just follow your nose. As with all hot springs, there is the distinct "sulphuric" or "rotten-egg" smell that accompanies it.
The temperature that is listed on our map is 110 degrees farenheit. It was pretty close to that, but not quite. You have to get in slowly because of the heat. After about 15 minutes, I moved down closer to the river where other people had made their own little pools that allowed cold water from the river to mix in with the hot spring water. This made a very comfortable mix. Do be careful when you enter the water, the rocks are slippery!
There is another hot spring, called "Ram Creek" which we went to as well. We really don't recommend that one. You have to drive on 6.8 miles of washed out unused logging road. It was like driving on a creekbed the whole way, and the hot springs are not as warm as the Lussier. To get to the Ram Creek springs you turn off at Skookumchuck (yes, that is a town).
If you would like a great map, just email us and I can scan you the one we have.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2005
Lussier Hot Spring
Off a Logging Road
Prince George, British Columbia
Campbell River, British Columbia