Outdoor Learning Adventures in Radium Hot Springs for the Kids!
There is no shortage of family adventures to be had in and around the Village of Radium Hot Springs and Columbia Valley. Scenic, fun, and bustling, Radium Hot Springs is your discovery hub for learning and adventure all summer long.
Day 1: Red Chairs, Visitor Centre, Hot Springs, Market & Music on Main, Selfie Stations
A stop in at the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre is always worth the time. Talk to the trained and expert staff and learn about all there is to see and do as well as where you can explore some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. An attraction in its own right, the Visitor’s Centre is home to a wonderful local wildlife exhibit that includes many pieces to pick up, touch, and feel. The exhibit is constantly growing, and is great for kids of all ages. The exhibit includes print material to take home, or a digital version HERE.
While at the Visitor Centre be sure to inquire about this season’s Interpretive Events hosted by Kootenay National Park. Fun and informative, these programs run through the summer.
Hike off energy with a short but scenic hike with a terrific reward – finding the Kootenay Park Red Chairs! Watch for sheep as you walk up the Juniper Trail across the Radium Hot Springs pools to take in the view from this newly reclaimed area. Parks Canada has placed a set of red Muskoka chairs up Juniper Trail offering exquisite views of surrounding mountains, rivers or lakes.
One of the best activities to kick off your family stay in Radium is a swim and soak in the iconic Radium Hot Springs Pools. It’s not all about the steaming hot mineral pool, however. Columbia Valley summer heat often demands a good cool down and the refreshing cool pool adjacent to the hot springs is perfect for swimming laps, monkeying around with the kids, or just enjoying a cool, rejuvenating dip after a hot soak in the healing mineral waters, nestled beneath rugged rock cliffs.
If you’ve arrived to Radium on a Friday, you’re in luck! Have a wonderful time exploring the vibrant farmers market – fresh local fruits and veggies, handcrafts, art, clothing, and more – and take in the exceptional local talent at Market & Music on Main, weekly throughout the summer.
Be sure, throughout your stay, to visit each of the Selfie Stations around town to document the wonderful family memories you’re sure to be making.
Dinner: take advantage of a delicious variety of tasty, family-friendly dining options. Pizza, tacos, schnitzel the options are truly endless when it comes to great food for the whole family. Not to mention a refreshing glass of BC beer, wine or spirits for mom and dad.
Day 2: Junior Naturalist Program and Columbia River Paddle
Breakfast: begin the morning off right with a home-cooked breakfast pancakes, waffles, a hearty breakfast burrito or traditional bacon ’n eggs in one of the delicious eateries nearby. Don’t forget to stock up on sandwiches and snacks for later!
If your kids are into climbing trees, finding that gopher tunnel, or jumping in puddles you have to check out the Junior Naturalist Program. A two-hour summer day camp for children ages 6- 12 providing your child with a unique opportunity to have a blast and engage with all the outdoors of beautiful Kootenay National Park. From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, each day will be filled with different activities. Junior Naturalists will enjoy explorative hikes, interactive games, and hands-on examination of models and artifacts.
Enjoy a family paddle on the Columbia River. Rent a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board from Far Out Adventure Hub and experience the beauty, wildlife and history of one of North America’s largest remaining wetlands. Hear the birds sing and spot osprey, bald eagles, red tail deer and other wildlife. Opt for the guided trip or, for the more confident and experienced on the water, go it on your own. Choose from two exceptional river experiences: Radium to Edgewater, 1-2 hours; or Invermere to Radium, 3-5 hours.
Dinner: with so much activity, sunshine, and fresh air everyone will be eager for a great meal – an evening of casual family dining in one of Radium’s quality restaurants or enjoy an evening meal in beautiful Invermere on the Lake. Enjoy great food in a family-friendly atmosphere, winding down after your day of Rocky Mountain learning and adventure.
Day 3: Adventure Radium, Sinclair Creek, and the Candy Store!
Breakfast: Grab a great coffee or quick breakfast at a nearby cafe to start the day.
Another fun and interpretive experience for the youngsters, Adventure Radium is a summer program presented by the Village of Radium Hot Springs. The program is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, throughout the summer and is divided into 2 separate, 2 1/2 hour sessions, for kids 5-8 and those 8 and older, respectively. Children will enjoy age-appropriate games, crafts and activities.
Bike riding for mom and dad. While the kids are adventuring, take this time to rent bikes and enjoy a peaceful ride along scenic Old Coach Trail. As long or short as you’d like, and for any skill level, this historic route winds along the bench lands above the Columbia River, offering fantastic views of the wetlands below.
Reunited with the kids, more outdoor exploring and fun awaits on the scenic and leisurely Sinclair Creek Trail. The Trail is a loop of approximately 2.5 km in length and provides a series of information kiosks outlining points of interest along the scenic route adjacent to the peaceful creek, which serve to educate users on the environment and history of the area. Perfect for a pre-dinner stroll for all, no matter how young or old.
Dinner: a day on the river will leave you hungry for great food! The perfect way to bring this fun, active, Rocky Mountain getaway to a fitting close is another delicious meal – perhaps visit a wine bar or pub to start, and then a short stroll through town to settle into one of the many fine restaurants Radium has to offer.
There’s nothing like exploring an old school candy shop. Head over to the Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe for a treat for all the kids, big and small. A sweet way to end the day!