At the west edge of Kootenay National Park, the town of Radium Hot Springs is a swift change from the natural idyll. Motels, cafés, and gas stations line Hwy-93 block after block, and apart from satisfying your fuel-and-food needs, there’s not a lot here. The one good place to eat is Springs Elevation Restaurant, west of town on the golf course at family-friendly Springs Course (250/347-6200 or 800/667-6444, C$110 and up). Standard motels here include the Alpen Motel (250/347-9823, C$79-139).
The actual hot springs from which the town takes its name are just east, inside the park boundary. Unfortunately, the water is heavily chlorinated, and there are no “natural” springs left.