|Columbia River Wetlands about 5 miles south of Radium Hot springs looking west toward the Purcell Mountains.|
It was an easy, but long trip north from Coeur d'Alene and the border crossing took all of 30 seconds. Nothing like our experience crossing into Vancouver. The drive up to Radium was through a long narrow valley which encompasses the headwaters of the Columbia River. Over 80 rivers feed into the Columbia creating a large wetlands with marshes of horsetails and cattails, streams crisscrossing each other, ponds, flowing rivers, and lakes. The area is not inhabited due to the seasonal flooding so it provides a wonderful sanctuary for all kinds of waterfowl, hawks, wolves, black bear, and smaller animals.
|Radium Valley Vacation Resort|
We stayed in the Radium Valley Vacation Resort and although it was convenient to the town, the hot springs, and the drive over to Banff, we would not stay there again because of the nature of the park. What we did not know until we got there was that it was an RCI park which caters to family camping and there were children everywhere, including in our site, babies crying at midnight, babies in diapers in the hot tub and swimming pool of the resort, and there were fines for not obeying the rules, which were numerous.
|Radium Hot Springs, Kootenay National Park|
|Fairmont Hot Springs|
|Bighorn Sheep in downtown Radium|
|Entrance to Kootenay National Park|
|Lake Louise water tastes good.|
|Looking back towards the Hotel|