A recent camping trip to the breathtaking White Swan Lake Provincial Park, BC allowed us to stumble upon the hidden gem that is Lussier Hot Springs. Whilst driving along the windy and treacherous White Swan Forestry logging road, you'll pass a huge sign for the hot springs along with parking spaces, and even a changing room! A short downwards trail (less than 5 minutes) into the valley allows you to easily access these majestic mineral water hot springs.
The Lussier Hot Springs are very different to that of the Banff Upper Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs as they lay naturally in a beautiful wilderness setting alongside the fast-flowing cold water rapids of the Lussier River. The hot springs are divided into three separate shallow pools by huge rocks, each one ranging in temperature depending on its closeness to the river - the hottest one stays at a toasty 110°F. Possibly the best thing about this place is that it's absolutely free! We'd recommend going in the morning if you want the hot springs all to yourself, as it can get pretty busy during the day.
Back in the day, Kootenai native people frequently hunted around White Swan Lake. To soothe their bodies and feet they would take a dip in the hot mineral waters of the Lussier Hot Springs.
To get to these remote hot springs, drive along highway 93/95 and turn east onto White Swan Forestry road. Follow this gravel logging road for 18km to reach your wilderness destination. Remember to be extremely cautious of the large trucks hauling past whilst on this windy narrow road. (From Banff, the journey takes about three and a half hours but it is definitely worth it!)
For more information, check out the White Swan Lake Provincial Park page here.