Reconnect with your primal roots and experience a getaway at Halfway Hot Springs. Located almost literally "halfway" between Nakusp and Revelstoke, these springs are bubbling right out of the hillside along a river. The springs feed via an amateur tube network into makeshift hot tubs and others into rock-lined mud-bottomed hot pools. For most, the area is an hour driving away from the bustling confusion and distraction of city life, including cell service. Disconnect, relax, and rejuvenate.
As of August 2016, Halfway Hot Springs has now been fully developed by BC Parks. The fee is $12/night from May 1st through October 31st every year. The new site host ("Bob") lives on and maintains the site. Please respect the area and pack out what you bring in. There are 12 vehicle-access camping spots, and another 10 spread out through the forest.
Halfway is a fantastic winter escape for snowshoers. Park on the highway and begin your 11 kilometre trek down the snowed in forest service road for the heated reward that awaits you at the end!
St. Leon Hot Springs
These springs are entirely different than Halfway, even though they are just up the road. See stleonhotsprings.com for more information.
Preparation & Amenities
There is are a few outhouses, but that is where the amenities end. Most of the campsites now have fire-pits, massive BC Parks-style tables, and a sand tent pad. Bring your own firewood, toilet paper, clean drinking water (or pump), and all of the other usual camping gear. Pack lightly, efficiently, but completely. The hike down is very steep to the springs, and visitors are no longer permitted to camp at them. Camping must be done at the new drive-in sites above.
Plan Your Route
Driving time to the destination is approximately four hours if leaving from downtown Kelowna, and includes the free Needles-Faquier ferry. The ferry leaves every 30 minutes, and only takes about 10 minutes to cross the river. Drive from Kelowna to Nakusp, despite what your GPS or Google may say about taking a route through Revelstoke. The Faquier route is faster as the Needles ferry is a much shorter ride and less painful if you miss it. However, the highway you will follow out of Vernon is substantially windier and not recommended at night. Take the Revelstoke route if coming from Kamloops or Salmon Arm. Essentially, get to Nakusp, BC as it is the starting point for our directions.
Needles-Fauquier Ferry Information
- Departure from Needles (Vernon Side): 15 min and 45 min past the hour
- Departure from Fauquier (Nakusp Side): On the hour, and 30 min past the hour
- Capacity: 30 vehicles
- Crossing Time: 5 to 15 min
- Operating Times: 24-hours per day
- Phone: +1 (250) 265-2105
- Web: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/marine/ferry_schedules.htm#needles
Directions from Kelowna
- Drive to Nakusp, BC and begin the journey at the corner of "Broadway St W" and "6th Ave SW" where the Overwaitea/Coopers Foods is located. Reset odometer trip-planner in your car to zero.
- Drive North on 6th Ave which continues onto Canyon Road North (Highway 6) towards Revelstoke. Continue on this road for 25.42 kilometres.
- Just before 25.42 km there is a short bridge, two turn offs, and then the "Halfway River" turn-off. Our turn-off is the one right before the Halfway River bridge and is relatively clear and often marked with ribbon. If you take the turn-off after the "Halfway River" bridge, you'll wind up on the wrong (North) side of the river on a different road.
- Continue on this dirt forest service road for almost exactly 11 kilometres and GO SLOWLY to avoid flat tires. There are a few forks in the road before the 11 km marker, but take none of them: stay on the road that looks the most used!
- At the 11 km fork you can either head down towards the springs on a VERY rough dirt road on foot, or in an SUV. It's a muddy and rough adventure, so for the wiser traveller, continue along the main road for another few hundred meters to reach another fork in the road which provides easier access to the springs.
- If at the second access fork to the springs, park and walk down the left-hand trail or drive if your vehicle will allow it for another couple hundred meters. The trailhead will be on your left and is moderately narrow. Begin your hiking descent to the springs!
- The trail eventually comes to a small camping area with an outhouse. Don't be fooled; this isn't the springs! Continue to the right on the backside of the outhouse down the VERY steep hill until you encounter a large boulder, the outhouse, and main campsites.
Looking for more specific directions? Do you have a GPS-capable phone like an iPhone or Android? Please contact us to order our custom tailored GPS maps! We sell them for $20 per copy and will get you to within 5 meters of the springs without fail! Cell data service is not required, just a GPS-capable phone with the appropriate app installed. While our GPS maps are completely accurate, we disclaim any and all liability for your trip to and at Halfway.
- The drive to Halfway includes a very rough forest service road. This is poorly maintained and can be tricky at best in a small car, but it is doable. 4x4-capable vehicles are highly recommended.
- The forest service road is often snowy right up until mid-April. Weather then deteriorates around the end of October, leaving the best and most popular travel dates mid-May through mid-October.
- There is a lot of poison ivy at the site. Please do your research and avoid it!
- The pools are not chlorinated; usage is at your own risk. Despite the healing mineral properties in the water, and the natural sulphur, bacteria and viruses can still grow here. Do not submerse your head in the pools or enter if you have open wounds.
- The hike down is very short (less than one kilometre), but it traverses down a very steep embankment.
- Avoid visiting the springs after the Shambhala music festival as it is often overrun with festival goers that regularly trash the place.
- Clothing is optional, according to many of the signs. However, public nudity in Canada is still illegal and we have heard stories of police arriving during popular times to search for drugs and stop criminal activity.
- Keep forest fires far away from the roots of trees as they can cause underground root fires that could permanently destroy the area.
- Watch for broken glass!
Feeling adventurous and want to trek to a very private and forgotten hot springs nearby? Are you prepared for a short but gruelling uphill mountain trek that involves crossing over rapids on a dangerous makeshift zip line? Ask me. A private information package with GPS co-ordinates and directions to this secret springs available for $999. Within 1 hour of backroad driving from the campsite at Halfway Hot Springs. Go at your own risk! I assume no liability for any death or injury that may occur.
This is not an official resource page for Halfway Hot Springs. This page is maintained by a volunteer. Usage of the springs is entirely at your own risk! As I do not frequent the springs monthly, I am afraid I cannot provide updates on the condition of the springs, weather or road (notably in the winter).