Mermaid Lodge & Motel


3622 North Street
Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia
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Set amidst the Selkirk Mountain Range, Ainsworth Hot Springs is the oldest settlement alongside the pristine Kootenay Lake. Its 'healing waters' have been soothing aches and pains since the early 1800s, when it was first discovered by the Kutenai Indians.

Whether you choose a modest room in the historical lodge or modern motel accommodation in the newer kitchenette complex, you will enjoy panoramic views of the Kootenay Lake and Purcell Mountains. All units are also conveniently located only 30 meters from the Ainsworth Hot Springs Pools and Caves.

The motel style sleeping units are self-contained, with no kitchenette facilities, only an in-room coffee maker. They contain 1 queen bed, 1 double bed, 1 sofa-bed, a washroom with toilet, sink $ shower and balconies with lake & mountain views. They are capable of sleeping up to 6 persons, depending upon age.

History and mystery abound at "The Mermaid", presently the oldest building on the Kootenay Lake still in operation.

The Hot Springs caves were first discovered by the native Kootenay Indians who would avail themselves to the healing waters, to soothe their aches and pains. When the gold rush hit, miners hoped to strike a rich vein from within the walls of the caves but could only find more hot water, eventually abandoning the idea of mining that particular cave and settled for soaking in the cave waters instead.

The historical lodge was originally built in 1891, by Sheriff Henry Anderson. Anderson was famous for apprehending 'The Bluebell Murderer' at the Bluebell mine site in Riondel. Because there were no railroads to transport the prisoner to trial, they had to endure a 3-day trek on horse-back across the treacherous Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. After three long years, Robert Sproule was found guilty of the murder, and was hung for the crime based on circumstantial evidence.

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Mermaid Lodge & Motel Amenities

  • Satellite Wireless - High Speed Internet
  • Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
  • Free Satellite Radio and TV
  • Movie Rentals
  • Towels and Maid Service
  • Complimentary Coffee & Tea
  • Onsite BBQ