Radium Hot Springs

Feature Type:Village (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated as a village municipality under the provincial Municipal Act.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E side of Columbia River, N of Invermere, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°37'12''N, 116°04'34''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82K/9

Origin Notes and History:

Radium Hot Springs (Post Office) adopted in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, as labelled on BC map 1EM, 1915, at 50 38 - 116 02. Confirmed 9 June 1960 on 82K. Altered application 31 July 1964 on 82K, to 50 37 - 116 04. Form of name changed to Radium Hot Springs (Community) 28 February 1983 on 82K/9. Incorporated as a Village Municipality 10 December 1990. Radium Hot Springs (Village) confirmed 8 November 1991 on 82K/9. Boundary extension per OIC 533, 27 July 2995.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Sinclair Post Office was opened 1 April 1898, situated at Lot 10113. Name changed to Radium Hot Springs Post Office 1 March 1915; at some point (notice of which was received 12 April 1939) the post office was relocated to Lot 149, 300 yards from the hot springs. At some point (notice of which was received 5 March 1965) the post office was relocated to the junction of Hwy 93 & Hwy 95, the former location of Radium Junction Post Office.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

So-named because of the high radium content in the hotsprings near here. See also the municipality's own website.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"The natural temperature of the main springs of the Sinclair Radium Hot Springs [sic] in Kootenay National Park is about 114 degrees Fahrenheit. The radioactivity in these springs is unusually high and it is believed that their therapeutic efficacy may be partly due to this fact." (extract from Natural Resources Canada, July 1929.)

Source: included with note