P.O. Box 1333 / #3622 North Street
Ainsworth Hot Springs, B.C. CANADA. V0G 1A0
Phone or Fax (Worldwide): 1 (250) 229-4969
Toll Free (Canada & US only): 1 (888) 229-4963
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Pets Welcome at the Mermaid!
There are many walking trails to enjoy only minutes away from the motel, not to mention the lake and beach area across the road from the motel.

Pets are subject to additional pet charges of $10.00/night and pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets, inside and outside.

Aggressive dogs should be kept on a leash while on motel grounds.
How To Get Here


You can travel here by auto, airline, or busline. We are located in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. Only 30 miles north of Nelson, B.C. and only 4 hours drive to Spokane, Washington. (30 meters from the famous Ainsworth Hot Springs pools and cave).

By Airplane:
New: Rocky Mountain International Airport, Cranbrook, BC. Great news - you can now fly directly to and from the U.S. and Canada through this new International Airport. Then you are only 3½ hours drive to Ainsworth Hot Springs.

Castlegar Regional Airport, Castlegar, BC. This local airport accepts flights from international airports such as Vancouver, Calgary, Rocky Mountain Airport and is only a 1½ hour drive to Ainsworth Hot Springs.

Shuttle Fees:
Nelson to Ainsworth, return - $42.00/person
Castlegar Airport to Ainsworth, return - $55.00/person.

The Kootenay Lake Ferries are located approximately 9 miles south of Ainsworth Hot Springs and approximately 1½ hour drive from Creston, BC. It takes 40 minutes to cross the Kootenay Lake. Only the Osprey 2000 have a Coffee Shop on board , but both the Osprey 2000 and the M.V. Balfour have a scenic observation decks.
Map of Canada & US
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Osprey 2000 -
Longest Free Ferry in Canada
Ferry Times:

Driving From Creston or Cranbrook:

You will need to take the Kootenay Lake Ferry @ Kootenay Bay (longest FREE ferry in Canada taking approx. 35 minutes to cross). In summer months, there are 2 ferries running (50 min. apart). Only one ferry running September through May (1 hr. 40 minutes apart).

Driving From Nelson:
Visitors travelling to Ainsworth from Nelson must follow signage directing them to the Kootenay Lake Ferry, (Highway #3A), however, you only drive by the ferry landing, you do not take the ferry. You must cross the Orange Bridge in Nelson to reach #3A, (so you can use that as a good landmark as soon as you arrive in Nelson). Once you arrive at Balfour/ferry landing, you will see directional signs for Ainsworth Hot Springs instructing you to drive 14 km (9 miles) north on Highway #31.

Once you arrive in Ainsworth Hot Springs, look for directional signs for "The Mermaid Lodge & Motel".

Turn off the Highway #31 at Sutton Street, then turn 1st right at the T in the road which leads to our parking lot within 50 feet. You are now on the upper road to the Ainsworth Hot Springs attraction, at pool level and a short 2 minute walk from the Lodge & Motel next door.

Approximate Driving Times:
Vancouver........... 8 hrs
Calgary............... 7 hrs
Spokane............. 4 hrs
Seattle............... 8 hrs
Cranbrook.......... 4 hrs

Speed Limits:
Posted in Metric, ranging from 30km to 100km (Kilometers). To convert km's to miles, multiply the km's x 0.6.
Eg. 50km x 0.6 = 30 miles.

Touring the Kootenay Rockies
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West Kootenay Region
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Distance Chart

Distance Chart
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