Kraus Hot Springs on the Nahanni River

A highlight for many who journey down the Nahanni River with us is a relaxing soak in the soothing 32°C waters of Kraus Hot Springs.
People soaking in Kraus Hot Springs on the Nahanni River in Nahanni National Park in Canada's Northwest Territories.
Soaking in the sulphide-scented natural hot tub on the other side of First Canyon. (Photo: Noel Hendrickson)

A highlight for many who journey down the Nahanni River with us is a relaxing soak in the soothing 32°C waters of Kraus Hot Springs. We arrive at the springs after paddling through Nahanni’s spectacular First Canyon, the steepest and deepest of them all.  This sulfuric hot spring is an idyllic spa in the wilderness. It smells like rotten eggs but it feels like heaven.

The hotsprings were named after Mary and Gus Kraus who resided there between 1940 and 1971. The only structure remaining is a small cabin which functioned as an outbuilding. Garden parsnip and a few other exotic plants grow in the area, a legacy from the Kraus’ garden.

Kraus Hot Springs on the Nahanni River. (Photo: Noel Hendrickson)

Small cabin located at Kraus Hot Springs.

Hotsprings mud “spa treatments” on the Nahanni River. (Photo: Noel Hendrickson)

 

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Neil Hartling

Neil Hartling

Neil Hartling is the founder of Nahanni River Adventures and Cana­dian River Expeditions, an author and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

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