The caves are a unique feature of Ainsworth Hot Springs resort. This photo was taken using a Canon G10 in an underwater case

The caves are a unique feature of Ainsworth Hot Springs resort. This photo was taken using a Canon G10 in an underwater case

Ainsworth caves closed for two-week reno

The popular caves at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort are closed until the middle of the month for an overhaul.

The popular caves at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort are closed until the middle of the month for an overhaul.

General manager Rod Bateman said they are replacing the tiles and re-doing the lighting, a job that will keep a crew of eight to ten busy for two weeks.

The tiles are at the end of their life and will be replaced with a lighter colour scheme, Bateman said.

The lighting in the caves was replaced two years ago with a fibre optic system, but there have since been some problems.

“To do the tile work we have to pull the fibre back,” Bateman said. “We’ll replace it and hopefully it will be a better, more stable job.”

The main pool, restaurant, and hotel will all remain open during the work. Bateman said they will announce on their Facebook page when the caves re-open.

Although described as caves, they’re actually man-made. The original tunnel was blasted in 1911 during the first failed attempt to develop the springs commercially and in 1930, owner John Burns hired miner Bob Sherraden to add a second tunnel and cross passage.