British Columbia has a large number of hot springs, many of which are situated
in some of the most scenic areas in the world. While most springs are often located
in delightful undeveloped areas, often reached after a long hike up a mountain
valley, some have been developed into international resort destinations. Either
way, allow plenty of time to experience the wonders that await you in British
Springs in the West Kootenays
of the Kootenays and BC Rockies
In the heart of the Kootenay wilderness is the community
of Ainsworth Hot Springs. Set into the mountainside overlooking the vast expanse
of Kootenay Lake and the Purcell Mountains is Ainsworth Hot Springs resort, which
features three odourless pools, a 150-foot unique horseshoe-shaped cave, main
lounging pool and stream-fed cold plunge. A highlight of the natural hot springs
is the horseshoe cave, which offers an exhilarating experience.
on Ainsworth Hot Springs.
The Canyon Hot Springs are located in Albert Canyon in
British Columbia's spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains east of Revelstoke, between
Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke National Parks. Canyon Hot Springs resort is open in
summer, from May to September. Whether you choose to soak in the 15,000-gallon
hot pool or swim in the 60,000-gallon warm swimming pool, your visit is sure to
be an exhilarating experience.
on Canyon Hot Springs.
From Nakusp drive north on Hwy 23 to Halcyon Hot Springs,
located on the shores of beautiful Arrow Lakes. Halcyon's beneficial hot mineral
waters have a unique combination of sodium, lithium, magnesium, calcium, and strontium,
which can provide relief from arthritis, osteoporosis, and gout. Halcyon Hot Springs
is surrounded by spectacular alpine peaks, crystal blue lakes, rivers and streams,
an abundance of wildlife, and a magical legend.
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Nakusp Hot Springs, located just outside the community
of Nakusp, is a wonderful place to relax, kick back, and enjoy the soothing mineral
waters of the naturally heated mineral springs. Although the Nakusp Hot Springs
might lack some of the drama of the horseshoe-shaped tunnel at Ainsworth Hot Springs,
they nonetheless provide an equally vivid hot-spring experience. The setting is
a narrow canyon through which the Kuskanax River runs.
on Nakusp Hot Springs.
Springs in the BC Rockies
of the Kootenays and BC Rockies
Hot Springs Resort
community of Fairmont Hot Springs is nestled in the Columbia River Valley, between
the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the Purcell Mountain range, just outside Kootenay
National Park. With
two championship golf courses, spa facilities and the largest natural mineral
hot pools in Canada that are a legendary attraction, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
attracts visitors from all over the world.
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The wilderness Lussier Hot Springs are located near the
western boundary of Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, within the Kootenay Range
of the Rocky Mountains . Whiteswan forestry Road climbs steadily from Hwy 93/95,
entering Lussier Gorge, where a maintained walking trail leads down to a set of
four delightful rock pools alongside the Lussier River that are very popular during
the summer months.
on Lussier Hot Springs.
The village of Radium Hot Springs is little more than
a support system for area vacation development; gas stations, a couple of cafes,
and a string of motels that grow denser as one nears the hot springs at Radium
Hot Springs. But people come here for more than the town that is located within
the boundaries of Kootenay National Park, they come here for the natural hot springs,
and Canada's largest hot springs pool.
on Radium Hot Springs.
Ram Creek Hot Springs
The luke warm Ram Creek Hot Springs are clear and odourless, with an average temperature
range from 30°C to 35°C (86°F to 95°F). The pools are not accessible by vehicle
during the winter months. A snowmobile or cross-country skis are required. From
Skookumchuk watch for the sign to Premier Lake. Head up Premier Lake Road and
pass the turnoff to Premier Lake after 8 km. Continue travelling straight, now
on the gravel Sheep Creek Road North. Following the main road for approximately
12 km, the road curves right and up the hill. There is room to park on the left
hand side. You will see hot springs trickling towards the road, and a path up
a slope to the springs, which are located in an ecological reserve. From Lussier
Hot Springs you can reach Ram Creek Hot Springs by way of back roads in approximately
Dewar Creek Hot Springs
The Dewar Creek Hot Springs
are undeveloped, and the spring water is too hot to bathe in. From Marysville,
south of Kimberley on Highway 95A, drive 38.1 km west on St. Mary Lake Forestry
Road. The turnoff to Dewar Creek Road is 500 metres beyond the prominent White
Creek bridge. Avoid the left turn onto the signed West Fork St. Mary River Road.
Turn right (north) on to Dewar Creek Road, continue 22.7 km to the end of the
road and park in a large cleared area. Hike approximately 9 km on the forested
Dewar Creek Trail, an outfitters horse trail that can be muddy and indistinct
in places. This is a day hike, and the trail can be difficult to follow as it
forges the creek numerous times and overlaps game trails at several places.
Creek Hot Springs
Buhl Creek Hot Springs are worth a visit in late summer
when the water is warmest and if you don't mind a long but scenic drive over logging
roads to get there (off Skookumchuck Forest Road). These small, creekside hot
springs are found in their natural state, with clear and tasteless water. Good
swimming in Skookumchuk Creek adds to the visit.
Octopus Creek Hot Springs
These hot springs are very secluded. Experienced map and compass skills, hiking
and bushwacking up the creek are required to find them - located south of Applegrove.
Round trip will take about 6 hours.
in Greater Vancouver & Coast Mountain Region
of Vancouver, Coast & Mountains
The Harrison Hot Springs form the centrepiece of a luxury
hotel resort. The pools at the resort are for hotel guests only, but there is
a public pool one block east of the hotel. The large, wonderfully warm public
soaking pool has cooled hot spring water pumped into it. The mineral rich hot
springs at Harrison were originally used by the Salish Coast Natives who arrived
by canoe to benefit from the rejuvenating waters.
on Harrison Hot Springs.
Creek Hot Spring
Visitors seeking to rejuvenate their soul should
venture out to Meager Creek Hot Spring, tucked away in the Coast Mountains near
Pemberton, northwest of Vancouver. The Japanese-style hot spring, in a natural
outdoor setting, offers a change room and two natural rock baths. The spring has
a nominal entrance fee.
on Meager Creek Hot Spring
Hot Springs/St. Agnes Well Hot Springs
Skookumchuck Hot Springs, also
known as St. Agnes Well Hot Springs, are set in beautiful natural surroundings
next to the Lillooet River, southeast of Pemberton and Lillooet Lake. There is
a private campground, shelters, and soaking tubs available to the public.
on Skookumchuck Hot Springs / St. Agness Well.
Hot Springs in Northern BC and Queen Charlotte Islands
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Map of Queen Charlotte Islands
Island (Gandla'kin) is one of the more popular destinations in the Queen Charlotte
Islands. Hotspring Island is located off the east coast of Moresby Island in the
kayaking playground of Gwaii Haanas National Park, and is accessible only by kayak,
boat or floatplane. Nothing
is more idyllic than relaxing in a hot spring or hot pool on Hotspring Island
and watching a pod of orcas (killer whales) swim by.
on Hotspring Island.
One of the best stops on the entire Alaska Highway is
the fabulous Liard River Hot Springs, located in the Liard River Hotsprings Provincial
Park north of Muncho Lake. Relaxation seeps into your body as you ease into the
second largest hot spring in Canada. There are two hot springs at Liard, with
water temperatures ranging from 42°-52° C (107°-126°F). The nearest is the Alpha
pool, and half a mile beyond that the solitude of Beta pool.
on Liard Hot Springs.
Layton Hot Springs
Mount Layton Hot Springs is reputed to be the second
largest hot spring in North America and the third largest in the world. There
are four therapeutic pools and waterslides. The Main Pool has a large swimming
area, a diving pool, and a roped off wading pool for the younger guests. Relief
from rheumatism, arthritis, and skin ailments may be provided by a soak in the
therapeutic mineral water in the Hot Tub pool.
on Mount Layton Hot Springs.
Iskut River Hot Springs
Extremely hot water weeps out of a rocky embankment on the west bank of the Iskut
River. Several springs are present but no pools are available for bathing. The
Iskut River Hot Springs, in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation,
are protected by the Iskut River Hot Springs Provincial Park. The small 4-hectare
park is located approximately 100 km south of the community of Iskut,
15 km northeast of Bob Quinn and 6 km west of the Stewart Cassiar Highway 37.
Access to the park is very limited. Foot access is difficult and there is no developed
trail. Helicopter and boat access are possible.
Springs in the Cariboo, Chilcotin & Coastal BC Region
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Bay Hot Springs
Boaters can visit Eucott Bay Hot Springs, at the head
of Eucott Bay near Ocean Falls in Dean
Channel. Amongst the largest and best-known on the coast, these hot springs don't
have a sulphur smell - just really clear hot water that soothes the soul. The
Eucott Bay Hot Springs are popular with boaters, as Eucott Bay offers good anchorage
and shelter for small craft.
Springs on Vancouver Island
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Tofino provides access to a second, cooler spring at Ahousat
Hot Springs, located on the shores of Matilda Inlet in the Gibson Marine Provincial
Park, on the south side of Flores Island. Ahousat Hot Springs is a natural warm
spring, considered to be of therapeutic value, that bubbles up into a concrete
tank. The spring water is clear and tasteless, with just a faint smell of sulphur,
and has a maximum temperature of 25° C (77°F).
on Ahousat Hot Springs.
Hot Springs Cove is a splendid hot spring still enjoyable
in its natural state, located in Maquinna Provincial Park in the remote northern
end of Clayoquot Sound. The boiling spring water bubbles up from deep in the earth
and cascades down a small cliff into a series of natural layered rock pools, cooled
by the incoming Pacific Ocean surf. The spring water is very hot, and is clear
with just a faint smell and taste of sulphur.
on Hot Springs Cove.