Located in Maquinna Marine Provincial Park in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, the ever-so-relaxing Hot Springs Cove is not to be missed. The Hot Springs northwest of Tofino, BC are accessable only by sea plane or boat – then there is a half hour hike to the springs. This spectacular hot springs and wilderness area is renowned for camping, hiking, kayaking and an amazing variety of wildlife.
Hot Springs Cove Thermally Heated Water
Visitors from around the world flock to to soak in the natural hot mineral spring pools. These geothermal hot springs cascade down a waterfall into half a dozen rocky pools. The relaxing hot pools flow from one level to the next, gradually becoming cooler as the fresh spring water is cooled by the ocean.
Therapeutic Hot Springs
There are a number of hot pools which have an average termperature of about 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). So you can pick the pool temperature that is right for you. The source of the mineral-rich water comes from rainwater which seeps into the rock, then emerges as therapeutic heated water. The spring waters flow into a series of heated pools which gradually get cooler as it gets closer to the ocean. During high tide the surf surges into the lower pools.
Kayaking is popular in this remote area of the west coast rain forest. Hot Springs Cover is a great place to stop off on to spend a bit of time relaxing in the hot pools. The Hesquiat First Nations offer accommodations at a nearby lodge.
Camping at Hot Springs Cove
Camping is allowed except in the area where the hot springs are located. There is a private campground just north of the dock run the Hesquiat First Nations.
Getting to Hot Spings Cove
There are a number of tour operators in Tofino, Hotsprings Village and Ahousaht, and that offer transportation to the Hot Springs by boat or plane – no roads here. The trip itself is half the fun and remember to bring your camera as you could spot bear or whales. Getting to this amazing natural wonder takes about an hour by boat from Tofino.
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