Hot Springs Cove
Tofino travellers can hire a boat or rent kayaks to cross the water to Maquinna Provincial Park. From there, hike the 1.5-kilometre boardwalk to these very hot natural jacuzzies. The salty ocean sprays over tidal pools, cooling off unsuspecting soakers. There’s even a steaming hot waterfall for the best natural shower you’ll ever find.
Ahousat Hot Springs
Water burbles into a concrete tank at this hot spring in Gibson Marine Provincial Park. However, it’s not for the casual explorer: this outdoor bath is accessible by boat or air only. If you have extra time, relax at the nearby beaches and rustic campsites or go for a hike in the area.
Dewar Creek Hot Springs
Armed with a few solid maps, you can find the trailhead for the nine-kilometre hike to the hot springs in Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Provincial Park. Elk, deer, goats and moose like to enjoy this area, too, so be prepared to share. The rich mineral pools are crucial for local wildlife, so don’t disturb the area, and consider finding a separate place to soak—instead, just enjoy the view.
Keyhole Hot Springs
Located north of Whistler, these hot springs became famous on social media, nearly ruining them for explorers. Human garbage has attracted grizzlies to the area, forcing officials to close the hot springs in peak season. Signage on site declares whether the hot springs are open—heed the warnings to avoid a bear encounter.
Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park
Two pools with temperatures ranging from 42 to 52 degrees Celsius warm up Alaskan-bound explorers who venture into the wilderness of northern BC. Hike through the trees along a boardwalk and over a swamp to the change house and pools for a long, quiet soak, then retire to the year-round campsite for the night.
Lussier Hot Springs
Venture to Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park to find these undeveloped hot springs. The mineral pools can be found near the park entrance at kilometre 17.5 on the Whiteswan Forest Service Road. Four-wheel drive, mud tires and good hiking boots are highly recommended! Note: swimwear is required in these pools.