Posted by: cherylyoung | June 27, 2012

The boiling spring waters bubble up from deep in the earth and cascade down a small cliff, cooled by the incoming Pacific Ocean Surf

 

 

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, each pool slightly cooler than

the one above it.

At high tide the surf surges up into the two lower pools

 creating a unique blend of hot and cool water.

 

This tidal action also flushes the pools twice daily,

 so they are always noticeably clean.

 

The spring water is very hot (47 degrees Celcius, 117

degrees Fahrenheit), and is clear with just a faint

smell and taste of sulphur.

For the few that can stand the intense heat, a natural

shower underneath the waterfalls is simply awesome!

 

Let your tensions evaporate with the steam, at any

 time of the year.

 

 Rejuvenate your soul in these wonderfully scenic

surroundings.

 

Soaking in the rocky pools with a mountain rising

overhead is a magical experience.

This soothing, natural wonder is open year-round

and  is accessible only by air or by sea (one-hour water

taxi ride from Tofino).

 

The hotsprings are reached by an easy hike on a 2-km

 attractive wooden boardwalk trail from the dock.

 

A selection of transport packages is offered out of

Tofino, combining aerial sightseeing, camping,

whale watching and kayaking with the magical

experience of a mineral steam bath surrounded by

old-growth rain forest.

Hot Springs Cove is a refreshing stop for kayakers

paddling through the Flores and Vargas Islands, and

for those seeking a less strenuous visit,

accommodation can be sought at a nearby lodge

operated by the Hesquiat First Nations.

Guests of the lodge are permitted access to the

two-mile, well-marked, wilderness trail to Tsamata

Beach, to spend time strolling through the uncut

forest and exploring the undisturbed shoreline.

 

There are huge ancient cedars, towering Douglas firs,

and spruces, some draped with Spanish moss.

 

The air is thick and humid, and everything is lush,

damp, green and growing.

 

Hot Springs Cove is a very popular attraction on the

west coast, so a visit during fall and winter will

provide more privacy.

 

The mineral water sustains numerous micro-

organisms that could affect your eyes, ears and throat,

and protective footwear is recommended in the

 rock pools – rubber-soled aquashoes are best.

 

Bathing suits are not always worn.

 

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is

allowed, but no facilities are provided.

 

Camping is not permitted on the peninsula portion

 of the park where the hot springs are located.

Wilderness camping is permitted in the remainder of

the park.

 

A private campground, operated by the Hesquiat First

 Nation, is located just north of the government dock.

 

Location

Hot Springs Cove is located in

Maquinna Provincial Marine Park at the remote

 northern end of Clayoquot Sound, north of Tofino

 on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Contact Information
Hot Springs Cove
Box 2000
Tofino, BC
V0R 2Z0
Phone: 1-888-781-9977

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, each pool slightly

cooler than the one above it.

 

At high tide the surf surges up into the two lower

pools creating a unique blend of hot and cool water.

 

This tidal action also flushes the pools twice daily,

so they are always noticeably clean.

The spring water is very hot (47 degrees Celcius,

117 degrees Fahrenheit), and is clear with just a

faint smell and taste of sulphur.

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CHERYL HOLMES YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY, B.C

www.cherylyoung.ca

www.facebook.com/cherylcyoung

www.twitter.com/CherylCYoung

 

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