Posted by: cherylyoung | July 12, 2012

The boiling spring water from Hot Spring Cove bubble up from deep in the earth and cascade down a small cliff into the 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



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



Let your tensions evaporate with the steam, at any

time of the year.

Rejuvenate your soul in these wonderfully scenic



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.

More on Hot Springs Cove.






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