Posted by: cherylyoung | September 21, 2012

The Ahousat Hot Springs are located on the shores of Matilda Inlet in Gibson Marine Provincial Park BC


Ahousat Hot Springs on the south side of Flores  Island 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 degrees Celcius

 (77 degrees Fahrenheit).


A non-maintained historic route connects the warm

springs to the broad sandy beaches at Whitesand



This route once provided access to a lifesaving

 telegraph line and an old homestead.


Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is

allowed, but no facilities are provided.


 Reservations are not accepted at this Gibson

 Marine Provincial Park, and all campsites are on

a first-come, first-served basis.


The park and hotspring lies in the traditional

territory of the Ahousat First Nations, and is only

accessible by air or by boat from Tofino.


Water taxis from Tofino and Ahousat offer service

to the park.


Wolves have been known to frequent campsites

 – please ensure that all food and items smelling of

 food, as well as any loose items, are stored out

 of reach of wildlife.


Food must not be offered or made available to

wildlife – to do so is a violation of the Park Act.


Gibson Marine Park, immediately south of the

Nuu-chah-nulth community of Ahousat, also

provides access to the ‘Walk the Wild Side’ trail,

a developed route with boardwalk sections that

extends 10 km from Ahousat to the top of

 Mount Flores.


Most of the route follows sandy beaches and trails

cut across headlands to join with the next beach.


The trail can be accessed from any of the beaches

in Gibson Marine Park.


Visitors come from around the world to explore

Clayoquot Sound, and Flores Island is one of the

 most popular destinations for kayakers, who can

 find ample opportunities for camping and wildlife

viewing from the Island’s beautiful sandy shores.

The Ahousat Hot Springs are located on the shores
 of Matilda Inlet in Gibson Marine Provincial Park.


The park is located on Flores Island, off the west

coast of Vancouver Island, with access provided

 from Tofino to the small First Nation village of


Eighty percent of life’s satisfaction comes from

meaningful relatioships





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