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Yes, we’re Canadian, and yes we can (more or less) withstand temperatures lower than the average human. But even the toughest of Canadians need a break from the cold, and what better way to warm up than by using the natural heat from our land! Natural hot springs are abundant on Canada’s West Coast and make for a unique way to stay warm in the cooler months. From hidden pools in the B.C. wilderness, to luxurious spas in rural towns, we’ve compiled a list of the best hot springs on Canada’s West Coast. So read on, and start planning your hot spring spree.
These unique pools are a trek to get to, but once you’re there you’ll be thankful you did it! Only accessible via an hour-long boat ride or 20-min plane ride, once you’re back on land it’s a 30-minute walk to the pools, which cascade down to the Pacific Ocean.
Where: Maquinna Provincial Park, Vancouver Island (around 27 nautical miles north west of Tofino)
Cost: Free to use, but you have to pay to get there (kayak rental, boat or seaplane)
Perks: Very secluded, complete with a waterfall
If you’re looking for quiet, undeveloped hot spring- look no further. Lussier hot springs provide you with ultimate seclusion and relaxation.
Where: Whiteswan Provincial Park, BC (just past the village of Canal Flats)
Perks: Secluded. Multiple pools with varying temperatures. Lussier river runs right beside it, if you need a cool splash
Though not secluded in the wilderness, you’re still surrounded by the beautiful Sinclair Canyon at Radium. It’s the perfect pit stop on a west coast road trip!
Where: Kootenay National Park, BC (260 kms west of Calgary)
Cost: $9.05 for an adult Day Pass (18-64)
Perks: Relax and watch for wildlife sometimes seen on the rockwalls surrounding the hot springs.
At 1585 meters high, Banff Hot Springs are Canada’s highest, which makes for spectacular panoramic views while bathing. Rent an old-timey bathing suit for a laugh.
Where: Banff, AB
Cost: $7.30 for Adults (18-64)
Perks: Canada’s highest thermal mineral springs. While in the pool, take in the beautiful mountain scenery
Canada’s second largest hot springs, Liard River Hot Springs encompasses about eight pools. Only one is open to bathers. Tiny freshwater fish live in the springs, and are unique because they can survive in such warm water
Where: Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park, B.C. (on the Alaska Highway)
Perks: make a weekend out of it! The hot springs are a 5-minute walk from the campground, along a raised wooden boardwalk
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