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Hot Springs Cove

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the letter 'T' Twentyseven nautical miles north west of Tofino sits the picturesque Hot Springs Cove, home of the Hesquiat people and the Maquinna Provincial Park.

Unique to this location is the natural hot spring that bubbles up from a crack in the earth near the mouth of the bay. The simmering sulfur water flows as a gentle brook and then cascades as a waterfall into 5 interconnected natural pools that descend into the sea. At higher tides the waves of the Pacific lap into the hot springs pools creating the incredible meeting of the cold ocean waters and the magma heated spring.

Getting from Tofino to Hot Springs cove itself is half the fun. A number of different operators in Tofino offer transportation via water or air. Most of these trips usually include whale watching, bird watching and other eco-interpretive activities. Once in the bay it’s a 30-minute hike along a cedar board walk through old growth temperate rainforest to get to the hot springs.

For those that wish to enjoy the hot springs under the stars there is a lodge, a bed & breakfast and a campground. For a truly unique experience, stay at the Innchanter, a floating bed and breakfast moored in the bay. No matter how long your visit to the hot springs might be it’s a good idea to take along lots of water, warm clothes and a pair of good walking shoes.


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Tofino Time April 2013


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Tofino hot springs: Hot Springs Cove, home of the Hesquiat people & Maquinna Provincial Park, lies 27 nautical miles north west of Tofino.

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