Hot Springs Cove Van. Isld.
Date: Jan 14/15 2006
Weather: Light Rain, with clearings
Hot Springs Cove, luckily is still in it's natural state and has seen very little commercial activity, all except for a small government camp site and a privately owned floating motel. Once at the end of the dock it was then a 3km boardwalk leading to our destination. The spring's water temp is very hot, close to 47 Celsius at its source, not too far downstream it pours over a small rock shelf and drops 3m to the high tide line. After a little while I was able to stand underneath it, steaming hot water poured all over me, melting this sore body in no time. During the middle of the night, I hiked by myself down the board walk to the Hot springs under a glorious full moon so I could stand under this magical waterfall once again without being bothered by a single soul. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh….. what a good feeling that was which I'll never forget it.
How to get To Hot Springs Cove" There are a few ways you can reach Hot Springs Cove and they are by flying by Sea Plane, Power Boat or by Kayaking out of Tofino. We choose to take the seaplane in as it was the fastest and best way to go in at that time of year. Once at the dock there is a government camp site or if you want to spoil yourself you can work out a deal for a bunk on the big steel boat which is usually docked there. From the Dock is a 3km hike down a wooden boardwalk to the Hot springs. Tip: On high tides the hot spring is almost non-existent, only thing available is the water fall and if there's a few folks there you'll be waiting you're turn. The best times I found to go was on a low incoming tide. That way you can start close to the salt water and work yourself up or visa versa if one wanted to cool down
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