With dark, wet, cold months looming across Western Canada, and days of even colder winter weather to come, many might find themselves yearning for those warm summer days spent lounging by the pool. While some may escape their winter blues by indulging in a vacation to a tropical destination, we have an even better way to heat up your winter adventures that won’t cost you a thing.

Tucked away in the backcountry of Canada, hot springs come in all shapes, sizes and temperatures, and are a sure-fire way to heal your winter woes. While there are many owned by resorts, which feature amenities and ease of access, true explorers will want to seek out the remote hot springs of Western Canada. These natural geothermal pools are not only a great way to unwind, but they also are believed to have many health benefits and healing powers. Whether you hike, 4x4, fly or boat to your destination, a backroad adventure to any of western Canada’s natural hot springs is sure to be a white-hot winter exploration.

Here is a list Western Canada's Hottest Hot Spring Adventures you can find with BRMB’s Western Canada Backroad GPS Maps, Backroad Mapbook Series, Topographic Maps and Waterproof Maps.

 

Bishop Bay Hot Springs - Northern BC

Travel the beautiful Northern BC waterways, and you’ll find the glorious Bishop Bay Hot Springs. Just 80 km (50 mi) south of Kitimat, the water is odourless and warm, and the lengthy boat trip to get there often makes it a private destination. The three semi-developed pools range in temperature and overlook the stunning waterway of Bishop Bay. There are mooring facilities available for boats and three tenting pads for anyone who wants to stay the night to ensure a beautiful morning soak in the Bishop Bay Hot Springs.

Map courtesy of Northern BC Backroad Mapbook

 

Dewar Creek Hot Springs - Kootenay Rockies

Nestled in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies, Dewar Creek Hot Springs can be accessed by foot or horseback. The trail starts after a rough logging road, so we recommend a four-wheel drive vehicle and spare tires to ensure a safe trip up. While most of the pools, except for one, are too hot for bathing, those who made the trek may still want to soak in the Dewar Creek Hot Springs to celebrate the end of a great adventure.

Map courtesy of Kootenay Rockies Backroad Mapbook

 

Europa (Shearwater) Hot Springs - Northern BC

The Europa (or Shearwater) Hot Springs can be accessed only by boat, along the north side of Alan Reach in Gardner Canal on Northern BC’s Coast. Despite the limited access, the beautiful springs draw many during the summer months, and the picnic area overlooking the pools can get to be quite busy. Though you may have to share your time in the cabin there, which offers four double bunks, a trip to the Europa Hot Springs is sure to leave you feeling euphoric.

Map courtesy of Northern BC Backroad Mapbook

 

Eucott Bay Hot Springs - Cariboo Chilcotin

Situated along the Dean Channel, on BC’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, the Eucott Bay Hot Springs are highly regarded, not only for their large size, but for the incredible views as well. While the hot springs are only accessible by boat, or helicopter, there is good anchorage available and the large odourless pools can also offer a great view for whale watching. You’ve got to keep your eye out for an adventure up to the Eucott Bay Hot Springs to truly complete any hot spring exploration checklist.

Eucott Bay Hotsprings

Eucott Bay - frasemac

 

Hot Springs Cove (Ramsay Hot Springs) - South Vancouver Island

Part of the Maquinna Provincial Park, along the West Coast of Southern Vancouver Island, Hot Springs Cove is a top of the list destination for any hot spring enthusiast. While it is a popular destination, the required powerboat, kayak or airplane trip to get there makes this a rarely crowded place. Just 37 km (22 mi) from Tofino, Hot Springs Cove sits at the very edge of the Pacific Ocean and the steaming water flows in from a 3 metre (10 ft) waterfall. With comfier views and an even cozier soak, you’ll certainly want to pay a visit to Hot Springs Cove on Vancouver Island.

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Hot Springs Cove - jacquie.bug

 

Hot Spring Island (Gandll K'in Gwaayaay) - Northern BC

In the protected backcountry on Haida Gwaii, in Gwaii Haanas National Park, Hot Spring Island is a true paradise. You can access the springs by kayak, boat or float plan, and many hot spring enthusiasts consider these the nicest pools in the province. Though a 7.7 magnitude earthquake caused the water flow to stop in October 2012, the thermal activity has slowly increased since January 2014 and Parks Canada continues to monitor them. So, despite not being as warm as they once were, the pools of Hot Spring Island are a required visit on a trip to Haida Gwaii.

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Hot Spring Island: www.gwaii-haanas-pc.gc_.ca_

 

Liard River Hot Springs - Yukon/Northern BC

Situated right along the Alaska Highway and ranking as Canada’s second largest hot spring, the Liard River Hot Springs are at the top of any hot spring to-visit list. With two large pools, ranging in temperatures from 42°C (108°F) to 52°C (125°F), there is plenty of room for all. Due to their popularity, a new day-use fee was put into effect, and 53 campsites have been added to enjoy the springs for an extra day or so. Whether you’re stopping by on your way to Alaska, or looking for a nice weekend trip in the backcountry, Liard River Hot Springs are the perfect place to unwind.

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Liard River Hot Springs - wildhearthawaii

 

Lussier Hot springs - Kootenay Rockies

Located just within the boundaries of Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, Lussier Hot Springs are popular, and for good reason. These beautiful springs are fairly easily accessed, with proper footwear that is, by a trail from the road leading down to the pools. Many improvements have been made to the pools over the years to keep them hot even in times of high water and they sit at a comfortable temperature of 44°C (111°F), making them a beautiful getaway in the backcountry of the Kootenay Rockies.

 

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Lussier Hot Springs - matrodger_

 

Pitt River Hot Springs - Vancouver Coast & Mountains BC

Highly sought after as one of the most scenic hot springs in Southern BC, the Pitt River Hot Springs are only recommended for those ready to take on an adventure. Situated between the cliffs of the Pitt River Canyon and the Pitt River, you can get there with a 30 km (18.6 mi) paddle/boat ride, long bike ride/hike followed by a scramble down to the pools with ropes assisting you. For the less adventurous, there are also tour operators that offer trips up to the 57°C (135°F) pools. With the springs being covered by the flooding of the Pitt River in the spring, late winter is one of the best times to go, so do not wait for the soak of a lifetime in the Pitt River Hot Springs.

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Pitt River Hot Springs - rachelgerak

 

Sloquet Hot Springs - Vancouver Coast & Mountains BC

Despite a strong sulphurous odour, a trip to the Sloquet Hot springs, in Skookcumchuck BC, certainly will not stink. The parking area for the springs is found 8.5 km (5 mi) up the Sloquet Forest Service Road, and a steep walk leads towards the flowing springs. The source of the springs is a steaming 68°C (154°F) and flows into progressively cooler pools – until it reaches the freezing waters of Sloquet Creek. Whether you warm up in the springs in the winter, or cool off in the creek in the summer, a trip to Sloquet Hot Springs is always well worth the trek.

 

 

 

Takhini Hot Pools - Yukon

The Takhini Hot Springs are the perfect place for a more relaxing getaway, or a way to soothe sore muscles after exploring the Yukon’s backroads. These natural hot springs are just outside the territories capital, Whitehorse, and have two separate pools to choose your preferred temperature. Unlike most natural hot springs, Takhini does not feature a sulphurous odour, and the beautiful facilities make it the perfect way to relax and experience one of the many natural treasures of the Yukon.

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Takhini hot springs - dimitra_kappos

 

Tallheo Hot Springs - Northern BC

For a secluded soak, just outside of Bella Coola, the Tallheo Hot Springs are located far from any road access. That is no problem for anyone with an access to boat or floatplane, and with charters out of Bella Coola you can easily reach one of the nicest hot springs in the entire province. The springs are carved deep into the rock face and overlook a stunning fjord with a dense rainforest shielding the pools. The main soaking pool is a cool 69°C (156°F) with ample hot seeps to choose from for a relaxing dip in the Tallheo Hot Springs.

 

 

 

Weewanie Hot Springs - Northern BC

Situated just 40 km south of Kitimat, BC, the Weewanie Hot Springs can only be accessed by boat via Devastation Channel, but they’re anything but a loss to visit. With a small rustic boathouse, and a select amount of anchorages and one heck of a view, these springs are ranked among the nicest on Northern BC’s coast. The bath house provided allows visitors to soak in the beautiful 38.6°C (101.5°F) natural waters and the provided pit toilets, picnic area and campsite make the trip to Weewanie Hot Springs all the more comfortable.

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Weewani Hot Springs - b.m.westerikphoto

 

 

Hot Spring Etiquette

Relaxing in any of these wonderful natural springs is nowhere near the same as lounging in the public hot tub or your backyard pool. A couple tips of hot spring etiquette we recommend to preserve these fragile natural wonders and be respectful to other visitors are:

 

  •  Rinse yourself before entering the tub: many springs will require you rinse before entering, some with soap and some without.

  •  No food in the pools: to keep garbage and waste to a minimum, refrain from eating in the hot springs and use the provided amenities to dispose of any waste, or carry it out with you if there is no where to do so.

  •  No dogs or animals in the pools: many hot springs will have signs asking visitors to refrain from allowing their dogs or pets in the springs. Please abide by any signs.

  •  Be respectful of others: many use hot springs as a place to meditate or as a transcendental experience, so keep noise to a minimum and mind others’ space.

  •  If you are pregnant, have a heart condition or have any other concerns, check with your doctor before your trip.

 

Because each hot springs are different, check the signage posted at each one. These will list specific rules, current temperature of water, as well as maximum/recommended amount of time to stay in the pools.

 

Before you head out we also recommend you check the weather and trail warnings to ensure they are safe to travel. Be sure to hydrate well before and after a soak in any springs, as the salty sulphurous waters can leave you feeling a little parched. And finally, don’t forget your towel as you head off to heat up on your backroad adventure to Western Canada’s Hottest Hot Springs!