Hike to Hot Springs Cove, Tofino

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Distance

1.2 miles

Elevation Gain

0 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Rachel Claire

An incredible and easy hike through a dense rainforest in Maquinna Provincial Park that leads you right to the top of a series of geothermal hot springs.

26 Miles up the coast from Tofino, in a remote area of Vancouver Islands west coast, is Hot Springs Cove. You can get access to the park by taking a 1 - 1.5 hour Zodiac boat ride from Tofino, which includes your park entry fee. Boats without cover will provide full body flotation suits and rain jackets, beanies and gloves in wet weather.

Once you're on the docks at Maquinna National Park, follow the signs to start the 2km boardwalk trail to the Hot Springs. There's a changing area and bathrooms at the end of the trail so you're not hiking around in wet clothes. Descending into the Hot Springs can be tricky for some - wear reef shoes or sandals to protect your feet if you're not used to walking on rocks. The waterfall pouring into the pool can be quite hot (hottest in dryer conditions, when rain water hasn't diluted the temperature). Bring your lunch and plenty of water as there's only a small cafe on the docks that isn't always open.

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Forest
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Hot Springs
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