There are only two ways into our pristine, supernatural slice of Vancouver Island, BC, and that is by boat, or by air. Not sure which is best for you and your travel companions? We’re here to help. We’ve curated all the most relevant, up-to-date info and resources for you to plan your trip by air or by sea to Hot Springs Cove from Tofino.
Note: we recommend arranging transportation to and from Hot Springs Cove with one of the operators with a Park Use Permit to provide air and water access. All listings below have the required permits.
Once you’ve arrived at the Maquinna Marine Provincial Park boat dock, enjoy easy access to the hot springs via a 30-minute boardwalk excursion through the old growth forest to the geothermal rock pools awaiting you!
If you have questions about the information below, please feel free to connect with us.
Arriving by Water
It’s just over an hour by boat from Tofino to Hot Springs Cove, and voyaging through the dotted island landscapes of Clayoquot Sound and along the rugged Vancouver Island mountain coastline is a wonderful way to view this area of our province and a journey in itself!
For those seeking boat rentals, contact any of the following operators:
Jamie’s Whaling Station
Remote Passages Marine Excursions
Tofino Water Taxi
West Coast Aquatic Safaris
Whale Buoys Tours Ltd.
Moorage is $2/metre per night (includes taxes). Rafting of vessels (boat, kayak, canoe or other water crafts) is not permitted. Either a park attendant may collect the docking fee or payment can be made at the self-registration fee station located next to the on shore park entrance Information Shelter. Reserving dock space is not permitted, red painted tie rails and signage restricts dock space for park ranger vessels, or loading zones for authorized vessels and float plane.
Docking at this facility is restricted to restriction vessels under 12m in length, larger vessels must anchor away from dock. Maximum length of stay is 14 days per calendar year.
Note: the Maquinna Marine Park day-use fee does not include the docking permit.
Arriving by Air
Getting to Hot Springs Cove from Tofino by air is a quick 20-minute flight by seaplane. Take in the coast line views and spot the wildlife along the way.
Day or overnight excursions can be booked through the following companies that currently have a Park Us Permit:
Atleo River Air