The Hot Springs
Visitors from around the world have made their way to the Maquinna Marine Provincial Park in Clayoquot Sound, located northwest of Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, to soak in the natural geothermal mineral spring pools. These warm pools and cascading waterfalls are an experience that will not be easily forgotten.
Located at the end of a scenic half-hour walk along a boardwalk trail through old-growth cedar rainforests, the hot pools remain at an average temperature of approximately 50 degrees Celsius, with pools flowing between rock beds, and down waterfalls, into several rocky pools. Move from one level to the next, and experience the different temperatures, as the water grows slowly cooler where the springs are fed by ocean swells. The park also encompasses a significant area of stunning west coast wilderness, known for its awe-inspiring coastal hiking, remote wilderness camping, unforgettable sea kayaking and wildlife viewing.
The healing nature of the hot springs at Hot Springs Cove has long been used medicinally by the Hesquiaht people. The naturally occurring sulpher found in the steaming water here has provided a host of respite for illnesses including arthritis. While the Hesquiaht people who still live around the springs still enjoy these holistic qualities, the springs are now used for recreation by tourists visiting from near and far. We are happy to share this wonderful corner of our world, but we do ask that visitors please be considerate of the area, and respectful of the culture that has made room for others to appreciate the hot springs.
Plan Your Hot Springs Getaway
We recommend you allocate about six hours for getting in, enjoying your time and coming out. This is a day trip you won’t want to rush, another reason why staying at the campground or the lodge can help you make the most of your trip.
Hours & Season
Hot Springs Cove is open year-round. Please note that during the winter months, weather on the West Coast of Vancouver Island can be severe and unpredictable, so travelling with caution is advised.
How to Access the Hot Springs from the Marina
Visitors arriving in Hot Springs Cove can access the hot springs themselves via a 30-minute scenic forest walk, along a boardwalk, from the Maquinna Marine Provincial Park dock.
You will have to arrange your own transport to the Hot Springs from Tofino. There are a number of very good and reputable companies that will take you and your party to Hot Springs Cove. Click here for more info on planning your trip.
There is no cost to enjoy the Hot Springs at Hot Springs Cove. However, a $3.00 fee daily-use fee is required to enjoy Maquinna Provincial Park.
Accessing the Hot Springs
You will have to arrange your own transport to the Hot Springs from Tofino. There are a number of very good and reputable companies that will take you and your party to Hot Springs Cove, where you can walk into the springs from the main Marina dock. Click here for more info on how to get here.
Hot Springs Amenities
- Change houses
- Dry toilets on site
- Boat dock
- Bagged lunch
- Drinking water
- Good walking footwear and water shoes can also help
- Sea sickness medication if boating
Please DO NOT Bring
- Glass containers
- Soap, shampoos, etc.
*Please note: no camping or fires permitted around the hot springs area in the southern part of Openit Peninsula.
- Boardwalks can be slippery so please be sure to wear appropriate footwear
- The 2km boardwalk not suitable for all, please expect that it can in some instances where there are stairs and steps it may be physically challenging for anyone with mobility issues
- The hot springs themselves are in rocky pools, where footing will be uneven
- Please ensure you check and pay attention to high tides and swells, which during the winter will fill the pools with cold sea water. Floating wood debris can be found on occasion.
Other Nearby Attractions
While the Hot Springs are the main attraction for many tourists, there’s plenty to see and do in the stunning landscapes of Maquinna Marine Provincial Park. The park includes an extensive coastal area with a variety of coastal ecosystems including extensive off-shore reefs, boulder, cobble and sand beaches, sea caves, sheltered bays, kelp beds, and mudflats.
Many Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations cultural heritage sites, including those of the Hesquiaht First Nation, are contained in Maquinna Provincial Marine Park.
Cougar Annie’s Garden
A sight to behold! Cougar Annie’s Garden is situated the middle of the rainforest. Here you will see native and introduced plant species along with Cougar Annie’s original home and other interesting building structures that are meant to blend and fit within the environment.
You will also find the scenic Hesquiaht Peninsula Trail within the Hesquiaht Harbour. This is a 50km trail suited to intermediate and experienced hikers. The trail will take you through the rainforest and along the ocean.