Deemed Canada's most expensive hot spring, this relatively new location to the public is as much about the journey as the destination.
Hot Springs Cove is a natural hot springs destination located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It is situated north of Tofino and can only be accessed by boat or seaplane. The Cove is located within the Maquinna Provincial Park, and it is famous for its natural hot springs that have been around for thousands of years.
The Cove is a natural pool of geothermal water that is surrounded by lush rainforest, and it is fed by hot water from underground hot springs. The temperature of the water can reach up to 50°C and is believed to have many therapeutic properties that are beneficial to the body. Visitors can soak in the hot springs while enjoying the breathtaking view of the ocean and the forest.
To reach the Hot Springs Cove, visitors can take a 30-minute seaplane ride or a 1.5-hour boat ride from Tofino. The boat ride is scenic and takes visitors through Clayoquot Sound, which is known for its rich marine wildlife, including whales, seals, sea lions, and otters. Once at the Cove, visitors can take a short boardwalk trail through the lush rainforest to reach the hot springs.
Hot Springs Cove is an enjoyable and unique experience that is well worth the trip. The natural setting of the hot springs, surrounded by old-growth rainforest and the Pacific Ocean, is simply stunning. The water is crystal clear and has a relaxing effect that will rejuvenate the body and mind. The hot springs are open year-round, making it a perfect destination for a winter getaway.
As for the expenses, the cost of a round-trip boat ride from Tofino to Hot Springs Cove can range from $100 to $150 CAD per person, depending on the tour operator and the season. A seaplane ride can cost up to $300 CAD per person. Visitors should also be prepared for additional expenses, such as park fees and accommodation, especially if they plan to stay overnight in Tofino. However, the experience is well worth the expense, and visitors should consider it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience one of the most unique natural hot springs in the world.
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