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“Heaven on earth”
Review of Hot Springs Cove

Hot Springs Cove
Ranked #9 of 52 things to do in Tofino
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Hot Springs Cove is about one and a half hours north of Tofino. It's located right in the heart of Clayoquot Sound.
Reviewed February 28, 2014

This is our favourite place on earth. The scenery, ambience, wildlife, water - everything is bliss. There is nothing we dislike about this wonderful area.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Excellent and would do again in a heartbeat!

Details of our experience:

It takes 90 minutes from Tofino by boat. On a nice day you can whale watch/bird watch while on the way and the local scenery is stunning.

You are dropped off at a dock and it takes 30 minutes to walk on a raised boardwalk to the hot springs.

Park fee is $3pp but we paid it to our boat operator with his tour fees. You can pay at the dock too if you get there some other way like on your own.

We were there on a clear cold (-3!) day. The springs were excellent as we sat in them for over two hours. At the waterfall they are the hottest and as you head down into the lower pools they get cooler and cooler. The temperature is just right for relaxing in there for a long soak. Even the lowest pool was very nice and comfortable on this day.

We were there at low tide. On a high tide the ocean does come up to the waterfall which would cool down the springs considerably.

If you are looking for natural unspoiled hot springs, this is the place to go.

The hot springs can only hold about 14-18 people, the pools are not that large.

We left Tofino at 9AM and were in the hot springs by 11AM. Other than the 6 of us on our boat plus 2 locals from Hot Springs Village we had the hot springs to ourselves. This was just perfect!

At 1PM just as we were getting out to head back, 4 tour boats arrived with about 25 people in total. You can’t fit this many people in the springs and while we had enjoyed 2 relaxing hours in the springs, the other people had to watch and wait until it was less crowded.

I talked to the 2 locals we shared the hot springs with in the morning about this and they said in the summer don’t even bother coming during the middle of the day on a nice day, as there will be 100 or more people lined up trying to get into the springs.

Also the locals told me that in the summer on warm days the two couple of pools are so hot as to be unbearable and it’s much better when the tide is in and cools down the pools.

My suggestions:

1) ALWAYS go very early in the day or late in the day and avoid possible crowds. If it is nice weather out other people will definitely be visiting the springs too and if it’s full when you get there tough luck. Our group was spoiled with only 8 people and had an excellent time.

2) In warm weather try to be there on a high tide as the springs are quite hot. Some mixing with the cold ocean water would be really nice.

3) In cold weather try to be there on a low tide, the water cools off as it comes over the waterfall. But don’t worry about them being too cool. We were there on a cold winter day and I couldn’t stay in the top pool the whole time, there is a pool with the right temperature for everyone!

10  Thank Shroud_of_Turin
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Went to the hot springs a few years ago - I'm glad we did it once because it is kind of neat to sit in the hot water while the cold tide washes over you every once in awhile. However, it's a long boat ride there and, once you are dropped off, quite a long trek through the woods to get to the pools and then a bit of a scramble in the water to get to the various pools - so not for anyone with mobility issues I don't think. I think you could also fly into the drop off spot, which would be faster. Unless you want to spend hours on the water, in which case you would enjoy the boat ride too.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Lovely day trip and the guides take you on a exploration enroute to the hotsprings. Loved seeing all the wildlife and the whales! The walk to the hotsprings is along a very slippery boardwalk with lots of up and down steps. Be cautious to wear very good grippy shoes or you wall fall! There are no hand rails and when its damp out, its a ice rink but the walk is gorgeous and the hotsprings (although very small) are amazing and untouched. Pack a hearty lunch and bring your camera. Great for families.

2  Thank Victoriaflower_123
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Having just visited the hot springs two days ago, I'm torn on how I feel about this attraction. The boat ride out to the hot springs was beautiful (we saw bald eagles and sea otters), and on the ride back we saw gray whales (a rarity at this time of year), so of course that was a special treat. I'm glad we took the trip, but I'm not sure how I feel about the hot springs themselves. After a mile walk over wet and slippery boardwalk (in which we slipped a number of times, despite wearing Sorel boots), we arrived at the hot springs and realized it was rather small. Our group of 11 pretty much took up the whole thing. Another boat arrived and things got cozy. Then another boat came and at that point everyone was packed in like sardines. We ended up having 15 "good" minutes in the hot springs before our relaxation turned into a game of human Tetris to accommodate all visitors - and this is the off season in Tofino!

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