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“Worth seeing, but pick a good day. And take a plane back.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hot Springs Cove

Hot Springs Cove
Ranked #9 of 53 things to do in Tofino
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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“Worth seeing, but pick a good day. And take a plane back.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

To be fair, a cold wet April day is probably not the best time to visit. We really enjoyed the boat trip, which was an adventure even if we didn't spot any whales or bears. The walk in to the springs was wonderful (and nicer still on the way out as we had plenty if time); walking through wet woods is always delight; here it was just surreal. The springs themselves were something of a let down - our boatload of 12 more than filled the available space to immerse enough of oneself to keep warm in the icy rain. However the cove and its surrounding area are beautiful - there's plenty to see if you take time to look. The highlight for us was that we had opted to take a floatplane back to Tofino, which was without doubt the high spot of a wonderful holiday.

Visited April 2014
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“soooo hot!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

We booked through Whale Centre in Tofino (great service by the way!). The 2 km cedar boardwalk is fun and makes the walk much easier. There are places were you can change. The water was super hot! Be careful the rocks are slippery like soap!! Avoid going during high season as the pools are rather small.

Visited May 2014
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Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada
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“One of Canada's Natural Gifts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

After reading reviews about how busy Hot Springs Cove can get, I was a bit skeptical while booking this tour through Jamie's Whaling Station for a day in late March, and although there were several people at the springs when we arrived with our group of 12, they were soon on their way leaving lots of room for us.

The springs are beautiful and natural. It is well worth a little online research to learn how these springs arise geologically as well as their cultural history (Wiki "Hesquiaht First Nation) as healing waters. I was lucky enough near the end of our time there to have them all to myself so I started at the "ocean end" and sampled every possible lounging area making my way up ever hotter waters to the waterfall where they start – absolutely fun!

The boardwalk to them is about 25 minutes to walk and beautiful in its own right. In March the air is cool (8C when we were there) so the water is especially soothing. There are a lot of minerals in the water and I certainly felt therapeutically soft skin afterward!

Perhaps the best part of the trip was the ride on the Pacific Springs cruiser there and back. The ocean had about 9 ft rolling waves in the morning and it was an adventure! Eugene, our driver who grew up in these islands, shared a wealth of stories with us about his people's long history (approx. 12,000 years) here as well as their way of life, especially fishing. He has an eye for whales and found many grey whales to watch. We also watched many sea lions, cormorants and a bald eagle on an isolated outcropping. We saw a harbor seal lazily fishing at the dock near the hot springs. We were very lucky to see a grey wolf eating a fish on the shore of one of the islands on the way back. This trip was well worth the money!

Suggestions: in March, wear a waterproof windproof coat and gloves, shades, your camera (!), good gripping hikers or boots as the boardwalk is slippery, your bathing suit and towel, and pack a nice picnic (plenty of liquids) to enjoy either in the springs or on the rocks nearby (you'll want to take all garbage home with you as this is a pristine area). Move carefully in the springs because the submerged rocks are very slippery.

Visited March 2014
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“OFF THE MAP”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

Just geting there is a challenge.Tofino Air.1 hour flight.come back on a boat. insane,whales ,sulfur still on tour skin from the springs tuff trip,but worth evrey moment. DO IT.

Visited May 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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“Not for the weak”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

This trip was really beautiful. The 90min boat ride to the hot springs gave us glimpses of grey whales, sea lions, seals, sea otters, and bald eagles. The waves caused a few upset stomachs so if rolling waves and lack of sea legs are your curse then beware. The 30min walk into the springs is on a wooden board walk that is slippery; grippy shoes needed, also for getting into the rocky pools. The area becomes crowded quickly with many boats arriving, bring a bag to secure your belongings while you are in the springs. There are change areas available but with folks arriving and leaving they can become busy. Also remember to watch your time, as the warm water lulls you and the 30min trek out on slippery boards can make for a crash in your zen. Don't forget to breath in all the amazing rain forest smells. Heaven!

Visited March 2014
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