Hot Springs Cove is a wonderful day trip from Tofino.  Lots of whale watching companies offer whale watching/hot springs tours for very reasonable prices.  The boat ride is out on the open ocean is quite fun and there is a fair bit to see, not least the whales that you hopefully encounter.  The hot springs themselves are wonderful, and the 25 minute (1.2 kilometre) walk to them is unexpectedly beautiful and interesting. 

  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProHot springs pour into the ocean
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProSeveral natural pools to choose from
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProWaterfall shower pours from cliffs
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProBoat taxi is wonderfully scenic
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProBoardwalk has been carved by visitors
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProRemote location keeps crowds away
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProPools are flanked by steep cliffs
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProOcean waves spill into lower pools
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConTransport makes it quite expensive
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConWilderness camping is prohibited

Intricate cedar boardwalks and bridges move you up and through massive trees and wind through the forest.  Years of interesting carvings into the boardwalk planks adorn the route.  Hundreds of names of visiting people, groups, and vessels, give the walkway a historic and artistic feel to it.  Along the boardwalk there are a couple very nice viewpoints looking out to the ocean beyond the forest.

Upon reaching the hot springs there are some nice, beautifully built, cedar changing rooms and yet another viewpoint.  Finally a short path takes you to the hot springs.  Flowing through fissures in the rock the amazing 50 degree water (122F) flows from a small waterfall and continues through five wonderfully natural pools that lead to the ocean.  Ocean waves occasionally burst into the lower pools in a wonderful contrast of breathtaking cold and wonderful warm water.

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Hot Springs Cove Hike in Clayoquot

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