Activities & Adventures Hot Springs Cove

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Sculpted into rock over thousands of years, the geothermal Mux̣šiƛa hot springs area near Hesquiaht - 27 miles northwest of Tofino - is nothing short of an otherworldly experience.

Getting to Hot Springs Cove on a scenic 20-minute flight or a 1.5-hour boat tour leaves a lasting impression. On this journey, pass between islands, remote inlets, and the places that bears, sea otters, and sometimes whales call home. Upon arrival, stroll through towering trees for 2 kilometres on a cedar boardwalk to get to the hot springs for a therapeutic dip. 

Hot Springs Cove is within Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, in Ahousaht Hahuulthi (territory). In addition to the $3 BC Parks fee, your tour provider will charge an Ahousaht Stewardship Fee to support the maintenance and stewarding efforts that the Nation partakes in on these lands. 

A place of culture

The Mux̣šiƛa hot springs area and Maquinna Marine Park continue to play an important role in ʕaḥuusʔatḥ (Ahousaht) culture, for harvesting (butter clams, blue huckleberries, sea cucumbers and more), ceremony, community, family and healing uses year-round. 

People soaking in the hot springs
People coming out of a float plane and onto a dock

Mineral pools

The entire journey to Hot Springs Cove, from the boat ride or flight, followed by the beautiful walk through the forest, culminates at the naturally heated mineral pools carved out of the rock by the ocean and time. Six small rocky pools lead you to relax, with the sound of the waves lapping the shoreline below. 

Along the way

The trek to Hot Springs Cove is a multi-activity day encompassing a scenic boat ride or flight, wildlife viewing, forest walks, and rejuvenation in a natural outdoor spa.

Woman enjoying a boat ride on the ocean on a sunny day

Wind in your hair

Even on a hot summer day when temperatures can reach the high 20s (Celsius), being out on the water can be cool. Pack a toque, a pair of pants and covered shoes so that you are comfortable for the approximately 1.5-hour boat ride. 

Person looking down at the view from a float plane

West coast safari

Getting to fly over or boat through a large part of Clayoquot Sound means opportunities for wildlife sightings. Bring a pair of binoculars for the best way to view furry friends like sea otters and black bears foraging on the coastline, or try to identify the fluke of a humpback whale. Keep your camera or phone handy for snapping shots (and bring a dry bag, too!). 

People enjoying the water coming off of the rocks at Hot Springs Cove

Off-roading

We recommend wearing sandals with straps and good tread or water shoes to support you on the 30-minute walk through the old-growth forest to get to the Hot Springs. The wooden boardwalk trail includes several sections with stairs and can be slippery after rainfall. The rocks to get to the pools can also be hard on your feet.

View in the distance of Hot Springs Cove and the viewing deck and changerooms.

Creature comforts

This is a full-day excursion, so you will want to bring a reusable water bottle, snacks, and maybe even a lunch. Pack a towel and a blanket to lay out your delicious spread. There are changing rooms with a covered deck and two benches overlooking the pools. Just out of sight, there is a pit toilet for when nature calls. 

Let the adventure begin

These outfitters will transport you to and from Hot Springs Cove, by boat or by seaplane.

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