April 17, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Pemberton, Hot Springs
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Soaking in hot springs is one my favourite ways to relax. I’ve been to a few developed hot springs in BC (Ainsworth, Halcyon, Fairmont and Radium), and decided it was time to step my soaking up a notch with an undeveloped hot spring.
Armed with internet research and the book, “Hot Springs of Western Canada: a Complete Guide”, a crew of three of us headed out in our truck along dusty logging roads in search of natural hot springs.
One flat tire and a few wrong turns later, we’d reached our destination: rock lined pools set next to steamy, fern-draped cliffs and a rushing river. The water temperature varied, with a too-hot-to-touch waterfall on one end the scale and a chilly river on the other.
We spent hours lounging around, shaded from the summer sun by leafy trees, and chatted with friendly locals who showed us the best place to dip in the river for an invigorating cold plunge (a little too invigorating for my liking).
The pièce de résistance? Natural floating coasters a former hot spring visitor had thoughtfully left behind (as shown in the photo). Perfect for holding candles and beverages.
If you like hot water and road less travelled, pick up the hot springs book to find your own slice of soaking nirvana. Also recommended: a good backroad mapbook and a spare tire.