**UPDATE January 28th - Hot Springs Cove (Maquinna Provincial Park) is closed until mid-February**
Due to damage from fallen trees after the December wind storm, BC Parks have extended their closure of the Hot Springs Cove for maintenance. Since we will not be able to offer Hot Springs tours, our office will be closed until mid-February, unless the park opens sooner. We will continue responding to inquiries during this closure via email and phone, and you may complete reservations online for our regular season. We wish you a wonderful start to 2019, and will see you again in February.
For nature-lovers seeking an unforgettable experience, join us on a magical day trip up to the natural hot springs overlooking the Pacific Ocean!
Cruise into the heart of Clayoquot Sound through the protected inlet waters or on the outer-coast to Hot Springs Cove located 26 nautical miles from Tofino at Maquinna Provincial Park. A long-time favourite stopover of locals and passing fishing vessels, this magical place is accessible only by boat or plane. Travel in the comfort of our 35’ cabin cruiser, the Pacific Springs, with an outdoor viewing deck and inside heated seating to keep you warm for the ride. This is our regular Hot Springs Cove vessel and it offers something for everyone! For the wild at heart, ask our adventure specialists about our open Zodiac-style vessels that frequently go up to the Hot Springs too. Our Hot Springs trips leave daily, with morning and afternoon departures and last between 6 – 6.5 hours.
Although we do not offer any guaranteed sightings on this tour, the 1-1.5 hour scenic boat ride each way presents many opportunities to view wildlife such as whales, bears, sea otters, eagles, seals, and much more depending on weather conditions! Once your skipper drops you off at Hot Springs Cove, follow a 30 - 40 minute raised cedar boardwalk trail through the meditative temperate rainforest. This allows you 2 hours to explore and soak in the natural thermal hot spring pools that have poured over the rocks and out on the edge of the ocean for thousands of years! Located nearby are outhouses, change rooms, and a covered seating area. After your soak, relax and enjoy before exploring the rainforest on your way back to the boat.
Return back to the office and enjoy a complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate, the perfect opportunity to show off your photos and share your experience!
35’ Cabin Cruiser – Pacific Springs
- Twin diesel engines
- 12 passengers
- Heated indoor seating
- Wrap around windows that open
- Marine toilet
- Open rear deck for wildlife viewing
- Fully licensed, well-trained skipper and all necessary safety equipment
- Kayak racks for transport (if space is available)
*Occasionally our Hot Springs Cove tours depart on an open Zodiac-style vessel. In these cases, the following Zodiac Advisory is in place for the comfort and safety of our passengers: we do not recommend the Zodiac tour for anyone with a history of serious medical conditions. These include, but are not limited to, those with back or neck problems, osteoporosis, incontinence or recent surgery, or anyone who is pregnant. For safety purposes, we do not take passengers who are less than 4’8” (142cm) in height on the Zodiac-style vessels.
Rates: April 1st - September 30th
- $139.00 - Adult
- $129.00 - Senior(65+)/Student(19+)/Youth(13-18)
- $109.00 - Child (4-12)
- FREE - Infant (0-3)
Winter Rate: October 1st - March 31st
- $109 (4yrs and up)
- FREE - Infant (0-3)
*Prices do not include tax (5% GST), and fees
*Read about our cancellation policy
*If you are thinking of camping in Maquinna Provincial Park or staying aboard the Innchanter, we offer one-way boat transportation to Hot Springs Cove. This is available on a stand-by basis (we reserve our seats for passengers taking regular day tours), and seating is confirmed 30 minutes prior to our regular tour departure time. Return passage is also on a stand-by basis.
What to bring on your Hot Springs Adventure:
-Warm clothes for the boat ride.
-Comfortable walking shoes for the trail.
-Swimsuit and towel.
-Full lunch & beverages (no glass please). There is no fresh-water drinking source available.
-Although not necessary, water shoes, sandals or old running shoes are recommended if you have them. Hot Springs Cove is left quite natural - a waterfall feeding into small pools in the rocky headlands. The terrain is rocky and can often be slippery.
-Sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, hat, etc. (weather dependent).
-A backpack or tote bag to comfortably carry your belongings.
-A watch or timepiece so you can be back at the dock in time to meet the boat for the trip back to Tofino.
Additional info on the Tofino Hot Springs:
-There are two composting toilet facilities -- one at the beginning of the trail, and another at the Hot Springs.
-Two small change rooms are available so you can pack your bathing suit, and avoid wearing it all day
-There is a covered unlocking storage area which provides a dry place to leave your belongings in rainy conditions.
-There are no stores or facilities to purchase items at Hot Springs Cove, so come prepared for a 6-hour adventure.
-There is no garbage pick-up at the park, so anything you bring with you must also be packed out with you.
-The Hot Springs are naturally sulfurous, so expect a natural aroma.
-Jewelry worn in the springs may tarnish in reaction to the natural spring water. Although it's easily polished again, some find it easier to remove it before entering the pools.