Make Sure You Vist the Hot Springs Near Tofino at Least Once in Your Life.
This past September when we took a two week trip to British Columbia, one of the most memorable parts of our trip was the three days we spent in Tofino. I've never been to a more beautiful spot in my entire life.
I'll write about Tofino in my next blog, however I wanted to tell a bit about the surrounding beauty that is to be found within a short boat, plane or car ride away.
One morning we got up early, packed our sunscreen, water, lunch, windbreakers, sunglasses, bathing suits, towels and of course, camera and headed to the docks in Tofino to catch the boat Louis had booked tickets on the day before.
We were going on a whale watching and hot springs tour!
We traveled by boat over the swells of the ocean dipping in here and there into quiet coves in search of the Gray Whales. We saw many.
In the picture to the right you can barely see the blow of a Gray Whale surfacing.
Their majestic beauty was awe inspiring and I felt sorry for these gorgeous gentle creatures of the oceans who's numbers are dwindling each year.
We then continued on to our destination...Hot Springs Campground. Hot Springs Campground is on the mainland of Pacific Rim National Park and can only be reached by boat or by plane. Once you dock, you have a 40 minute hike ahead of you through beautiful rain forest.
We saw many ancient trees on your hike and a friendly marten seemed to want us to stop and chat, so we did.
He followed us for quite awhile and seemed to want to ask us a question.
Perhaps it was "Hey you! Do you have anything tasty in your knapsack for me?"
Louis gave him some of his french loaf but this marten seemed to be more carnivorous in nature and wanted something more substantial.
Once we neared the hot springs, we crossed over a lovely steaming hot stream coming down the mountain side and knew we were near to our destination.
Louis has much tougher skin than I and he was the first to jump right in and take a shower in the VERY hot water that streamed over the sides of the cliff.
I timidly entered the hot pools and found a cosy spot in one of the rock crevices where the cool water coming in from the ocean moderated the hotness of the hot spring water to make it tolerable for me.
We ate our lunch on some rocky cliffs that looked out over the ocean and then hiked back to our waiting boat. Some of our boat mates chose to fly back to Tofino via Tofino Air, the local float plane company.
I hope everyone gets to experience the natural hot springs near Tofino at least once in their life. They're absolutely heavenly.