Make Sure You Visit the Hot Springs Near Tofino at Least Once in Your Life

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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.The boat we took to see the hot springs and whales

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!Gray Whale Surfacing in Cove near Tofino

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.Marten that met us on the path at Hot Springs

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.Steaming water coming down the mountain side from the hot springs

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 in the hot springs near Tofino


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.Tofino Air

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.Boardwalk to the Hot Springs Near Tofino

I hope everyone gets to experience the natural hot springs near Tofino at least once in their life. They're  absolutely heavenly.



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LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea

The Hot Springs near Tofino looks like a dream of a place to get away from the city and recharge your batteries. Just beautiful.

Dec 22, 2009 02:32 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

The hot springs look awesome.  As I look out at all the snow and ice ahead this winter... the hot springs look very inviting.  Merry Christmas.. and thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.

Dec 22, 2009 02:40 PM


I am on my least in my dreams! What a perfect spot for one who has been snowed in for the past week!

Dec 22, 2009 02:54 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jo, This is a wonderful photo story. Perhaps you would consider posting in our new grioup, The ActiveRain Photo Blogger Group

Dec 22, 2009 03:33 PM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


Yes I've been there. The hot springs are much better au natural.

Dec 22, 2009 04:30 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Jo-Anne...Looks like a really neat place...would love to visit there. Have a great day!

Dec 22, 2009 09:51 PM
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


The entire province is spectacular. Our family certainly enjoyed tripsn to BC.


Dec 23, 2009 01:42 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jo, This place looks absolutely magnificent!  It feels like I went on the adventure right along with you....I loved it!  I wish you and your family a very, VERY Happy Holiday...

Dec 23, 2009 09:59 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Jo-Anne what lovely shots and it sounds like a visit that would be beneficial for me right now. 

Dec 24, 2009 12:01 AM
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

 hi Jo... compared to all the snow on my sundeck, Tofino looks like a much nicer place to be right now. ;-)  Thx for always inspiring us. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season and a truly amazing 2010. {hug}

Dec 24, 2009 02:24 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Lloyd,

I hope you get to visit there some day...


Dec 26, 2009 01:30 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


You must have had a white Christmas! We've had lots of rain here....


Dec 26, 2009 01:31 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


I hope you're 'unsnowed' in now and are enjoying your weekend....


Dec 26, 2009 01:32 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi William,

Sounds like a great group....I'm on my way shortly to join it!


Dec 26, 2009 01:32 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


We heard that a number of people think that way, but didn't see any.


Dec 26, 2009 01:33 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


I hope you get to visit there one's beautiful!


Dec 26, 2009 01:33 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


How right you are!


Dec 26, 2009 01:34 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


You would love it there...the energy is amazing.


Dec 26, 2009 01:35 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


After the busy holiday season I think everyone would love a trip there...of course, it;s kind of cool right now.


Dec 26, 2009 01:36 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

hi Marti,

I picture Montreal being pretty white about now....I hope you had a nice Christmas and the coming year is extra good to you!


Dec 26, 2009 01:37 AM