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53° 14’ 46” N | 128° 40’ 50” W

Eucott Bay Hot Springs is sheltered on the north side of Dean Channel. The mineral water collects in a concrete and rock pool about 6.5 feet above the high tide line on the east side of the bay near a row of six old wood pilings. Hop in for a soak that only slightly smells of Sulphur (it’s good for the skin, right?) and an incredible view of the bay and the extensive cascading waterfall beyond or have a seat in the little bathtub for a semi-private soak and a great photo op. Sheltered anchorage is plentiful.

A magical little spring awaits in the wilderness on the east side of Princess Royal Channel, along the Inside Passage route, with protected anchorage about 6.2 miles north of Butedale. Klekane Hot Springs features a cedar bathhouse where odorless mineral water pours into an 8’ by 8’ concrete pool covered by a green metal roof. At the source, temperatures vary around 127o F (52o C); 106o F (41o C) in the bathhouse. To find the pool, navigate to the northeastern end of the estuary, about five minutes in from the water’s edge at high tide, and just about 65 feet from a small trickling stream.

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Pack it in and pack it out. Arriving to a hot spring littered with wrappers, beer cans, clothing, and who knows what else is a huge let down and can not only put a damper on your experience but also harm the ecosystem itself. Who wants to get into a pool with dirty, garbage-filled water? It’s not your bathtub. Sure, it might feel like one and look like one, but hot springs aren’t equipped to support soap, shampoo, or any other foreign chemical substances. Leave the bath bombs at home and keep these beautiful pools clean. Respect your neighbors. In some cases, clothing might be optional, especially in the more secluded springs, so either dive into the deep end, or simply prepare to see a little extra skin. Read the vibe, and if your neighbor wants a private soak, it’s important to respect that. All in all, most visit hot springs to relax, so as much as you love a solid playlist, it’s respectful to keep your music and conversation to a lull. This topic also encompasses resident wildlife. Bears, whales, bald eagles, sea otters, deer, mountain goats, and more frequent these areas so be aware, both for your well-being as well as theirs. Do your research. Read up on popular times and pool capacity and adjust your schedule accordingly. This will help lessen the environmental impact of your visit and most likely improve your hot spring experience. Leave no trace. Remember that you’re a visitor, so act as you would visiting someone else’s home. Many hot springs have been shut down in the past due to misuse, so it’s up to us to be respectful of these beautiful sites so we can all go on enjoying them in the future. Use the restroom before you go, leave your pups at the boat, and if you plan to camp, set up far away from the springs themselves.

Near Ahousat Hot Springs on Vancouver Island.

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6 Shearwater Hot Springs 53° 27’ 01” N | 128° 33’ 37” W Located on the north side of Alan Reach in Gardner Canal in a bay between Shearwater and Europa Point, a protected anchorage site awaits and is a warm, toasty treat. Shearwater Hot Springs is a great pick-me-up after a long day on the water. Tie up to one of the two buoys and head over to the two-pool bathhouse for a soak in the warm, odorless, mineral waters that flow up from the cracks in the pools’ bedrock. At the source, the temperature boasts a comfortable 106o F (41o C). There is also a trapper’s cabin available for public use on the a first-come, first-served basis.

One of the warm pools at Shearwater. (Photo: Russell & Tammy Massey)

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