The Hot Springs of the Halfway River – Canadian commons!

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Halfway Hot Springs are just half an hour from the sources of St. Leon, which we mentioned above. Quite recently, a quite good camping ground was built nearby. Here you will have a feeling of multi-storey: from the parking you go down to one site prepared for tents, even lower another site, and even lower sources themselves. Sources are small reservoirs around the perimeter of the river. At the same time, the upper stratum is very hot, and already deeply warm, sometimes even cool.

Unusual sensations. If you go there, then note that just above there is a beautiful waterfall. The springs are located in the Provincial Park of Macinne Marin on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The water temperature in them is very high it starts from 47 C and decreases in tidal pools created by waves from the Pacific Ocean. At high tide, splashes of salty ocean water reach even high springs, and visitors experience extraordinary sensations when splashes of ice water and hot water in springs are combined. If you like a hot bath, try to stay under water for a minute or two.

It is indescribable to feel the strength and warmth of the Earth around your body. You can get to the sources by water taxi from Tofino, and then you need to take a short stroll along the well-equipped boardwalk. If you want to get to the springs yourself, then you can take a kayak. The hot springs of St. Leon are not far from the well-known springs of Nakusp Hot Springs, so if you go to bask not in the pool, but in a natural setting, you should definitely walk here.

Hot springs of St. Leon are three stone reservoirs, the higher, the hotter. This is a favorite place for young people: they usually go there for hours by 11 at night, with their own drinks and candles. You can reach them from Nakusp Hot Springs in two ways: stop at a fork and walk from there on a level foot for half an hour, or go after a fork on the road above and then go down the steep slope for 10 minutes. In winter, it is advised to wear snowshoes. In general, these sources are built on private land, but since there are no signs, they are publicly available. Locals have spent a lot of time and effort to build these stone reservoirs, so they also help with caring for them.

A boardwalk through boreal forests and warm-water marshes takes you to the first pool, where most visitors stop. If this place seems too crowded to you, walk another kilometer to the Beta basin, where the whole pool may be at your disposal. Hot springs feed warm-water swamps that never freeze and attract many animals.