Hot Springs Cove
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Hot Water, Cool Waves
Imagine steamy spring water washing over your back as refreshing ocean waves surge onto your chest - all while you take in stunning Pacific Ocean views. This is Hot Springs Cove, tucked away on the beautifully rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Mother Nature couldn't have designed it any better. The springs are most commonly accessed via Tofino - 20 minutes by seaplane, or about 1.5 hours by boat each way, including stops to view passing whales and other wildlife. Either way, the views are simply spectacular. Find the tours that combine both modes of transport. After your boat or seaplane docks at the pier, you'll meander through 1.2 km of serene rainforest on a well-maintained boardwalk. Make sure to take advantage of the lookout point near the end of the trail. When you emerge from the forest, you'll be greeted by the changing area and a short path leading down to the series of rock pools that descend towards the ocean. Carefully, make your way down from the hottest to the coolest, eventually resting in the last pool that receives a mix of spring and ocean water - it's simply sublime. Tips: arrive early to avoid crowds, pack lunch, and bring aqua socks to negotiate the rocky terrain. A water proof case for your camera couldn't hurt as well to capture those shots to make your friends at home extremely jealous.
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