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Canada’s 2nd Largest Hot Spring Is Nestled In The Wilderness Of B.C.

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Photo: Liard River Hotsprings/Wikipedia

Did you know that the country’s second largest hot springs pool resides in beautiful BC? Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park is the ultimate oasis for relaxation.

The thermal bath is open year-round and is a popular spot for tourists traveling along the Alaska Highway.

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The 2,674-acre park is equipped with a large natural pool that simmers between 108 degrees to 126 degrees Fahrenheit.

To access the hot springs, also known as Alpha Pool—pass over a boardwalk that crosses a warm water swamp and goes on to the boreal forest. Spot fish swimming in the swamp or see a moose nearby. The area boasts an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty.

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Photo: BC Gov Photos/Flickr

Take a short walk past the hot springs to discover the Hanging Gardens, where calcium deposits from the springs have formed a terraced wall full of plant life.

Peak season is in the Summer, but it’s just as magical (maybe even more so) during the Winter months when it’s less busy and surrounded by snow. You may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.


Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park

Where: Find it at Historical Mile 496 of the Alaska Highway, BC

When: Open year-round

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