As you ease into Canada’s second largest hot spring, relaxation pours into your body. After a hard day on the road, travellers traveling to Alaska can relax at Liard River Hot Springs.
The hot springs complex is noted for its natural setting in a lush boreal spruce forest, and it is of national ecological value. During the summer months, the park is such a popular tourist destination that the campground fills up early each day. Liard is also open throughout the year. Alpha Pool, a public hot spring with water temperatures ranging from 42°C to 52°C, is open to the public. A changing room and a composting toilet are available. A boardwalk that leads to the hot spring pools travels through a warm water swamp and boreal woodland, which are home to a broad range of plant groups as well as mammalian and avian species.
To avoid disturbing the vulnerable habitat, visitors must stay on the boardwalk at all times in this region. In the warm water wetlands, keep an eye out for moose eating. The area was formerly known as the “Tropical Valley” because of the rich plant life impacted by the springs’ warmth.
The tiny freshwater fish darting back and forth under the park’s wooden boardwalk are lake chub. Endemic to the park, these small fish are unique among North American minnows because they can survive in such warm water. the absolute number of Lake Chub in the Liard Hot Springs complex is not known but they are abundant and may number in the thousands.
Liard River Hot Springs is located on the Alaska Highway at kilometer 765, some 60 kilometers north of Muncho Lake Provincial Park.
Day of Inception: April 26, 1957
Size of the park: 1,082 hectares
Kootenay Forest Services Ltd. proudly operates this park.
For more information on the campground, contact Kootenay Forest Services at [email protected].
ph: 250 776-7000
access to campsite reservations
The day-use fee is $5 for adults, $3 for youngsters, and $10 for families from April 1 to October 31.
Adult annual passes are $10, and family passes are $20.
Visitors must pay at the gatehouse, which also serves as a nearby visitor center. The funds will be used to expand programs and personnel presence. The payments also contribute to the park’s upkeep expenses, which are elevated due to environmental variations and heavy usage. At the park, all fees must be paid in cash.
Reservations for campsites must be made by Discover Camping. When no reservations are open, all campsites are first-come, first-served.