Sloquet Hot Springs is a spectacular naturally shaped hot spring situated on the traditional territory of the Xa’xtsa First Nation. The latter has used the hot springs for years and continues to hold spiritual and healing rituals here. The springs are about a two-hour drive from Pemberton, BC, and are situated within a BC Recreation site nestled in a valley with the lovely Sloquet Creek flowing along the southern boundary.
directions: Cilck here Every Forest Service Road has a sign at the entrance warning of the availability of 2-way radio channels on these roads. Both FSR users can have a two-way radio tuned to the right channel and call out kilometers markers so that other FSR users know what to expect. Tipella, located 2 kilometers south of the Sloquet FSR turnoff, has limited facilities. This includes things like gas, tire repairs, and towing. There is no mobile service from about 10 kilometers down the FSR, and there are no shops for supplies.
The in-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road, an active logging road, connects Sloquet to the north. Visitors should exercise caution when traveling on this road and be prepared to yield to heavy commercial traffic on the narrow, twisting road. Still have the headlights on. The Sts’ailes FSR provides access from the south (formerly Harrison West FSR). At the Sasquatch Inn, make a right. This is a Forest Service road. Please drive with your headlights on and pay close attention as working logging trucks frequent this route. There is petrol at the Sts’ailes First Nation gas station right on the road. *It is recommended to check on road conditions after heavy rain or snowfall in case traffic is temporarily restricted.
The hot spring has a temperature of 64°C as it occurs. A small cascade of steaming water spills out of Sloquet Creek’s steep perpendicular bank and into two small soaking pools. Downstream is a bigger, deeper soaking pool that resembles a normal creek bed but is warmer. The upper two pools and the waterfall’s water could be too hot to bathe in. The supernatant liquid is a layer of cold water that sits on top of the denser, hotter, mineral-rich outflow of hot springs. Before entering the springs, the temperature should be measured by dipping a toe into it. Another big soaking pool farther down the creek bed has a more comfortable soaking temperature. A neighboring glacier-fed river allows for Roman or Turkish-style swimming with alternating hot and cold dips. Camping is permitted at the campground, but facilities are restricted.
According to a water chemistry survey, the creek has 440 ppm SO4, 375 mg/L SO4, and Cl=60 mg/l.
Featured Photo by @emma._.ashleyy & @nathan.eng
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