Hike-in Required
Yes
Open Year-round
Yes
Water Temperature
42.00 °C (107.60 °F)
Sensitive Habitat
No
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Located along the Alaska Highway at kilometer 765, one of Canada's largest hot springs invites travelers to take a therapeutic break from the road. Among dense boreal forest near Liard River, hot water trickles out of rocks and seeps out of the ground, creating a large warm-water swamp and steaming cascades. One large pool, called Alpha Pool, has been constructed near the major spring, where aqua-blue mineralized water pours from the rocks and steam rises into the trees.

Getting to the hot spring requires a short but scenic hike along a boardwalk in the warm-water swamp. You are likely to see moose and other wildlife, which seem to enjoy the warm water as well. At the pool, a wooden deck with changing rooms and cubbies borders one side, and stairs lead into the water. The upper pool is more built up and the water is hottest here, but a lower pool has a more natural feel and slightly cooler water, perfect for an extended soak. A short set of stairs leads past the pool and up to the hanging garden where hot water exudes from the rocks and nourishes a drapery of ferns and wildflowers.

This is a family-friendly hot spring, so nudity and alcohol are prohibited. It is open 24 hours a day, year round. A day use fee of $5 is payable in cash only at the entrance kiosk. The day use area is shared with campers of the adjacent Liard River Hot Springs Campground. Please be respectful of other visitors.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Large hot spring pool. Various temperatures. Camping nearby.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

Constructed
Big Game Watching
Family friendly
Vault toilet
Picnic tables
Wildflowers

Number of pools

2

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Northern Rocky Mountain Foothills, British Columbia
Northern Rocky Mountain Foothills, British Columbia

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

08/05/2019
The Hanging Gardens area of Liard Hot Springs was the scene of a black bear attack on Aug. 14, 1997 which left two dead and two mauled: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByDYUgaOmNs
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