If you’re anything like us, you can only go to the sauna at rec centre so many times before it starts to get a little boring. In the spirit of colder temps and better Instas, we decided to take a look at 5 BC hot springs, with a focus on accessibility from Vancouver.

Note: This article was published prior to new public health restrictions in place in British Columbia. As always, make sure to follow both provincial and any local health guidelines when planning activities.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort


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By far the easiest to get to, Harrison Hot Springs are also a world-class hot springs destination, so it’s a win-win. They’ve got 5 different hot-spring fed mineral pools, each at a different temperature. Convenience can be pricey though- it’s a minimum $100 per person to get a day pass, so maybe wait until your next paycheck, or convince your friends to go on your birthday.

When: Open year-round
Where: 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
Cost: $55 for a 20-minute session, check out packages here

T’sek Hot Springs


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The next closest is the T’sek Hot Springs, located in the Skookumchuck region. This destination is practically the opposite of Harrison, with overnight camping priced at around $30 (heads up, it’s cash only). Getting a pass provides access to soaking tubs that are apparently open 24/7, though we wouldn’t recommend testing that out. One more thing- clothing’s optional, so this is a great destination for your friends that are constantly praising the ‘freedom’ of Wreck Beach.

When: Open year-round
Where: No address, here’s the link on Google Maps
Cost: Free with the purchase of a day/camping pass, inquire for prices by calling (604) 820-6873

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Hot Springs Cove

Planning a trip to Vancouver Island soon? Hot Springs Cove is probably the most secluded destination on this list that can still be considered a day trip. It’s only accessible via plane or boat, but charters are available daily from Tofino. Our advice? Leave work early to go Tofino Friday, walk around Saturday, then spend Sunday at the springs before you head back to metropolitan life.

When: Open year-round, weather permitting
Where: Once again, here’s a Google Maps link
Cost: Free, but charters to get there start at $109

Halcyon Hot Springs

The second furthest from Vancouver, Halcyon Hot Springs focus lies on the healing qualities of their mineral-rich pools. With reasonable day rates and a waterfront location on Upper Arrow Lake, Halcyon Hot Springs are definitely worth planning a trip around.

When: Open year-round, but go in the summer if you want to take a dip in the lake
Where: Central Kootenays, near Naskup
Cost: One dip is $17, while a day pass is $27 (for adults)

Ainsworth Hot Springs

Just a little further than Halcyon lies the Ainsworth Hot Springs. Situated on Kootenay Lake, this location features a regular hot spring-fed pool, with the real draw for us being the natural caves that are open to guests. Of course, pools are cool, but we rave about caves (yikes).

When: Open year-round
Where: Central Kootenays, 45 minutes east of Nelson
Cost: $13 for Adults

Have a favourite that we didn’t list? Let us know for our next guide!