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|Hot Springs Wikipedia Commons|
There is a special little place in British Colombia on the Alaska Highway about 18 hours northwest of Jasper, Alberta, Canada and almost 17 hours northeast of Juneau, Alaska that was once called “Tropical Valley”. Hidden within a lush boreal forest like a secret garden, is a group of natural hot springs ranging in temperatures from 108 F to 126 F. Now named the Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park, it is Canada’s second largest hot springs and a popular tourist attraction especially in the summer. Travelers can rest from the long drive on the Alaska Highway and relax in the hot restorative waters.
The warm water pools nourish an immense diversity of flora and fauna, including 14 different species of wild orchid. Moose often feed in the warm swamps surrounding the pools. One hot springs pool is reserved for humans, but moose, beavers, and bears, don’t always follow the rules. Another pool had been open in previous years, but the bears enjoyed it too much so they had to close it for humans.
In the winter, visitors to the hot springs can soak in the relaxing waters surrounded by snow frosted trees and gaze up to see the dancing greens and purples of the Northern Lights. I would love to witness that. Even though we’re going in the spring, I think it will be just as magical and maybe someday we'll return to see the park in its winter splendor.
|Snow covered trees surrounding springs|
National Geographic Travel- check out this link to see a cool winter photo of the park
British Columbia Parks