The thermal activity beneath British Columbia has gifted the province with several amazing hot springs, including Canada’s largest. Liard Hot Springs, the second largest, makes it on the Bucket List for several reasons: Its wilderness location is located in a lush boreal setting, adding to its ruggedness, charm and romance. It is a must-see year-round stop on the Alaska Highway, a place to rest weary bones and tired eyes.
Length of Trip : As long as feel like soaking. Since there’s not much around, you might want to camp overnight, or continue your drive north or south on the Alaska Highway.
Cost : There is a day-use fee of $5 per adult and $3 for children. Facilities include a change room, outhouse, and wooden boardwalk. Camping reservations are recommended and open mid-May to September 1.
Best time to go : The campground is open year-round. Some visitors prefer the cold winter months when the springs are less busy, and you’re surrounded by snow and steam is rising from the water. The campground offers full services May 1st to October 14.
Wheelchair friendly : Yes. Some trails are accessible too.
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : If you’re not cooking in your RV or around the campfire, pop across the road for a home-cooked meal at the Liard Hotsprings Lodge.
Official Site : Liard Hot Springs Offcial Website
Getting There : The springs and campground are located at kilometre 765 of the Alaska Highway, about 60 km north of Muncho Lake Provincial Park.
Note from Robin : Stairs on the left of the pool leads to cooler water. If you want to ease into the hotter temperatures, take the stairs on the right. The hot water from the springs offer more than just respite for tired, driving muscles. In summer, mosquitoes can be intense, so definitely bring repellant. Also watch for wildlife. In 1997, two people were killed at the hot springs by a vicious (and very, very rare) bear attack.
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It’s a rare occasion when the name of a car aligns so perfectly with what I’ve used it for. Whether rocketing along the notorious Trans-Labrador Highway, or cruising among the mountainous candy of the Icefield Parkway, the Ford Escape has indeed lived up to its name. It has stood up to some pretty epic challenges, and that includes taking a 6-month baby on a 30-day cross-country book tour. Compact yet spacious, powerful yet fuel efficient, and loaded with features you’ll soon wonder how you did without, the Ford Escape more than lives up to its moniker. – Robin Esrock
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