Lussier Hot Springs

A recent camping trip to the breathtaking White Swan Lake Provincial Park, BC allowed us to stumble upon the hidden gem that is Lussier Hot Springs. Whilst driving along the windy and treacherous White Swan Forestry logging road, you'll pass a huge sign for the hot springs along with parking spaces, and even a changing room! A short downwards trail (less than 5 minutes) into the valley allows you to easily access these majestic mineral water hot springs. 

The Lussier Hot Springs are very different to that of the Banff Upper Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs as they lay naturally in a beautiful wilderness setting alongside the fast-flowing cold water rapids of the Lussier River. The hot springs are divided into three separate shallow pools by huge rocks, each one ranging in temperature depending on its closeness to the river - the hottest one stays at a toasty 110°F. Possibly the best thing about this place is that it's absolutely free! We'd recommend going in the morning if you want the hot springs all to yourself, as it can get pretty busy during the day. 

Back in the day, Kootenai native people frequently hunted around White Swan Lake. To soothe their bodies and feet they would take a dip in the hot mineral waters of the Lussier Hot Springs. 

To get to these remote hot springs, drive along highway 93/95 and turn east onto White Swan Forestry road. Follow this gravel logging road for 18km to reach your wilderness destination. Remember to be extremely cautious of the large trucks hauling past whilst on this windy narrow road. (From Banff, the journey takes about three and a half hours but it is definitely worth it!)

For more information, check out the White Swan Lake Provincial Park page here.

 

Lynn Canyon Park

Lynn Canyon Park is a great hidden gem to visit in North Vancouver, and it is completely free compared to its nearby tourist-magnet counterpart (Capilano Suspension Bridge).

The park officially opened to the public in 1912 and was only 12 acres in size. Now, the park stands at a huge 617 acres and offers many creeks, waterfalls and trails to enjoy within this temperate rainforest. Due to its moderate temperature, mild climate and huge rainfall, Lynn Canyon Park represents one of the world's rarest and most biologically productive ecosystems. Within this climate, coniferous trees grow a plenty - some of which are 80-100 years old. The most common trees you'll see in the park are Douglas-fir, western redcedar, western hemlock and sittka spruce - normally draped in beautiful green moss. There are boardwalks and trails all across the park so that you can revel everywhere this place has to offer. Lynn Canyon Park also has a suspension bridge that is 40 metres long and 50 metres high, which stretches across the canyon with pools, waterfalls and raging water down below. This is a great place for a short little walk if you find yourself in North Vancouver.

At the entrance to the park lies the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, a cool little addition to the park, where you can find a mass of information about the animals, plants and environmental issues within this treasured area.

For more information about Lynn Canyon Park, click here.