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Fire & Ice: Liard River Hot Springs Is The Perfect Cold-Weather Destination

by Amy Huang |

He was referring to literal fire and ice, but nonetheless his poem highlights the poetry of the relationship between fire and ice. And it’s a relationship that can be experienced and felt most thoroughly in a place like Liard River Hot Springs, especially in the dead of winter.


Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park

Liard River Hot Spring
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Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park was established in 1957. It now features a campground, as well as a “Hanging Gardens Trail”, on top of the second-largest hot spring in Canada.

The 1,082-acre park is located within a lush boreal forest, in Northern British Columbia, in the Liard River community near Fort Nelson.

The waters of the Alpha Pool hover between 42°C and 52°C, and it’s open year-round. (There was also a Beta Pool, but it was permanently closed due to bear activity.)

Liard River Provincial Park
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An approximately 980-ft boardwalk passes through the forest, leading to the pool. In addition, nearby facilities include a change-house and a composting toilet.

The surrounding forest is home to a diverse plant community, as well as several mammal and bird species. Hence, why it’s sometimes referred to as the “Tropical Valley.”

Liard River Provincial Park
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A seasonal day-use fee of $5 is collected for adults, with annual passes at $10 for adults and $20 for families. From April 1 to October 31, there is a day-use fee of $5 for adults, $3 for children or $10 for families. Fees are payable in cash only at the park.

Camping at the park can be reserved through Discover Camping, and are accepted at a first-come, first-served basis.

Liard River Hot Springs
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Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park

Location: 75100-81198 Alaska Hwy, Northern Rockies B, BC.


Source: 604NOW