Shearwater Hot Springs Conservancy
About This ConservancyShearwater Hot Springs (also known as Europa Hot Springs) Conservancy is located along the north side of Alan Reach in Gardner Canal, on the north side of a small bay between Shearwater Point and Europa Point. It protects a popular marine hot springs and sheltered boat anchorage site along Gardner Canal. Local boaters and fishermen commonly stop at Shearwater hot springs for hot springs soaking, safe anchorage, picnics and camping.
There are no roads or trails in this conservancy.
Mooring BuoysIn April 2010, BC Parks with the help of Canada Coast Guard, installed two mooring buoys in the bay.
Bath HouseA bath house (13’ x 14’) is provided so that park visitors may enjoy soaking in the warm and odorless hot springs water. The hot springs water comes out of the ground from cracks in the bedrock at the bottom of the hot springs pool. It flows out at a rate of about 7.1 litres per minute. Water temperature at the source and in the bath house pool is about 40.6 degrees Celsius. The hot springs and bath house are located along the north shore of the bay. UTM coordinates are: Zone 09U; 5922456 m North; 0529202 m East.
The water in the hot springs is not suitable for drinking.
Conservancy Size: 33 ha
Location and Maps
- Lakelse Douglas Channel Area map [PDF 1.87MB]
- Reference: Marine Chart #3745 (Gardner Canal).
- Reference: 1:50,000 scale Topographic Map #103 H/7 (Ursula Channel).
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre:
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
ph: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Shearwater Conservancy map [PDF 909KB]
Nature and Culture
Shearwater Hot Springs Conservancy was designated as a conservancy on May 31, 2007 following recommendations from the North Coast Land and Resource Management Plan. The hot springs building and pools were originally built in August 1986 by a crew of volunteers from C.F.I. In June 2008 the original bath house was removed and rebuilt in partnership with BC Timber Sales, BC Parks, Haisla First Nation and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.
- Cultural Heritage:
The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territory of the Haisla First Nation. Use the below link for more information or to contact this First Nation.
The conservancy protects an area of high recreational use, portions of a small coastal stream and coastal wildlife habitat that includes the marine foreshore and intertidal areas.
- Wildlife: General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Online Management planning information for this conservancy is not available at this time.
Activities Available at this Park
Adventurous and experienced kayakers may enjoy exploring the bay and shorelines in this conservancy.
There are opportunities to fish for trout and salmon in the creek that enters the bay inside the conservancy. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.
This Conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.
It is possible to SCUBA dive or snorkel in the conservancy. The water clarity is best during winter and spring.
Swimming is possible in the ocean, but the water is cold all year round. There are no lifeguards on duty in the conservancy.
Facilities Available at this Park
Cabins / Huts / Yurts
There is trapper’s cabin built by the Haisla First Nation and is available for public use. The cabin is 15' x 12' with 2 double bunk beds. The cabin is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be prepared to sleep outside if the cabin is full. It is possible to anchor a boat in the bay close to the cabin and hot springs. The cabin is located at the mouth of the creek (south side) in the bay. The UTM coordinates for the cabin are: Zone 09U; 5922231 m North; 0529701 m East.
Firewood is not provided. If you must have a fire, please burn only dead and down wood, and be sure to fully extinguish the fire when done. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil so please use it conservatively, if at all. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of campfires and using camp stoves instead. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented during extremely hot weather conditions.
Shearwater Hot Springs has a day-use/picnic area. The top deck above the bath house has a covered area of about 12’ x 12’ with a picnic table, bench and coat hooks. This area can be used for picnics and provides easy access to the hot spring and good views of Gardner Canal and distant snow-capped mountains. There are two mooring buoys in the bay that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pit or Flush Toilets
A Zeebest backcountry pit toilet was installed in June 2012. It is located behind the Haisla First Nation trapper’s cabin.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed. Reservations are not accepted at this conservancy and all sites and facilities are on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are winter camping opportunities in this conservancy, as it can be accessed year round.