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Facilities Available at this Park
Park Contact For information concerning the Vehicle Accessible Campground:
Kootenay Forest Resources
E-mail: ekparks@telus.net
Phone: (250) 776-7000

Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park

Know Before You Go

New Adventure Playground
  • July 18, 2013:
    The new adventure playground has been installed.

User Fee

There is a seasonal day-use fee of $5 for adults, $3 for children or $10 for families. Annual passes cost $10 for adults and $20 for families.

Visitors can pay at the staffed gatehouse, which also functions as a local visitor centre. 75% of the revenue will be invested back into Liard River Hot Springs park. The funding will go toward increased services and staff presence. The fees also help to cover the park’s maintenance costs, which are high due to weather variances and heavy use.

About This Park

Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park Relaxation seeps into your body as you ease into the second largest hot spring in Canada. Liard River Hot Springs provides relief to Alaskan bound travellers after a long day on the road.

The hot springs complex is of national ecological significance and is well known for its natural setting in a lush boreal spruce forest. The park is such a popular stop over for tourists that the campgound fills up early each day during the summer months. Liard is also open year round. There is a hot spring open to the public called Alpha pool with water temperatures ranging from 42° C to 52° C. Facilities include a change house and composting toilet. A boardwalk, which leads to the hot spring pools, passes through a warm water swamp and boreal forest that supports rich and diverse plant communities as well as mammal and bird species.

Visitors are asked to stay on the boardwalk at all times in this area so as not to disturb the sensitive habitat. Watch for moose feeding in the warm water swamps. Due to the lush plant life influenced by the warmth of the springs, the area was originally known as the “Tropical Valley.”

Park Size: 1082 hectares

Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
Year round
Winter fee – October 14 to April 30; reduced services
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 1 – September 30
Campground Reservable Dates: May 15 – September 1
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 53
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
21
Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.

Reservations

All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

Reserve a site

Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Located at kilometre 765 of the Alaska Highway, approximately 60 km north of Muncho Lake Provincial Park.
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Nature and Culture

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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Hiking

Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Swimming

Swimming

Visitors can bathe in the Alpha pool which has a shallow end for children; benches are also located in the pool. There are NO LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY at provincial parks.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

A boardwalk, which leads to the hot spring pools, passes through a warm water swamp and boreal forest which supports rich and diverse plant communities as well as mammal and bird species. Watch for moose feeding in the the warm water swamps.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Two hand pumps are available in the campground. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

Effective June 2, 2005, the Province introduced a new day-use fee at Liard River Hot Springs. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children or $10 for families. Annual passes cost $10 for adults and $20 for families. Visitors pay at the staffed gatehouse, which also functions as the local visitor centre.

75% of these revenues will be invested back into the park. The funding will go towards increased services and staff presence. These new fees will also help to cover this park’s maintenance costs, which are high due to weather variances and heavy use.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Playground

Playground

An adventure playground is located in the day-use area.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $12.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Some facilities and hiking trails in the park are wheelchair accessible.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $16.00 per party / night