This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Interpretive signs posted along the boardwalk to the hotsprings provide information about the geology and thermal features of the park.
Maquinna Marine Provincial Park and Protected Area
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Please be advised that Maquinna Marine Park will be replacing the failing boardwalk in sections over the course of the next few years (anticipated 2017-2020). To do this, the foot tread planks need to be removed. If you have a carved plank that you would like to keep as a souvenir and can provide proof of ownership, please contact the Project Manager at (250) 391-2315. The manager will have it removed and stored in the BC Parks Tofino office. All planks must be picked up in person. The boardwalk will not be closed to the public but for safety, visitors and permit holders should ensure they follow signs and/or direction from the contractors on site.
Know Before You Go
Guiding in Parks
In Provincial Parks, any person acting as a guide or offering guiding services, including vessel drop offs, must hold a valid Park Use Permit (Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulation, Section 4). Please ensure the company you hire is legally operating in the park.
Please report any damage, disturbance or irregularities in the park to:
Ahous Business Corporation
- There is a user fee of $3.00 per person per day
- Campfires are NOT PERMITTED on the Openit Peninsula portion of the park where the hot springs are located.
Dogs at Maquinna Park (Hot Springs Cove)
DOGS or PETS are not permitted beyond the start of the boardwalk or in and around the pools.
At times, local dogs may enter the park in their search for handouts. Please do not feed or pet the local dogs as it encourages them to stay.
Park users should ensure their food is secure while they are at the hotsprings. The change room/ picnic shelter has numerous hooks available for folks to hang their bags out of reach of dogs or other critters.
- Please be aware: The two kilometre boardwalk to the hotsprings may not be suitable for all people. The boardwalk includes numerous sections of stairs and has many steps that could be physically challenging for some visitors. Access to the pools is through a rock strewn area and may also pose challenges due to the uneven footing.
- Avoid times of high tides and high swells During winter high tides, the pools fill with cold sea water. Rough water and floating wood debris may cause bodily harm to bathers. Plan your visits to the springs to avoid times of high tides and high swells. Check with the tour operator, air carrier or water taxi before you start your trip.
About This ParkVisitors from around the world flock to Maquinna Marine Provincial Park in Clayoquot Sound to soak in the natural hot mineral spring pools. These geothermal hot springs cascade down a waterfall into half a dozen rocky pools. The delightful hot pools flow from one level to the next, gradually becoming cooler as the fresh spring water is cooled by ocean swells.
The park, located northwest of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, also encompasses a significant wilderness area known for coastal hiking, wilderness camping, sea kayaking and wildlife viewing.
Numerous tourism companies in Tofino, Ahousaht, and Hotsprings Village offer tours and/or transportation to Hot Springs Cove, which is only accessible by water or air. A pleasant half-hour along a boardwalk trail through old-growth rainforest leads to the hot pools, which remain at an average temperature of approximately 50 degrees Celsius.
Special Features: The natural hot spring pools at this park are a very unique feature. The geothermal hot springs cascade down a waterfall into half a dozen rocky pools. These pools flow from one level to the next becoming gradually cooler as the fresh spring water is cooled by ocean swells.
Established Date: January 7, 1955 for the park and July 7, 2004 for the Protected Area
Size: Park – 2,667 hectares (1,269 ha upland, 1,398 ha foreshore); Protected Area – 53 hectares
- NO CAMPING and NO FIRES allowed in the hot springs area at the southern part of Openit Peninsula in the park. Use the private campground located to the north of the park.
- DOGS or PETS are not permitted on the boardwalk or in and around the pools.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park.
- Glass containers are not permitted in and around the pools.
- Soap, shampoo and other cleaning materials are not permitted in or near the pools.
- Clothing in this public park is not optional. Visitors must wear appropriate bathing apparel such as bathing suits/shorts.
MAQUINNA DOCK OVERNIGHT FEE IN EFFECT
THIS APPLIES TO ALL VESSELS MOORING OVERNIGHT
Moorage * $2.00 per metre, per night (includes taxes).
* Rafting of vessels is not permitted.
Fee Payment * Either a park attendant may collect the docking fee
OR payment can be made at the self-registration
fee station located next to the on shore park entrance Information Shelter.
- Reserved Space * Reserving dock space is not permitted, red painted tie rails and signage restricts dock space for park ranger vessels, or loading zones for authorized vessels and float plane.
- Vessel Size * Docking at this facility is restricted to restriction vessels under 12m in length, larger vessels must anchor away from dock.
- Maximum Stay * Maximum length of stay is 14 days per calendar year.
“Vessel” means a boat, canoe, kayak or other craft used, or capable of being used, for navigation on water.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
The following companies currently have a Park Use Permit to provide water and air access service:
- Adventure Tofino Bed & Breakfast and Wildlife Tours 250-725-2895
- Atleo River Air Service 1-866-662-8536
- Jamie’s Whaling Station 250-725-3919
- Ocean Outfitters – Tofino Adventure Tour Co. 1-877-906-2326
- Tofino Air 1-866-486-3247
- Tofino Water Taxi 1-866-794-2537
- Weigh West Marine Resort 1-800-665-8922
- West Coast Aquatic Safaris 1-877-594-2537
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: Many Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations cultural heritage sites are contained in Maquinna Provincial Marine Park.
- Conservation: Well known for its natural hot springs, Maquinna Marine Park also includes an extensive coastal area with a variety of coastal ecosystems including extensive off-shore reefs, boulder, cobble and sand beaches, sea caves, sheltered bays, kelp beds, and mudflats.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
GPS: Lat. 49° 20’ 59” North; Long. 126° 15’ 34” West
Pool Water Temperature: 50°C
Facilities: Boat dock; 2 km boardwalk trail with stairs and viewing platform; change house; picnic shelter; composting pit toilets.
Comments: Also known as Ramsay Hot Springs. The hot springs have a faint sulphur smell. They flow down a waterfall and into 6 rocky natural intertidal pools, flowing from one level to the next and becoming progressively cooler towards the ocean. It’s about a 40 minute walk (2 km) from the Maquinna dock at Hot Springs Cove and through the old-growth rain forest. The following are NOT ALLOWED at the hot springs: dogs, pets, camping, campfires, glass containers, soaps and shampoos. There is a $3.00 user fee, per person, per day for the hot springs and an overnight moorage fee of $2.00 per metre, per night for overnight boaters using the dock.