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LIARD RIVER HOT SPRINGS
Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. It is home to the second largest hot spring in Canada. The park is part of the larger Muskwa-Kechika Management Area. The community of Liard River, British Columbia is located nearby.
The park contains 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 warm water swamps. Bears, as well, are a common hazard in summer months, and may be feeding only 10 feet away from bathers. Due to the lush plant life (including 14 species of orchids) influenced by the warmth of the springs, the area was originally known as the "Tropical Valley".
There are two hot springs with water temperatures ranging from 42 to 52 °C (108 to 126 °F); the nearest is the Alpha pool. Beta pool is beyond Alpha and is larger, cooler and deeper. As of 2013, Beta pool has been permanently closed due to bear traffic, and the boardwalk leading to it has been removed. There are raised walkways from the parking area to the springs so that the delicate muskeg that forms the swamp is not disturbed. The walkway was the scene of a much-publicized black bear attack that killed two tourists on August 14, 1997.
The campground is open year-round.
- Bathing pools
- Change houses
- Wheelchair access
- A 300-metre (980 ft) long wooden walkway leads from the parking lot to the hotsprings pool, crossing picturesque muskeg.
- environmentally friendly composting outhouse
- A lodge with restaurant is located across the highway, the Liard Hot Springs Lodge.
- Muncho Lake Provincial Park is just 30 km south of the Liard Hotsprings.
- Liard River Corridor Provincial Park and Protected Area borders the park to the south.