The Yukon Territory of Canada is a hot spot for nature enthusiasts, and one popular location that’s been attracting nature lovers for over 100 years is none other than the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs. Formerly known as Takhini Hot Springs, these gorgeous, organic hot spring pools offer relaxation and therapeutic benefits to the public, from locals to travelers far and wide.
The Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs has a rich history that began with First Nations, a term used for Canadian Indigenous communities (Inut or Metis). In fact, the First Nations Chief maintained the first bath on the marsh, known as “Jim Boss’ Bathtub.” Discovered in 1907 by settlers, the springs instantly became a destination for those looking to relieve aches and pains.
In the 1950s, a wooden bath was constructed by U.S. Army engineers during the production of the Alaska Highway. Throughout the 2000s, the springs continued to utilize the natural, mineral-rich steamy waters below ground. There was a consistent flow of organic water held around 35°C, although the hottest spots of the pool can reach up to 42°C.
Today, the pools are being remodeled to create the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs. While there is no set opening date, guests are hoping for it to be completed in 2022.
Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs Pools
Initially, the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs had two pools that ranged from 37-42°C. Each pool was filled with mineral-rich water beneath the ground, with calcium, magnesium, and iron being the bulk of the nutrients. Although providing therapeutic benefits for soakers and swimmers, it gave the pools a subtle reddish hue without the typical sulfur stench.
The new Eclipse Nordic facility will nix the swimming-style hot spring pools and replace them with four, Japanese-style soaking baths using the same mineral-rich hot spring water. They will be constructed with flagstone and multiple seating positions. Surrounding boulders will provide an earthier setting, too, so visitors can still feel like they’re out in nature.
Thanks to the extravagant remodeling, Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs will offer a myriad of activities, including saunas, steam rooms, relaxation rooms, lounge chairs, fire pits, walking paths, and ski trails. The new-and-improved location is also opening a new restaurant offering “spa-fusion” food. Here, you will find delicious meals to accommodate your stay.
If you’re looking for a fun event to participate in, the hair freezing contest is a must. Every February, guests are encouraged to enter the hot spring pools when the outside temperatures are -20°C and below, soaking their hair in the water. Once fully frozen, ring the bell to inform the staff you want a photo taken. The winner is chosen by whose picture receives the most votes.
Most people visit the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. Taking about 20 minutes to reach, guests will need to:
- Head west towards 4 Ave
- Turn right at the first cross street onto 4 Ave
- Continue to Two Mile Hill Road
- Turn right onto YT-2/N Yukon 1 W
- Turn right onto YT-2 N
- Turn left onto Takhini Hot Springs Road
Address: 10 Takhini Hot Springs Road, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 7A2, Canada