Nature enthusiasts seeking refuge amongst the forest will appreciate the Sloquet Hot Springs in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. Nestled in the traditional territory of the Xa’xtsa First Nation, these thermal spring pools have become a popular destination for soakers in the Fraser Valley.
Some guests hold onto traditional activities such as spiritual and cleansing ceremonies.
Mineral Hot Spring Pools
A series of small, rustic sandy-bottomed pools make up the Sloquet Hot Springs. Although the pools are referred to as small in stature, they offer enough comfortable soaking space for a few people per pool.
Each pool is aligned with boulders that make the perfect, all-natural backrest for optimal relaxation. Surrounded by lush forestry, Sloquet Hot Springs can easily be named a nature lover’s paradise.
The temperature of each pool varies depending on location. Those closer to the source – a hot waterfall that cascades into a stream below – the hotter the water. Those who want to enjoy a warmer, less piping-hot visit should venture further out. If you find yourself too hot from the natural mineral hot spring waters, take a quick dip in the chilly Sloquet Creek nearby.
Regardless of where you’re soaking, bathing suits are required, and there is no alcohol allowed. The area is sacred to the Xa’xtsa people, and they have requested these simple rules to retain the spiritual history of the site.
There is a small fee for day use of the hot springs.
Overnight camping is allowed at Sloquet Hot Springs (for a small fee).
There are 20 sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each campsite is said to have enough room for visitors to have a decent amount of privacy. Each site is also equipped with a picnic table, fire pit, and toilet pit.
The area is known as a “leave no trace” campground. Essentially, everything you bring in with you must be brought out – including trash. Enjoy an entirely forested setting and reconnect to Mother Earth.
Address: Fraser Valley C, British Columbia V0M 1L0, Canada
Phone: +1 604-898-2100 (Forest District info for recreation sites and trails)