Hot Springs Cove Sea to sky adventure

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We drive the 20 kilometers to Tofino early in the morning and park at Jamie’s Whaling Station. The weather is sunny so we decide to book a Hot Springs Cove Sea to sky adventure. After a coffee at a local bakery down the street we leave for a boat ride through the bay to the springs, hoping to see whales on the way. We indeed see some gray whales from a distance and sea lions lying on a small rock. After about one and a half hour we arrive at Maquinna Provincial Park. We have to walk a boarded trail for about 40 minutes through the rainforest before we get to the springs. The leaflet tells us that ‘for thousands of years the natural thermal hot springs have poured out of the rocks and spilled out on the edge of the Pacific Ocean’. The location is beautiful; the springs are perched right at the water’s edge overlooking the open ocean. The place is only accessible by boat or plane. We enjoy lying in the warm water for some time before we head back to the dock. Arriving there, our transportation for the way back just landed: an air floatplane.  This was the highlight of the day! With two other people we get on the plain and enjoy the scenic flight back to Tofino. From the air we saw another gray whale in the water. It really was fantastic!

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