Liard Hot Springs
No drive up the Alaska Highway would be complete without a stop at Liard Hot Springs, so I had to oblige. The area is super popular with hundreds of people roaming around taking photos and generally being tourists.
Massive boardwalks have been built to take you right out to the main soaking area, “Alpha Pool”, the pool we have all seen photos of. It was a great pool, really big, deep and clear. At one end the hot water flowed in too hot too touch, and right next to it was a cold waterfall. Further down the pool the water had all mixed making for a great soak. The water continued to flow, forming a river that could be explored – the further you went the colder and muddier it got, with overhanging vines and submerged logs. The Alpha Pool was always busy, but it’s obvious why – it really was fantastic.
I didn’t get a very good photo of this one because I was too busy soaking.
Another 5 minutes down the boardwalk was “Beta Pool”, an entirely different thing. Here, hot water was bubbling up from the bottom of a 3 meter deep, 5 meter across hole in the mud. The water was not very clear thus the pool was almost always empty. It was also slightly cooler, which meant you could soak for a lot longer without overheating. This pool was good in it’s own way, but I do prefer a nice gravel bottom.
I camped a night at Liard and soaked in the springs 5 times
I highly recommend it to anyone passing through.