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Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park
Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park is located just approximately km 305 km (191 miles) north of Fort Nelson and 205 km (128 miles) south of Watson Lake, Yukon. The small community of Liard River is close by.

Travelling Here
In order to get to Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park travel 60 km (37.5 miles) north of Muncho Lake on the Alaska Highway No. 97. If you are heading south, travel on Hwy 97 from the Yukon approximately 190 km (119 miles) from Lower Post.

Park Highlights
The main highlights of the Liard Hot Springs Provincial Park are the two therapeutic hot springs pools, one called Alpha the other Beta, and the unique vegetarian found in the area.

Two Developed Pools
Although Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park has a number of hot springs throughout, only two have been developed. The facilities are comprised of a lower pool called Alpha Pool and upper pool called Beta Pool.

Boardwalk
A boardwalk to the two pools was originally developed by the American Army in 1942 during the construction of the Alaska Highway. Today all the original boardwalk construction has been replaced with a modern well maintained system. If you want to use the pools there is a small day-use fee for using the park to help pay these ongoing maintenance costs.

Alpha Pool
The Alpha Pool is the more popular pool because it is located only about 700 metres (2,297 feet) from the parking lot. Alpha Pool features a large area with different sections of the pool having different temperature gradients depending on where you sit on concrete benches. The average temperature is about 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit).

Beta Pool
The Beta Pool is located farther north of Alpha Pool along another boardwalk and walkway. Along the way you'll pass the hanging gardens, an area of unique vegetation for the area. Once at Beta Pool you'll find a slightly cooler pool about 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) around three metres (ten feet) deep with the water slightly cloudier.

Pool Differences
There are change houses and pit toilets present at both Alpha Pool and Beta Pool. Alpha Pool has some shallow areas making it more suitable for children and non-swimmers. Beta Pool, because it is deeper, requires caution if swimming abilities are lacking or poor.

'Liard Tropical Valley'
Originally known as 'Liard Tropical Valley' because of the passes through a lush humid vegetation zone with plant species growing such as Ostrich Ferns and Cow Parsnip growing so tall and whose presence this far north was unheard of previously.

Campground
Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park has a vehicle-accessible campground with 53 campsites, 20 of which accept reservations, the rest on a first-come first-served basis. Reservations can be made through Discover Camping.

Facilities
The facilities found at the campground include running water, a children's playground, a horseshoe pit and amphitheatre. The campground is also conveniently located near the boardwalk to the hot springs.

'Bear Aware'
Just remember to be 'Bear Aware' as bears do frequent Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park and at times can be dangerous. This especially applies to the campground area where the attraction of food cooking and garbage can attract nuisance bears. Please remember also to keep kids close at hand when walking along the boardwalk to the hot springs.

Muncho Lake
If you would like to stay close by to Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park and are travelling south on the Alaska Highway 97 there is accommodation found at Muncho Lake. At Muncho Lake only 56 km (35 miles) away the family orientated Northern Rockies Lodge is clean, quiet, very relaxing and is highly recommended.

BC Parks

 

Alpha Pool
Alpha Pool

 

Underwater Bench - Alpha Pool
Underwater Bench - Alpha Pool

 

Boardwalk to Pools
Boardwalk to Pools

 

Beta Pool
Beta Pool

 

Alpha Pool
Alpha Pool

 

Liard Tropical Valley
'Liard Tropical Valley'

 
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