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BRITISH COLUMBIA SWIMMING HOLES
(23 PLACES)
UPDATED 2/2014

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Some great related LINKS for this Province:

BC HOT SPRINGS SITE.

BC CLOTHING OPTIONAL PLACES.

LINKS TO LOTS OF TRAILS TO BC HOT SPRINGS. (fee to use site)

Harrison Hot Springs Resort



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AINSWORTH HOT SPRINGS
(AINS)

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TOWNS SPOKANE (WA), NELSON (BC), BALFOUR (BC)
LAT, LON lat=49.73635, lon=-116.91067(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Hot Spring
TYPE Hot Spring/Cave
DESCRIPTION Commercially operated hot springs (naturally hot water, 108 degrees F) has many pools plus a horseshoe-shaped hot springs cave with waist-deep water to create a natural steam bath in caverns filled with stalactites. Beautiful surroundings. Hotel and resort also.
AREAS Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, about $12 (in 2014) for day use of pools.
FACILITIES All facilities
ACTIVITIES Hot tubbing
PHONE 1-250-229-4212
CAMPING No camping at site.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Spokane (WA) drive about three hours north on RT 395 , (RT 3 and RT 3A after you get into Canada) to Nelson, British Columbia. From there, follow the west bank of Kootenay Lake (RT 3A and RT 31, through Balfour) for another 45 minutes to the Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. If you get to Kaslo, you have passed it. .
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 9/2014



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CASCADE FALLS
(CASC)

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TOWNS VICTORIA, MISSION, HATZIC
LAT, LON lat=49.27438, lon=-122.21565(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Cascade Creek
TYPE Falls
DESCRIPTION Swimming holes at the foot of a beautiful, high waterfall in Cascade Falls Regional Park. Maybe several below smaller falls downstream also. The park WEB SITE recognizes that there is swimming there but cautions that there are NO lifeguards and there can be strong currents.
AREAS Cascade Falls Regional Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Picnic tables, vault toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming, jumping
PHONE None
CAMPING No camping at site.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Vancouver, take RT 1 south to Exit 44 at Coquitlam. Take Lougheed Highway (RT 7) east past Maple Ridge and Mission to Hatzic. Just past Hatzic, turn left onto Sylvester Road. Follow Sylvester Road for 14 km then turn right on Ridgeview Road. Cascasde Falls Regional Park is located at the end of Ridgeview Road.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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CHEMAINUS RIVER P. P.
(CHEM)

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TOWNS VICTORIA, DUNCAN, CHEMAINUS
LAT, LON lat=48.83715, lon=-123.82622(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Chemainus River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Informal swimming place in river in Provincial Park. LINK TO WEB SITE & PHOTOS. From the web site: "There is no designated swimming area at this park, although a number of calm swimming holes and deep pools provide good opportunities for swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks."
AREAS Chemainus River Provincial Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING No camping at this park.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Victoria, take Douglas St/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 North for about 60 km. Turn left onto Trunk Rd and go 0.5 km. Continue onto Government St and go 1.6 km. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Cowichan Lake Rd and go 1.5 km. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Cowichan Lake Rd for 2.0 km. Continue onto Tansor Rd for 0.8 km then turn left onto Cowichan Valley Hwy/BC-18 W and go 2.6 km. Turn right onto Hilcrest Rd and go 6 km into the park. Swimming places are in the river, no better directions.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/2013



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CRESTON AREA
[5 PLACES]
(CREA)

NO PHOTOSTO PROVINCE MAP
TOWNS CRESTON, WEST CRESTON, SIRDAR, KUSKANOOK, KOOTENAY LAKE
PROVINCE BC
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Many swimming places near the town of Creston in far southeastern BC, including the Kootenay Lake area. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREAS Varies - see below
SANCTION Varies - see below
FEE Varies - see below
FACILITIES Varies - see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING North and East of Creston are several Provincial Parks with camping.
BATHING SUITS Varies - see below
DIRECTIONS On a map, locate the town of Creston in far southeastern BC, at the southern tip of Kootenay Lake area. Then:

GOAT RIVER BOTTOM [GOAT]: Popular local place for cooling off and socializing in the Goat River just south of Creston. Check the depth and check for underwater obstacles before swimming. To get here from Creston, go south on RT 21 to the first bridge. Park near this bridge and go down to the Goat River below. LAT, LON: lat=49.08213, lon=-116.52246 (source: map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 3/2013.

CORN CREEK [CORN]: Short walk in West Creston to a swimming place in the creek with a tire swing. To get here from Creston, take Crowsnest Hwy/RT 3 west (follow signs for Salmo) for about 10 miles (across the Kootenay River). Then turn left onto West Creston Rd (keep left to stay on this road) and go about 4 miles to the bridge over Corn Creek. Park near this bridge and look for a trail going upstream along the creek. Walk this trail for about .5 mile to a pool with a tire swing. LAT, LON: lat=. 49.08962, lon=-116.62215 (source: map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 3/2013.

The below places are all north of Creston on RT 3A along the east shore of Kootenay Lake. For general info on this route, see ALONG RT 3A.

SIRDAR WATERFALL [SIRD]: Going north on RT 3A from Creston along the east side of Duck Lake, park near the Sirdar Pub. Walk north along the road until you hear a waterfall on the north side of the road. LAT, LON: lat=49.25436, lon=-116.63240 (source: map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 3/2013.

KUSKANOOK BEACHES [KUSK]: Continue north on RT 3A along the east side of Kootenay Lake to Kuskanook. Park on the road near town and walk to the beaches on the lake. No better directions. LAT, LON: lat=49.30184, lon=-116.6567 (source: map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 3/2013.

TWIN BAYS [TWIB]: Nice public beach area on Kootenay Lake with not too cold water. Has restrooms. Continue north on RT 3A along the east side of Kootenay Lake to Twin Bays Rd. on the left. The beach is at the end of this short road. LAT, LON: lat=49.34143, lon=-116.7209 (source: map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 3/2013.

CONFIDENCE See above
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/2013



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ENCHANTED SWIM
(ENCH)

NO PHOTOTO PROVINCE MAP
TOWNS REVELSTOKE, KAMLOOPS, SICAMOUS
LAT, LON lat=50.97176, lon=-118.59282(source: Measured by another) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Unknown
TYPE Pool in creek
DESCRIPTION A HUGE rock beside the Trans-Canada Hwy overlooks a cold-water creek that comes to a pooling place. If you climb up on the rock you can jump right in from the rock if you are brave. There is also a path down to the water - very cold and refreshing - crystal clear.
AREAS Unknown
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Jumping
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Revelstoke, go west on RT 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy) about 25 minutes and, about 3 minutes west of the Enchanted Forest roadside attraction, see on the north (right) side of the road a HUGE rock. There is room for about 2 cars to park by this rock. The swimming hole is behind this rock.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED By another
DATE UPDATED 2/2014



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HALFWAY RIVER HOT SPRINGS
(HALF)

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TOWNS KELOWNA, REVELSTOKE, NAKUSP
LAT, LON lat=50.65, lon=-117.91(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Halfway River
TYPE Hot Spring
DESCRIPTION Remote, natural hot springs in southeastern BC. Two pools, add river water to cool off, plywood soaking box.
AREAS West Kootenay
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Hot soaking
PHONE None
CAMPING There is a campsite.
BATHING SUITS Very optional, preferably not
DIRECTIONS In Nakusp (in southeastern BC on RT 6) ask locally (at the Chamber of Commerce) for directions to Halfway River Hot Springs. It is generally: RT 23 north for about an hour then turn and go about 7 miles on a dirt road. (No better directions.)
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/27/2005



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HOT SPRINGS COVE
(HOTS)

NO PHOTOSTO PROVINCE MAP
TOWNS VICTORIA, NANAIMO, TOFINO
LAT, LON lat=49.357, lon=-126.264(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Unknown
TYPE Hot Spring
DESCRIPTION Remote but spectacular (and popular) hot springs on the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island. Requires boat or floatplane to access - commercial transport services are available locally. Three pools, ocean rushes into some, whale watching also! There is a wooden boardwalk and a campsite. Bring camping gear and stay a few days. No supplies at site.
AREAS Maquinna Provincial Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Hot soaking, Whale watching
PHONE None
CAMPING There is a well-maintained campsite.
BATHING SUITS Very optional, preferably not
DIRECTIONS From Victoria (on Vancouver Island) take RT 1 north through Duncan and Nanaimo then go north on RT 4 to Tofino (total 150 miles). Hire a water taxi (about $75 round trip) or floatplane (more expensive) locally to go to Hot Springs Cove.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/27/2005



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KOKSILAH RIVER P. P.
(KOKS)

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TOWNS VICTORIA, DUNCAN, MILL BAY
LAT, LON lat=48.64658, lon=-123.73215(source: map) (accuracy: general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Koksilah River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Many swimming holes along the Koksilah River in the Provincial Park and nearby. Two of the best are Marble Falls and at Burnt Bridge. The park WEB SITE recognizes that there is swimming there in the river but cautions that there are NO lifeguards.
AREAS Koksilah River Provincial Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown - park is undeveloped
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING Koksilah River Campground has been closed indefinitely. Bamberton campground is located 22 km south on the Trans-Canada Highway.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Victoria, take RT 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy) north many miles to Mill Bay. Turn west off RT 1 at Shawnigan/Mill Bay Road in Mill Bay. Follow the road about 3.25 miles to Shawnigan Lake, then turn right onto Shawnigan Lake Road then, in a short distance, turn left onto Renfrew Road (a logging road) and follow it about 6 miles to Koksilah River Provincial Park.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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LIARD RIVER HOT SPRINGS P. P.
(LIAR)

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TOWNS DAWSON CREEK, FORT NELSON
LAT, LON lat=59.41, lon=-126.03(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Liard Hot Spring
TYPE Hot Spring
DESCRIPTION About half way up the Alaska Highway (it is not positioned accurately on our BC map - it is WAY north of where it is shown!), this Provincial Park offers a hot springs marsh and two hot soaking pools with changing rooms, camping, pit toilets and a fantastic setting. LINK TO PARK WEB SITE
AREAS Liard River Hot Spring Provincial Park
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes - see web site
FACILITIES Changing rooms, pit toilets
ACTIVITIES Hot tubbing
PHONE 250-427-5452
CAMPING Campground at site
BATHING SUITS Unknown - probably required
DIRECTIONS From Dawson Creek, in northeastern BC, take the Alaska Highway northwest about 760 kilometers to Liard River.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 7/11/2007



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LYNN CANYON PARK
(LYNN)


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Road Trip Dip
TOWNS VANCOUVER, NORTH VANCOUVER
LAT, LON lat=49.3338, lon=-123.0261(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Lynn Creek
TYPE Creek
DESCRIPTION Lynn Canyon Park, in North Vancouver, is an urban park with a great swimming hole, "30 Foot Pool" and maybe some others. It is accessible by both car AND mass transit! Ain't Vancouver wonderful! MORE INFO .
AREAS Lynn Canyon Park
SANCTION Unofficial (we think)
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS By Car: From Vancouver take RT 1 (Trans-Canada) to the Lynn Valley Road exit. Turn north (right) onto Lynn Valley Road. From Lynn Valley Road turn right onto Peters Road. The Lynn Canyon Park entrance is at the end of Peters Road.

By Public Transit: From Vancouver, take the Sea Bus to Lonsdale Quay. From the Lonsdale Quay bus loop take the #228 or the #229 bus. The #228 stops along Lynn Valley Road. The #229 stops at the corner of Peters Road and Duval Road, a 2 minute walk from the park entrance. Alternatively, if you are coming over the Second Narrows Bridge from Vancouver, take the #229 bus from the Phibbs Exchange bus loop in North Vancouver.

"30 Foot Pool" is an easy 15 minute walk from the parking lot. Cross the suspension bridge, walk north along fairly level terrain until you reach the bottom of a staircase. 30 Foot Pool is on the left.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 7/11/2007



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MANNING P. P.
(MANN)

NO PHOTOSTO PROVINCE MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS VANCOUVER,ABBOTSFORD,KELOWNA
LAT, LON lat=49.060, lon=-120.745(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Castle Creek
TYPE Creek
DESCRIPTION Beautiful, deep swimming holes in otherwise shallow creek.LINK TO WEB SITE
AREAS Manning Provincial Park
SANCTION Unknown
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Wading
PHONE (604)795-6169
CAMPING Several campgrounds at site
BATHING SUITS Optional
DIRECTIONS From Vancouver, take RT 7 east to Hope then RT 3 east to Manning Provincial Park. Find the Manning Park Lodge, then go about 2 miles east of there and turn right when you get to trailhead signed Mon 78-83. Park and hike the trail near the gate and you will shortly come to an old bridge on the left of which is the swimming hole.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/27/2005



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NANAIMO AREA
[3 PLACES]
(NANA)

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TOWNS VICTORIA, NANAIMO, CASSIDY
PROVINCE BC
WATER Varies - see below
TYPE Varies - see below
DESCRIPTION Several swimming places near the town of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. For details, see DIRECTIONS below.
AREAS Varies - see below
SANCTION Varies - see below
FEE Varies - see below
FACILITIES Varies - see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING At Englishman River P. P.
BATHING SUITS Varies - see below
DIRECTIONS From Victoria, take RT 1 north through North Cowichan, Ladysmith and Cassidy, then:

NANAIMO RIVER [NANI]: Just north of Cassiday on RT 1, Nanaimo River Rd. goes west (left turn) past a bungee jumping place and then along the Nanaimo River. The river is relatively warm and there are many swimming places in the river along here - camping places also. DO NOT SWIM AT "WHITE RAPIDS" OR AT OTHER LOCATIONS WITH SIGNS WARNING OF DANGEROUS CURRENTS. THER HAVE BEEN DROWNINGS HERE. PHOTO. LINK TO INFO , MORE INFO . Where you see cars parked, park and walk down to the river. Bathing suits are optional at some of the more private locations. Try this more private place: On Nanaimo River Rd., park about .6 miles west of the intersection with Nanaimo Lakes Rd. and walk a short distance on a trail to the river. Go downstream a short way to a rock near a bridge. LAT, LON 83/W84]: lat=49.08, lon=-124.0(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: general area) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 3/29/05.

TOP BRIDGE [TOPB]: Popular swimming place with rocks to jump from in the Englishman River. YOUTUBE . You can approach from either side of the Englishman River. Both approaches are off of RT 19 east of Parksville (Parksville is west of Nanaimo). (Directions off RT 19 are convoluted, use a map or put the coordinates below in your GPS to get here.) To approach from the east side (looks like the easiest), take Cattell Rd to the river at 49.29821,-124.2646. To approach from the west side, take Allsbrook Rd. to the river 49.29835,-124.27219. LAT, LON :lat=49.29821 lon=-124.2646(source: map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 3/2013.

ENGLISHMAN RIVER FALLS P. P. [ENGL]: Many swimming places in the (colder) Englishman River. LINK TO INFO . Camping also. Bathing suits may be optional in some of the more remote spots. To get here, from RT 19 (Vancouver Island Highway) near Parksville, turn west (left) on RT 4 then in a short distance turn south (left) on Errington Rd. toward Port Alberni. Follow signs to the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park. Drive to the picnic area, and over a bridge near Englishman River Falls. Turn right and see signs to the trail. Hike the trail along the river and the swimming places are along here. For more privacy, hike further. LAT, LON :lat=49.25005, lon=-124.35639(source: map) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP. Not verified. Pretty confident. Updated 3/2013.
CONFIDENCE See above
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/2013



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PRIOR LAKE
(PRIO)

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TOWNS VICTORIA, SAANICH
LAT, LON lat=48.47642, lon=-123.4648(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Prior Lake
TYPE Lake
DESCRIPTION Prior Lake is a small lake on Vancouver Island not far from Victoria, It features a long dock for sunbathing and swimming from. It is an informal naturist site (no clothing) of longstanding tradition. Please treat this place gently and follow this tradition. LINK TO WEB SITE & PHOTOS
AREAS Thetis Lake Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, nude sunbathing
PHONE None
CAMPING No camping at the site
BATHING SUITS Nudist
DIRECTIONS Quoted from the above web site: "From Victoria, take RT 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy) north about 6 miles then exit at Helmcken Road (near Victoria General Hospital) and turn left immediately on Watkiss Way. Follow the road straight through the four-way stop until it makes a sharp right turn and becomes Highland Road. Drive slowly past the new subdivision and into Thetis Lake Park."

"Prior Lake is on the left about one kilometer down this very scenic, winding roadway. Please use ample caution and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists when driving this narrow road, as it has several corners with minimal visibility. There is no signage identifying the lake, but there is a small gravel parking lot at a bend in the road just before a short bridge crosses Craigflower Creek that flows out of the lake."

"Please do not park with any portion of your vehicle on the pavement, or directly in front of the gate at the trailhead, or you will be quickly towed. There must be ample room for emergency vehicle access along the road and to the lake at all times. Also, please stay on marked trails to help preserve the natural habitat and, most importantly, obey the signs and avoid the rocky outcropping above the dock, as voyeurs are strongly discouraged. There is a short, easy pathway down to the lake, although it is not suitable for wheelchair users unless there is someone to provide assistance."
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 1/2013



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SCOTCH CREEK
(SCOC)

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TOWNS KAMLOOPS, CHASE, SCOTCH CREEK
LAT, LON lat=50.90238, lon=-119.46748(source:map) (accuracy: general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Scotch Creek
TYPE Falls/Creek
DESCRIPTION Scotch Creek is a small summer tourist town on the shore of Shuswap Lake. Scotch Creek itself flows into Shuswap Lake just west of town. The swimming hole is somewhere in this creek. Not sure of directions. If you find it, please tell us.
AREAS Unknown
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Jumping
PHONE None
CAMPING At Scotch Creek P. P. on the east side of town.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Vancouver take RT 1 then RT 5 northeast many miles to Kamloops. From Kamloops, take BC-1 E/Trans-Canada Highway/BC-97 toward Banff/Vernon and go 25 km. then continue onto Trans-Canada Hwy for 40 km (through Chase). Turn right onto Squilax-Anglemont Rd (signs for Scotch Creek/Anglemont/Adams Lake) and go 17 km then turn left to stay on Squilax-Anglemont Rd into Scotch Creek. The swimming hole is somewhere in this creek. Not sure of directions. If you find it, please tell us.
CONFIDENCE Very uncertain directions.
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/2013



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SKOOKUMCHUCK HOT SPRINGS
(SKOO)

NO PHOTOTO PROVINCE MAP
TOWNS VANCOUVER, SQUAMISH, PEMBERTON
LAT, LON lat=49.89, lon=-122.347(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Unknown
TYPE Hot Spring
DESCRIPTION Also known as "St. Agnes Well". Highly-ranked hot spring, near Vancouver, has a large soaking tub with valves to adjust water temperature and cold shower nearby. On private land but maintained by BC Forest Service. Primitive camping on site.
AREAS BC Forest Service
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Hot soaking
PHONE None
CAMPING There is a campsite.
BATHING SUITS Optional
DIRECTIONS From Vancouver take RT 99 north through Squamish to Pemberton and then to Mount Currie. Turning south (right) on the dirt road that follows Lillooet Lake. The hot springs are a 34 mile drive from here. The turnoff to the springs is on the right by the number 682 on the electricity pole. Here, turn west (right) on dirt road and follow dirt road to campground. (Rough road near the end - may have to park and hike the last part.)
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/27/2005



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SOOKE POTHOLES P. P.
(SOOK)

LINK TO PHOTOS

YOUTUBE
TO PROVINCE MAP walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond

Road Trip Dip
Road Trip Dip
TOWNS VICTORIA, SOOKE
LAT, LON lat=48.430738, lon=-123.712320(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: general area)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Sooke River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Eroded potholes in riverbed. A popular swimming place but with lots of room and potholes for all. Walk past a gate that is posted "private properly" (apparently an OK practice) to find additional potholes. There’s more to the Sooke Potholes than just swimming. A small creek runs under a wooden bridge on the way from the parking lot. Further upstream along the creek, there is a modest, but photo worthy spot, complete with a waterfall, mossy rocks and shallow pools of clear water. Since most people will be heading for the beach, there’s a chance that you will have this waterfall to yourself for a while. Also, if you hike a couple of miles on the Galloping Goose Trail (which is parallel to the road) you can get to more private pools where skinny dipping may be possible. LINK TO WEB SITE , ANOTHER WEB SITE.
AREAS Sooke Potholes P. P.
SANCTION Unknown
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Wading
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING There is developed, public camping at The Land Conservancy Sooke Potholes campground just north of here.
BATHING SUITS Optional in more remote places - see description
DIRECTIONS From Victoria (on Vancouver Island) take RT 14 (West Coast Highway ) west to Sooke then turn north (right) on Sooke River Road and go about 5 km to the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. There are a number of designated beaches north of here along this road.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/27/2005



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TEXADA ISLAND QUARRY
(TEXA)


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TOWNS VANCOUVER, POWELL RIVER, BLUBBER BAY
LAT, LON lat=49.774, lon=-124.5978(source: map) (accuracy: approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP MAP
PROVINCE BC
WATER Texada Quarry
TYPE Abandoned limestone quarry
DESCRIPTION On the island of Texada (take auto/passenger ferry) is an abandoned quarry used for sunning and swimming. The island has two stores, a library, Credit Union, gas station, elementary school, hotel, bed and breakfasts, The Ravenous Raven Restaurant, two museums, two firehalls. There are parks, forests, lakes, beaches and mountains. Parks include South Texada Island Provincial Park and Shelter Point Park (has developed camping).
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING Shelter Point Park, near Gillies Bay on west side of island, has developed camping. Also developed camping at Saltery Bay P. P. south of Powell River on RT 101. There's also Willingdon Beach Campground, which is right in Powell River, so it's close to amenities, and only a few minutes from the ferry to Texada. Very convenient. But you definitely need to book well ahead in the summer!
BATHING SUITS Maybe optional, depending on the crowd
DIRECTIONS Look on a map for the town of Powell River, west of Vancouver on the Strait of Georgia. From Vancouver, you have to take a couple of ferries to get to Powell River then another ferry to get to Blubber Bay on Texada Island. From Blubber Bay, go about 3 miles south on Blubber Bay Rd. to the quarry.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2014



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THREE TIER FALLS
(THRE)

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TOWNS CRANBROOK, CALGARY (AB), TURNER VALLEY (AB)
LAT, LON lat=50.600, lon=-114.793(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
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PROVINCE AB
WATER Junction Creek, Three Tier Falls
TYPE Waterfall
DESCRIPTION (This one is actually in Alberta, but it is just across the line so we include it with BC). With crystal-clear water and 3 swimming holes (one in each tier) Three Tier Falls is an outstanding swimming location.
AREAS Sheep River Provincial Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Hot soaking
PHONE None
CAMPING There is camping in the park
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Calgary (in western Alberta, near Banff) go south on RT 22 to Turner Valley. In Turner Valley, take RT 546 west into Kananaskis Country and Sheep River Provincial Park. Continue on scenic road to the end and park in the lot. Walk upstream along the Sheep River to a crossing place near the tumbling dam. BE CAREFUL IN CROSSING IF THE CURRENTS ARE STRONG. Find the "Main Valley Trail" trail and hike about 4.5 miles southward along Junction Creek (passing several waterfalls along the way) to Three Tier Falls, where the swimming places are.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/27/2005


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