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LIARD RIVER HOT SPRINGS
May 29, 2009
Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park had 53 campsites, water, toilets and a day-use area, change houses, boardwalks connecting both hot spring pools, a playground and a horseshoe pit. It is open year-round. Park gates close at 10 P.M. and open at 6 A.M. No hook-ups. All sites are dry camping. There are no stores, post-office or anything other than wild animals within a short driving distance of the campground.
sign - Liard River Hotsprings
The boardwalk trail crosses a wetland environment that supports more than 250 boreal forest plants, including 14 orchid species and 14 plants that survive at this latitude because of the hot springs. People are advised to watch for moose feeding in the wetlands (although the two RV Gypsies did not see any). A ranger did patrol constantly watching for moose or bear.
part of the boardwalk leading to the pools
part of the boardwalk leading to the pools
part of the boardwalk leading to the pools
The photo to the left was taken around midnight. The two RV Gypsies took a 20-minute walk to the hot springs around 10 P.M. and it was still daylight. Dusk started to settle in around 11 P.M.
views of the wetlands alongside the boardwalk to the hot springs
the wetlands alongside the boardwalk
the wetlands alongside the boardwalk
the wetlands alongside the boardwalk
the wetlands alongside the boardwalk
Spicy Hot clipart
There were two hot spring pools with water temperatures ranging from 108 degrees Fahrenheit to 126 degrees Fahrenheit. The lower pool is the Alpha pool with a rocky bottom, and the upper pool is the Beta pool (about a half mile walk), which is deeper with a muddy clay bottom. Both have changing rooms.

THE BETA POOL (which was closed when the two RV Gypsies returned here in 2016)

the beta pool
Karen enjoyed THE ALPHA POOL
Karen in the alpha pool
Karen in the alpha pool
Karen in the alpha pool
Karen and others  in the alpha pool
Liard Hot Springs stays open 24/7. The area is patrolled for bears.
Karen and others  in the alpha pool

THE HANGING GARDEN & TUFA (which was closed when the two RV Gypsies returned here in 2016)

The hot springs water bubbles through porous limestone, dissolving calcium and other minerals. These minerals react with air and are deposit on the surface where they harden into stone to form tufa. Tufa forms the terraced base for the spectacular greenery and flowers that grow here in the Hanging Garden.
tufa
tufa in the Hanging Garden
The new yard of the two RV Gypsies, their RV and dirty toad. Since there were no amenities here, the toad could not be washed. Lee will use the California Duster on both vehicles and they will look pretty good afterwards. If you have an RV, the California Duster is something that you certainly should own.
The new yard of the two RV Gypsies
the very dirty toad of the two RV Gypsies
PARK RULE: Put all BBQ grills and utensils in your car every night because of the possibility of bears. (However, no bears were seen by the two RV Gypsies at this time).
The new yard of the two RV Gypsies
The new yard of the two RV Gypsies
Temperature was in the 50's (Fahrenheit) in the daytime, the 40's (Fahrenheit) at night. The walk to the pools was cold, but returning to the RV was warm after being in the hot springs for hours.
Karen Duquette

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