Liard Hot Springs is a few hours south of Watson Lake on the Alaska Highway. It is also one of our favourite places to visit. Even though the Cassiar Highway was our planned route south and it is north of Watson Lake, we headed south. The opportunity to visit Liard was not resisted!
We usually plan two or three nights at the B.C. provincial park (see my page dedicated to Liard Hot Springs in all seasons). It was nice having the cooler days this year, as it made the springs more enjoyable, similar to spring or fall.
The start of the boardwalk to the hot springs below. It takes about five minutes to reach to Alpha Pool.
The boardwalk is well maintained with benches, litter bins and ashtrays along the way. Please don't throw your cigarette butts in the wet areas ...
There are two soaking pools at Liard.
The Alpha pool is the first pool along the boardwalk. It is also the most popular, although was not too busy this day.
The Alpha pool is where you will usually hear many tall tales of the road conditions and campgrounds. In 2008 I heard a fellow recount a terrible story that was so far from the truth and his 'facts' were a decade off the timeline ... I almost said something but had the impression that my words would not matter.
The Beta pool is a short distance further along the boardwalk. It is
and is deep and murky. Unlike the Alpha pool, you cannot wade around. The silence can be eerie, sometimes.
This little fellow was amusing. He seemed to take particular delight in tempting the dog.
We stayed at Liard Hot Springs two nights.
Each night the campground filled to capacity with most staying just one night.
We needed the extra time to soak the dust away!