Sloquet Hot Springs is a wonderful, naturally formed hot spring located in the traditional territory of the Xa’xtsa First Nation who have been using the hot springs for generations and still to this day perform spiritual and cleansing ceremonies here. The springs are located about 2 hours drive from Pemberton, BC within a BC Recreation site nestled in a valley with the beautiful Sloquet Creek running along the southern boundary.
A NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL HIDDEN TREASURE
A BREATHTAKING TWO AND A HALF HOUR DRIVE FROM WHISTLER
THE SITE IS OPEN YEAR ROUND FOR DAY VISITS AND OVERNIGHT CAMPING.
SELF DRIVE OPTIONS
This is a cash only facility – we don’t have access to debit/credit cards due to the remoteness of the site. The rates agreed between Xa’xtsa First Nation and Recreation Sites & Trails BC have been set at:
$5 PER PERSON FOR DAY USE
$15 PER GROUP OF 6 CAMPING
Camping is available on 20 or so basic sites on a first come first served basis. Each camp site is equiped with a picnic table and a fire ring. There are pit outhouses dotted throughout the camping area, and bins for garbage and recycling.
There are signs at the entrance to each of the Forest Service Roads advising of 2-way radio channels in use on these roads. It is advisable for all users of the FSR to have a 2-way radio tuned to the appropriate channel and call out kilometer marks so other users of the FSR know to expect traffic.
Limited services are available in the community of Tipella, 2km south of the turn off to Sloquet FSR. These include: fuel, tire repairs and towing. There is no cell coverage from around 10km along the FSR, and there are no stores for supplies either.
Access to Sloquet from the north is via the in-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road, which is an active logging road. Visitors should be cautious when driving this road and be prepared to give way to large industrial traffic on the narrow winding road. Always drive with your headlights on.
Access from the south via the Sts’ailes Forest Service Road: Turn off to this road is at the Sasquatch Inn, Harrison Mills. It’s only recommended for high clearance vehicles due to a couple of areas prone to washing out at creeks. Again this is an active logging road, so drive with caution.
Xa’xtsa First Nation members manage the site in partnership with Recreation Sites & Trails BC. The Site Operators are there to attend to maintenance with the area and to collect the site use fees.
The Site Operators are local to the area and are always happy to help out with directions or questions about the springs and other aspects of the region.
The scenic bus tours are a business initiative of the Xa’xtsa First Nation members and all proceeds from the tours go directly to the Xa’xtsa First Nation members.
OTHER SERVICES IN THE AREA
The community of Tipella at 78.5km on the in-SHUCK-ch FSR, just 2km past the turnoff to Sloquet, has a gas station selling unleaded and diesel fuels at regular pump prices. They accept cash, debit and credit cards.
Opening hours are:
MONDAY – FRIDAY: 7am -9pm
SATURDAY – SUNDAY: 9am – 9pm
Chuck is a legend at fixing tires. He has a fully equipped workshop to patch repair damaged tires. His workshop is at the side of his house which is at the power station end of the main street. There is only one street, so its pretty easy to find.
CONDITIONS OF USE
In keeping with the spiritual history of the hot springs, the Xa’xtsa people request that people using the pools always wear bathing suits and never consume alcohol while in the pools.
The site is sacred to the Xa’xtsa people and well liked by many others who regularly visit. Please help keep this area pristine by taking your garbage out with you.
Controlled dogs and other pets are welcome in the camp sites, but strictly prohibited from the hot springs area due to health concerns.
It is vital that as few contaminants as possible enter the water system. This includes cigarettes, garbage and food.