Skookumchuck Hot Springs (also known as T’sek Hot Springs and St. Agnes Well) is situated on the side of Lillooet River.
Everything about the water at Skookumchuck Hot Springs is pure, with no additives. The cool water comes from a glacier-fed sea, and the hot water comes straight up out of the soil right above the tubs. There are a total of 12 tubs. There are four hot water tubs, one cold water tub, and seven tubs that can be adjusted for both hot and cold water. The temperature is about 50oC.
The Skookumchuck Hot Springs are open all year and can get busy on summer weekends due to the popularity of St. Agnes Well as a weekend destination for Vancouver residents. Early in the morning is normally the right time for a good soak. The general public can have access to a private campground, tents, and soaking tubs. There is a usage fee.
The undeveloped hot springs were originally owned by the Goodwin Purcell family and then by the Tretheway family, who sold it to the Federal Government in 2008 with the condition that the property be kept in trust for the Inshuck-ch Nation (Port Douglas, Skatin, and Samaquam bands) until land claim agreements with the province be concluded. A commercial contractor operates and maintains the campground and hot springs.
The Skookumchuck Hot Springs are about 35 miles (56 kilometres) south of Mount Currie on the original Cariboo Wagon Route. Switch west at the BC Hydro tower 682 from the logging road that parallels the Lillooet River. The campsite and hot springs are accessible through this narrow gravel path. The road is very rugged, with several big potholes. Thanks to the heavy snowfall, access is impossible in the winter.
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