Free interactive map to Western Canada’s hot springs!
How to use this map
Read accuracy statement below first.
On the left side bar use the drop down arrow to show list of over 160! hot springs in western Canada. You can click on names in this list or pins on the map. Either of these methods will show various data including: coordinates, comments on the accuracy of coordinates, description, and if collected, temperature, pH, and total dissolved solids measurements, etc. And, if added already, you can also see site photos. Submit your photos in comments.
There are options to show a satellite image background, or get directions to a site using Google Maps…although be cautious.
If you visit hot springs, please collect GPS coordinates by simply using your cell camera and post photos in the comments below. Most cell phones automatically embed GPS data into photos. I will then update the Google map data. I will also post your favourite photo to the map pin. Just submit your contribution to the comments below. Share on social media to help get more contributors and to make this the finest interactive map of hot springs of western Canada.
New and missing hot springs?
There must be many more hot springs undiscovered and not represented on this map. Some on the map are phantom springs. If you find or know about any unreported, or newly discovered hot springs then let me know by writing in the comments below. I heard there is a magical one full of monkeys!
Be cautious when using these maps and data. Hot spring coordinates could be off significantly, and some clearly are. One problem is that some published coordinates contain too few decimals to be accurate – help! Some locations are general coordinates for an area where “phantom” springs have been lost in our fading collective memory – and for you to re-discover! Using the interactive map you can get coordinates and read accuracy notes from the table data. We assume no liability when you use any information or data in this article or map.
If you visit a hot spring, please collect GPS coordinates and photos and share them via the comments below. Most cell phones automatically embed GPS data into photos. So, by sharing cell phone photos I get the GPS data.
A couple of friends of mine just returned from a winter vacation in British Columbia. The highlight was visiting two outdoor hot springs set in a natural winter wonderland. They were lit up describing the magical experience. I was envious!
The missing map? Because I want to have a similar experience, and am an enthusiastic geographer, I wondered where are the hot springs in western Canada? I didn’t have much luck finding a maps online. So using the latest scientific surveys I compiled the data and produced this map database of info on hot springs for western Canada.
Enjoy! …and please don’t forget to contribute to make this an awesome resource for outdoor adventurists.
Feb 16, 2017
QUESTION OF THE DAY: What are the GPS coordinates and routes to western Canada hot springs you have visited? Are there any missing from our map? You can also upload hot spring photos in the comments section and we’ll add it to the map data.
Dr. Tim Johnsen is the founder and president of ProGeoscience Consulting. He is a senior geologist specialized in Quaternary, surficial and overburden geology. He integrates a suite of specialized skills to create high quality geologic reconstructions that are tuned to solve the particular problems of his clients – on budget and on time. He turns the complex and often intimidating world of Quaternary, surficial and overburden geology into the predictable and