June 6-9, 2019
T’sek (Skookumchuck) & Sloquet Hot Springs
We left the city late afternoon to head up and check out two different hot springs. Below are some of our tips if you decide to make this journey.
First tip: There is no cell service for the majority of the drive past Pemberton. Screenshot save what you need for directions and download google maps offline maps for the area. When we arrived at the in-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road we had an oh fuck moment. The road was closed. We found a bypass about 1 km. further up the road (you’ll see a detour sign there) There is a Facebook group called “In-SHUCK-ch road updates” where you can get current updates and conditions. Check this site before you head to the hot springs. About one hour down the road, we arrived at the T’sek (Skookumchuck) hot springs.Although popularly referred to as Skookumchuck, the Indigenous keepers of the land have renamed the area to T’sek. The campground works on an honour system $10/person plus $10 car. We didn’t see any people working at the site for the night we were there but make sure you pay to honour and respect the site. We found a beautiful campsite right on the bank of the rushing river. Stunning.
We had a slight camping fail – 2 person tent with broken poles for three of us.
Pro tip: check your gear before going off the grid.This is an off grid campground. You need to pack everything you need for the trip.
Overview of the T’sek hot springs:
– The outhouses were disgusting. As most are. There are no flush toilets, bathrooms or showers.
– There is some running water from taps to brush your teeth, wash up, dishes, etc.
– The hot springs are just hot tubs you can control the temperature with taps but are open 24 hours which is pretty cool. They are not natural pools or rock beds.
The next day we packed up to head to Sloquet hot springs (pro tip: fill your water jugs before you leave. Sloquet doesn’t have any running water) We drove past the Skoocumchuk reserve – could still see large Catholic church and cemetary with crosses. This is an interesting opportunity to learn about colonization and the impact the Catholic church has had on Indigenous communities if you aren’t already aware. A few minutes down the road was a community school. When we drove by, we saw the children outside drumming – very cool to see the Indigenous traditions being passed on. The drive from T’sek to Sloquet was about an hour. We arrived at sloquet and paid $15/night for the whole vehicle.
Some sites are nicer than others and we took our time finding a beautiful, large, secluded site. The campground was totally full on the Saturday night so we were grateful we arrived early on the Friday. The hot springs are a 5-8 minute walk down a steep hill.
– The drive time is 3 hours from Whistler
– there is no drinking water at Sloquet (other than the creek)
– there is no cell service or electricity at both hot springs
– pack everything you could possibly need. Pack firewood, cash (to pay for sites), extra booze and snacks. Trust me on this.
– you do not need a 4WD vehicle in the dry summer, but it helps. We saw quite a few sedan cars that made it. The road is a packed gravel.
It is quite a trek to get to these hot springs but 100% worth the effort. I cannot stress enough the importance of packing everything you need (especially water) however if you come prepared, you will have an amazing time!