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Springs heated by the Earth hold ancient medicine long-known to Indigenous people in British Columbia.

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Springs heated by the Earth hold ancient medicine long-known to Indigenous people in British Columbia.

The nupika wu’u, or hot mineral waters, at Ainsworth Hotsprings have always been a therapeutic joy to the Ktunaxa and are now owned and shared with the public by Yaqan Nukiy, the Lower Kootenay Band of Creston, BC. In Nisga’a Territory, drive through the lava beds in Nass Valley to a culturally significant, designated heritage site at Aiyansh Hotsprings, the dwelling place of Sbi Nax-nok-, a supernatural being.

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Tsek Hot Springs

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Adjacent to the Lillooet River, in the Pemberton Volcanic Belt, you will find Tsek Hot Springs and the sacred location of the In-SHUCK-ch and Sttimc people (nkkwtsa) of British Columbia. The nkkwtsa established a permanent village of (s7)stken (pit houses) and plank houses along the banks of the Lillooet River, and a series of trails through the nearby forests to hunting grounds and neighbouring villages. The mineral hot springs at Tsek provided our ancestors with physical and spiritual wellness, while the loose, sandy nature of the soil made the cedar tree roots grow long and straight. Tseks hot and cold springs became the most important spiritual site in the lower Lillooet River Valley. It is said that the cool spring served as a healing pool where the Elder mothers trained men to be chiefs, watchmen, and other important positions in the In-SHUCK-ch Nation. Pronounced chick, Tsek Hot Springs (also known as Skookumchuck Hot Springs and St. Agnes Well Hot Springs) has continuously been occupied and utilized by the Sttimc people as a location to heal and cleanse the body and spirit centuries before Europeans arrived along our shores.

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Locally and family owned, we love sharing the fun and beauty of our home with your family! Our guides are all born and raised in the Clayoquot Sound area and all have a lifetime of training on the water. We can take you whale watching, bear watching, fishing or work with you to design a tour that suits your family's unique ideas of a fun day on the ocean!

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Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort

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The Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is a four season destination featuring contemporary hotel guest rooms, patio views from the Yaqan Nukiy rooms, Ktunaxa Grill, Nasookin Room, and a well-stocked Retail/Gift Shop. This property offers a unique cave experience where soothing, hot mineral water surfaces from the earth creating a natural steam bath. Stalactites form in abundance inside the caves. The hot water flows into our main pool and is cooled to a comfortable body temperature, suitable for your whole family. Spring, Fall, Summer and Winter bring guests from around the world to enjoy the pleasures of the crisp, clean air and the calming mineral waters of the Ainsworth Hot Springs.

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