August 5, 2014 8:24 pm

Sacred hot springs of Haida Gwaii showing signs of recovery

VANCOUVER – The sacred hot springs of Haida Gwaii are showing signs of recovery nearly two years after a 7.7 earthquake.

Right after the October 2012 quake, hot water stopped filling up three man-made pools on Hotspring Island in Gwaii Haanas Park Reserve.

But the springs never dried up completely and over the past year, the hot springs are returning.

While they are still below the high tide line, during low tide, there is enough hot water for a little pool. Everyone is hoping there is more improvement ahead because Hotspring Island used to be the top-visited site in Gwaii Haanas.

“The temperature is increasing again as is the levels of the water,” said Drue Kendrick from Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. “But the flow hasn’t really changed yet.”

Haida Gwai watchman, David Dixon, said one of the pools is now big enough for four people to sit in at the low tide mark.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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