Earthquake Turns Off Tap at Northern Hot Spring
Trent Ernst, Editor
As an outdoor writer, I have a list of destinations that I haven’t yet made it to but hope to some day.
However, after the 7.7 magnitude earthquake off Haida Gwaii on October 27, there’s one destination I can cross off my bucket list: Hotsprings Island in Gwaii Hanaas National Park.
While reports are thin, CBC is reporting that park’s superintendent Ernie Gladstone visited the park late last week to discover the springs are no longer hot.
In fact, Gladstone said in an interview on CBC’s Daybreak North, there’s not even a puddle.
“We did have staff on site on Thursday before Saturday’s events, and now less than a week later the water’s not flowing so we have to assume it’s a result of Saturday’s earthquakes or one of the many aftershock since then,” said Gladstone.
The earthquake, the largest to hit Canada in six decades, did no damage to homes or other structures, but the hot water is no longer flowing. There’s no report yet on why or how the springs dried up, or any indication that the hot water will be turned back on.
British Columbia, especially Northern British Columbia, is only home to a handful of hot springs, of which the one on Hotsprings Island was one of the biggest and best known. It was also one of the biggest draws to the national park. It is unsure how the lack of a hotspring in the park will affect tourism.