The hot spring ecosystem here is the second largest in Canada and is surrounded by a lush boreal spruce forest and marsh. Many of the plants survive at this latitude only because of the effect that the hot springs have on the climate [of the surrounding area] - known as the "Liard Tropical Valley." In early times the Kaska First Nations lived and hunted in the area. Later, trappers and prospectors discovered the hotpools and in 1835 the Hudson Bay Company Factor Robert Campbell recorded their presence in his diary. The first boardwalk and pool facilities were built by the American Army during the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942. (BC Parks brochure)
Source: BC place name cards, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.