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Thermal Activity on the Rise at Hotspring Island

Thermal activity is on the rise at Hotspring Island
Thermal activity is on the rise at Hotspring Island © Parks Canada

Gwaii Haanas staff continue to find increased water flow, higher temperatures and more thermal activity at higher elevations at Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island).

Thermal activity and water flow on the island stopped after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rattled the west coast of Moresby Island in late October 2012. In early 2013, Parks Canada scientists using heat detecting devices that had been installed post-earthquake discovered some good news. Hot water seeps were observed above-ground, but below the high tide line near two of the hot pools, and thermal activity was detected in all areas of the island where it had previously occurred.

Over the last two years, further observations have been made and staff are hopeful that the system will return to its former state, so that visitors and Haida Gwaii Watchmen will be able to enjoy the hot pools again.

Haida Gwaii Watchmen are stationed at Hotspring Island from mid-June to the end of August and hope visitors will continue to stop by to check the status of the hot springs.

"Parks Canada will continue to observe the situation throughout the coming months. We are hopeful," says Field Unit superintendent Ernie Gladstone. "Hotspring Island is a special place for the Haida and all visitors to Gwaii Haanas. This is a promising development but the mystery of what will happen to the hot pools continues."