Takhini Hot Springs

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Takhini Hot Springs
Takhini Hot Springs 2008.jpg
Coordinates: 60°52′43″N 135°21′31″W / 60.8787°N 135.3585°W / 60.8787; -135.3585
Address KM 10/Mile 6 Takhini Hotsprings Road
Postcode Y1A 7A2
Website http://www.takhinihotsprings.com
Features
Campground and Equinox Rox

Takhini Hot Springs (tɑːkiːniː) is a natural hot springs located just outside the border of Whitehorse, Yukon (28 km from city centre). It is a locally run business which incorporates two pools at different temperatures and has a campground with over 80 sites. It is a historic site and a very popular destination for tourists and locals.

Main pool area
Runoff from the pool area
Zipline across the lake

Water[edit]

The hot springs flows from the earth to the surface at a rate of 385 litres (86 gallons) per minute. The temperature from the source is 46.5º Celsius (118º Fahrenheit). The pool is divided into two sections: the hot side and the cool side. As the water flows from the source to the hot pool the water cools to 42º Celsius (107.6º Fahrenheit), the cool side is an average of 36º Celsius (96.8º Fahrenheit). Takhini Hot Springs is fortunate to contain no sulphurous odour as is common to most hot springs.

Based on geothermal research, the hot springs water comes from intersecting faults in the earth. Rain water and snow from the mountains go deep into the earth, where the water is heated and the minerals dissolve. The water then returns to the surface and out of the ground in a small crater (the source). The source is currently located near the pool facilities.

According to tests, it has taken a minimum of 60 years for the water in the pools to come from the ground into the source. During its underground journey to the surface, the water reaches a maximum temperature of 95º Celsius (203º Fahrenheit) and then cools down as it rises to the surface and into the source.

History[edit]

Takhini Hot Springs has a long history in the Yukon. Used by the First Nations People for centuries, the site was known for natural hot water flowing from the ground. In 1907 it was commercially promoted for its therapeutic value. The first pool was made of wood and canvas and was built in the 1940s for the use of the United States Army while they constructed the Alaska Highway. In 1950 a concrete pool was built and that was later replaced by the existing pool and building in the 1970s. In 2008, many renovations were undertaken to improve the pool's facilities. Renovations are still made to this day.

Mineral Content of Water:[1]

Analytical Category Unit Amount
pH value pH units 6.7
Temperature 46.2
Total dissolved solids ppm 1145
Total hardness as CaCo3 mg/L 1770
Calcium (ca) mg/L 580
Magnesium (Mg) mg/L 78.2
Sodium (Na) mg/L 36.5
Potassium (K) mg/L 8.7
Silicon (Si) mg/L 19.8
Chloride (Cl) mg/L 1.5
Fluoride (F) mg/L 3.62
Iron (Fe2+) mg/L 0.9
Sulfate (SO4) mg/L 1740
Total alkalinity (CaCO3) mg/L 104

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Takhini Hot Springs". Retrieved 10 May 2012.