Pronounced “chick”, the T’sek Hot Springs (also known as Skookumchuck Hot Springs) is located within the traditional territory of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation, on kilometer 44 of the In-SHUCK-ch Service Road, adjacent to Lillooet River.
There are six working tubs at the hot springs, with an adjacent campground between the hot springs and the Lillooet River open year round. Included onsite are outhouses and access to water. The campsite caretaker lives on site and is available 24/7. A little store within the caretaker’s cabin sells a variety of things, including local native products, art, and firewood for $10 per wheelbarrow.
History of T’sek Hot Springs
According to legend, these springs were created by utszím’alh (an immortal creature composed of four brothers, a sister, and a mink). The Creator sent them down from the heavens, near the beginning of time, to eradicate evil, reward good people, and make corrections to the earth’s landscape.
“There are two springs – one hot and one cold – near Skookum Chuck, in the Lower Lillooet District. They were a married [elderly] couple whom the Transformer changed into springs at their own request. They said, ‘let us be two springs, one hot and one cold, side by side. People who bathe in us and drink our water will become well.” – Traditions of the Lillooet Indians of British Columbia (1912).
In the winter of 1858/59 William E. Stein opened 20 Mile House, or Hot Spring House, as one of many hotels on the newly-constructed pack trail along the Lillooet River. During his tour of British Columbia in April 1859, Judge Matthew Baillie Begbie arrived at T’sek and renamed the springs St. Agnes’ Well, in honour of Agnes Douglas, the daughter of James Douglas, the first Governor of British Columbia.
The land around our hot springs was purchased by the Government of Canada on January 15, 2007 in order to include the sacred land in our Treaty Settlement Lands.
A Committee with representation from the elders, ensures the management of T’sek Hot Springs is conducted in a way that maintains its spiritual and traditional values.