Playing in all the snow in Banff National Park can be exhausting. After hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and all of the other winter activities the park has to offer you can end your day being utterly exhausted. After a particularly fun day of hiking I found myself thinking “Self, what can I do to relax and unwind that takes ZERO energy?” OMG! I know! Let’s soak in the warm waters of the Banff Upper Hot Springs! Just float around like a manatee in a canal (I’m from Florida BTW, sea cows are very popular in our waters).
The Banff Upper Hot Springs are located in the heart of Banff National Park only minutes from downtown Banff. The springs were used by Canada’s First Nations people in the 1800s and were introduced to European traders in the 1880s. In 1882 Canadian Pacific Railway workers discovered the Cave and Basin Hot Springs at the foot of Sulphur Mountain. This discovery captured the attention of the nation and led to the creation of Banff National Park, Canada’s very first National Park.
After a long day of hiking in the frigid weather of Alberta, there seemed no better idea than one of just soaking away my aches and pains in a giant heated pool.
You can’t beat the view from the Banff Hot Springs either. Sitting in the 100 degree F waters and looking out over the mountains with the chilly air blowing around you can create a feeling of utter tranquility
Even Kenin agrees that there is no better way to spend an afternoon in Banff than floating in the Upper Hot Springs.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs really was the perfect end to a perfect day in Banff National Park. Make sure to bring your towel and swimsuit. Just because you are visiting a winter wonderland doesn’t mean you won’t need them.
If you are planning a visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs here are a couple tips to make sure you have a great day.
- Bring a Towel and Swimsuit – If you didn’t think to pack them before your trip they do offer onsite rental of both
- Don’t Drink Alcohol – The combination of soaking in the hot springs plus the altitude can dramatically increase the effects of alcohol on your system.
- Hours – Banff Upper Hot Springs is open 10a – 10p most days
- Admission – Adult Admission is $7.30 and youth admission is $6.30 – they offer group rates for parties of 6 or larger.