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Upper Hot Springs

Rejuvenate your body in the geothermal waters of these historic hot springs while admiring the exquisite views of Banff National Park.

Upper Hot Springs is a thermal pool within the gorgeous landscapes of Banff National Park. Come here to relax in the geothermally heated and bubbling mineral water that flows from the Earth’s crust through the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault. Marvel at panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains as the therapeutic water cleanses and soothes your body. Have a scenic picnic or eat at the café at Upper Hot Springs.

Canadian Pacific Railroad workers discovered the springs in 1883. Prior to this, the site was most likely a sacred bathing place for First Nations people. The natural water temperature fluctuates between 81 F (27 C) and 116 F (47 C). Enjoy the pool at a full level even during winter, when the reduced amount of spring water is supplemented by municipal water.

The hot springs have been developed for tourism with a bathhouse, changing facilities and lifeguard service. Soak in the warm water and experience its revitalizing qualities. Gaze up at the surrounding snow-capped mountain peaks and alpine forests. Visit in the winter months for the chance to bathe in the hot water while snowflakes fall from the sky onto your head and shoulders.

Bring your own food to eat at the picnic tables set on a terrace above the pool. Purchase drinks and snacks from the on-site café. Browse for handicrafts and souvenirs at the gift shop.

You’ll find the hot springs about 3 miles (4 kilometers) south of Banff’s town center within the national park, which requires an entry fee. Public buses operate between the attraction and Banff. Park at the entrance to the pools. Nearby is the Banff Gondola, a scenic cable car with access to hiking trails and a walkway atop Sulphur Mountain. You can also hike from the springs to the top of the mountain along the Sulphur Mountain Trail.

Upper Hot Springs is open daily until late in the evening. It closes for yearly maintenance in late October. Pay a fee to use the pools. Lockers, swimsuits and towels are available for rent. Visit the springs’ official website for more information.


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The Rimrock Resort Hotel $278
The Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel

300 Moutain Avenue, Banff, AB
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the mountains, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Fairmont Banff Springs $486
    Fairmont Banff Springs

    Fairmont Banff Springs

    405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Banff resort is located in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Bow Falls and Banff Cascades of Time Gardens. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Mount Royal Hotel $195
      Mount Royal Hotel

      Mount Royal Hotel

      138 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located near the slopes, this Banff hotel is in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Canada House Gallery and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 1 mi (2 km). Banff Station is 10 minutes by foot.

        Moose Hotel And Suites $300
        Moose Hotel And Suites

        Moose Hotel And Suites

        345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 2 mi (3 km). Banff Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          Inns of Banff $150
          Inns of Banff

          Inns of Banff

          600 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Banff Park Lodge $162
            Banff Park Lodge

            Banff Park Lodge

            222 Lynx St, Banff, AB
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located near the slopes, this Banff hotel is in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Canada House Gallery and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 2 mi (3 km). Banff Station is 6 minutes by foot.

              The Elk & Avenue Hotel $218
              The Elk & Avenue Hotel

              The Elk & Avenue Hotel

              333 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Cave and Basin National Historic Site are also within 2 mi (3 km). Banff Station is 6 minutes by foot.

                Banff's Finest Guest Studio !
                Banff's Finest Guest Studio !

                Banff's Finest Guest Studio !

                Banff, AB
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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