Banff Upper Hot Springs, Banff National Park

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Banff Upper Hot Springs are commercially developed hot springs located in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, near the Banff townsite. Discovered in 1883, the hot pool is outdoors and while in the pool, visitors can look across the valley to Mount Rundle. It is located at 1,585 metres (5,200 ft) of elevation, which makes it the highest hot spring in Canada.

The Upper Hot Springs are one of nine naturally occurring hot springs in the Banff area. The hot spring water flows naturally through a big crack in the rock called the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault. The source of the water is located at higher elevations on either Sulphur Mountain or Mount Rundle. The springs are created by water passing through cracks in the mountain from Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain. As the water flows down the mountain it picks up heat and minerals. The flow rates fluctuates seasonally depending on when the snow melts. In the spring the water flows at over 900 litres per minute, which is the highest flow rate of the year. Highest water flows are in the spring and are lowest during the winter. Since the early 2000s, flow to the Upper Hot Springs has stopped for several months of the winter. During these times, municipal water is substituted for the recreational pools. Water temperature is kept at approximately 38 °C (100 °F), which is the hottest of the springs in the Banff area.

The Banff Springs snail is absent from the Upper Hot Springs region.

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  • The biggest disappointment of our whole trip. Just don't bother. We though it would be hot springs (I have been to proper ones before) - NO it is just a gigantic hot tub. We stayed about 10...  more »
  • Love the place . They provide the towels and swim wear on the spot with very minimal charges. The water is hot and relaxing in the cold weather. It is open space and you can take shower. The only...  more »
  • Basically a heated pool with a nice view. Stay at your hotel heated pools/saunas. I convinced my group that we had to visit and I was really wrong. Not worth the visit. Overcrowded for such a small....  more »
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  • Truthfully, I enjoyed myself but I was expecting more. There was one large hot tub but it seemed like just a hot tub rather than the hot springs I was imagining (it would have been super cool if they made it look like the cave at cave & basin). Unfortunately they were running low of spring water when we went so they had supplemented some regular water from what I heard. We had a good time though. They had modern and historic bathing suits you could rent. The towels were about $2 to rent.
  • We had complimentary passes here from buying ski passes. We felt quite rejuvenated after 2 days of skiing after spending an hour or so in the hot springs. The view was decent. However, I would highly recommend those who have the time to visit Radium Hot Springs which is just about 2 hours drive from Banff. The view is superior as you really feel like you are in a spring surrounded by mountains
  • Visit here during the winter around January and February. It was not that busy during the morning around 10 a.m. but I hear during the stat holidays it can be very busy. The admission is around $8 a person. The showers and change them are fairly clean. The hot spring pool itself is very decent size it can occupied over a hundred people can be crowded. But when I went it was around 10 + people which was very nice. The hot spring temperature was around 40 degrees Celsius which is 98 degrees Fahrenheit. This Hot Spring is around an hour and a half away from Calgary. Whenever you're in Banff National Park definitely should schedule a hot spring a visit.
  • The best $8 you'll ever spend! My friends and I like to drive out to the hot springs and hang out on a cool winter or spring evening. They're open late, and close enough to Calgary that you can drive there and back without having to stay over. So relaxing!
  • It was crowded, but everyone was using pool etiquette so it wasn't that bad. The water was nice and hot and the mountains were outstanding! A perfect outing for my son's birthday ^_^

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