Banff Upper Hot Springs, Banff

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Thermal Spa · Spa / Wellness
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 different 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 traversing 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 with 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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  • Attended during the summer holidays in August and sad to say the reviews are true. The area is beautiful, the springs are gorgeous and warm however, it was just like sitting in warm water with 100...  more »
  • Loved the time in the spa as always, what I liked about this place was the explanation of how it all happens on a giant display before you go in the water. Half the patio wan closed because it gets...  more »
  • 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

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