Province/Territory: Alberta

Soak in the mountain views at Canadian Rockies Hot Springs

  • 40°C heated pools
  • 100% natural mineral-rich waters
  • 01 UNESCO World Heritage Site landscape

Sink into the soothing, spring-fed hot springs pools in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Watch the mountain mist roll in, feel the heat seep into your tired muscles as you take in snow-capped Mount Rundle in Banff Upper Hot Springs. Tucked amid a forest of trees and rocky cliffs, the healing waters of Radium Hot Springs are natural stress relievers. Heat up then take a refreshing dip in the cool pool. Miette Hot Springs offers luxurious mineral waters cooled to a comfortable 40°C (104°F). Miette has one deep and one shallow hot pool, as well as two cold pools surrounded by comfy lounge chairs. If you forget you're in the wilderness, check out the resident Bighorn Sheep often lounging around in the Miette parking lot.

Why you should visit
  • Explore Banff's glacier-studded town, then enjoy more sweeping views as you soak up Banff Upper Hot Springs.
  • Top off your visit with a deep tissue massage or reflexology treatment at Banff and Radium Hot Springs.
  • Take photos of elk, deer, moose and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep en route from Jasper town site to Miette Hot Springs.
  • Soak up the local history over a snack by the pools.
  • Brag about visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site studded with mountains, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and caves.
  • Check out the herds of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in the village of Radium Hot Springs, especially in spring.
  • Learn the fascinating history of Banff's hot springs, including how and why they gave rise to Canada's entire parks system.

Weather

  • Alberta Summers are hot, dry and sunny mid-May through mid-September.
  • Fall colours light up the Canadian Rockies from mid-September to early November. Mountain weather can be inconsistent so be prepared for cool evenings year-round.
  • Expect cold temperatures from early November to late March - perfect for skiing and snowmobiling.
  • Summers in British Columbia's Radium Hot Springs are relatively short and cool, with occasional hot spells, while winters are long and snowy.
  • Discover local weather information at Radium Hot Springs, Banff and Jasper. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Visitor information
  • Hours, Fees, & Admissions.
  • Banff Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs are open daily, year-round.
  • Miette Hot Springs is open from early May to early October.
  • On-site food, beverage and gift shops.
  • Spa services available at Banff and Radium Hot Springs.
  • Swimsuit (vintage and modern styles), towel and locker rentals available.
  • All hotsprings sites are wheelchair accessible.
When to go
  • Banff Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs are open daily, year-round.
  • Summer is the busiest season for the hot springs. You'll enjoy fewer crowds during early fall. Winter evenings are lovely, when steam rises from the water and you're surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
  • The route to Miette Hot Springs is dotted with wildlife in summer.
  • Rainy afternoons are lovely at the hot springs, when mountain mist hovers above the soothing waters.
Need to know
  • Plan to spend from two hours to a half day enjoying the amenities.
  • Weekends are generally much busier than weekdays.
  • Bring along personal toiletries for showers.
  • Appointments are recommended for Radium Hot Springs and Banff Hot Springs spa treatments.
Getting Here
  • Banff Upper Hot Springs are located right in Banff National Park at the top of Mountain Avenue, just south of the town centre. Public transit and taxi service available.
  • Miette Hot Springs are located in Jasper National Park, about an hour's drive east of the Jasper townsite.
  • Radium Hot Springs are located in Kootenay National Park, less than a 2-hour drive from Banff, or a 3-hour drive west of Calgary.