Banff Upper Hot Springs Day Trip

Banff Upper Hot Springs
Banff Upper Hot Springs
Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff Upper Hot Springs Day Trip

Everything you need to know about a day trip to the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

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Take a relaxing soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs (Photo credit: Roth & Ramberg/Travel Alberta).

What are the hot springs?

The temperature of the naturally fed hot spring varies by season between 37°C and 40°C. Hot springs are all different and the Banff Hot Springs has its own unique blend of minerals, gases, and temperature that makes it a one of a kind experience. The Banff Upper Hot Springs contains five main minerals: sulfate, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, and sodium.

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Entrance to the Banff Upper Hot Springs (Photo credit: Roth & Ramberg/Travel Alberta).

How do I get there?

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There is no time limit to your visit at the Banff Upper Hot Springs (Photo credit: Roth & Ramberg/Travel Alberta).

How much does it cost?

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Relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs (Photo credit: Noel Hendrickson/Travel Alberta).

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Canada Parks staff with visitors to the Banff Upper Hot Springs (Photo credit: Roth & Ramberg/Travel Alberta).

What can I do there?

Make sure to visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs gift shop for a souvenir of your time in the Canadian Rockies. You can even purchase heritage swimsuits in the style of bathers who enjoyed the hot springs in the 1920s. Need a snack break? The Banff Upper Hot Springs Café is located on the upper level of the bathhouse and has a wide range of snacks, lunch items, and ice cream to cool down after your soak. Or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it on the deck overlooking the hot springs with a great view of Rundle Mountain.

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Enjoying a soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs (Photo credit: Roth & Ramberg/Travel Alberta).

What should I bring?

Modest swimwear is required in order to enter the hot springs. Long-sleeved pants, shirts, shorts, and traditional clothing like saris and hijabs are also permitted in the pool. Freshly laundered rental swimsuits are available for a small fee at the Banff Upper Hot Springs if you forget yours at home. Make sure you bring a towel to dry off after your soak. Towels are also available on site for rent.

Admission includes a locker token so you can safely store your personal belongings while you enjoy a soak in the hot spring. Store your shoes, clothes, winter coats, bags and other belongings in the locker. Unbreakable water containers, cameras, sunglasses, and towels are permitted on the deck of the hot spring.

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The Banff Upper Hot Springs is a safe and sanitary experience (Photo credit: Roth & Ramberg/Travel Alberta).

Is it safe and sanitary?

The Banff Upper Hot Springs is a safe and sanitary experience for all ages. Lifeguards are on site at all times and water temperature and mineral levels are monitored daily for the safety of all visitors. All guests to the Banff Upper Hot Springs must shower with soap before entering the pool area to maintain the water quality for everyone.

Relaxing in the hot springs is a unique experience but it is recommended to take a cool down break every 20 minutes and drink water to stay hydrated during your visit. Pregnant women and individuals with heart conditions, diabetes, or other health conditions should consult their doctor before soaking in the hot springs.

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Kids can enjoy the Banff Upper Hot Springs too (Photo credit: @dunfordgirls on Instagram).

Can kids go to the hot springs?

The hot springs are safe for children, babies, and toddlers. Children 3 and under are required to wear swim diapers while in the pools, and can be purchased at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Youth life jackets are available for rental for young swimmers who need additional safety.

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The Banff Upper Hot Springs is open year round (Photo credit: Roth & Ramberg/Travel Alberta).

What time of year should I go?

The Banff Upper Hot Springs is at its highest volume in the spring, flowing at over 900 litres per minute. Late winter finds the lowest volume, at around 500 litres per minute, but can have temperatures of up to 47°C or 116°F.

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Go early in the morning and beat the crowds (Photo credit: Roth & Ramberg/Travel Alberta).

What tips and tricks should I know?

A great local tip is to come in the early morning for a soak before it gets busy later in the day. That way you can beat the crowds and have a relaxing visit.

Love a good soak? There is no maximum time limit for your visit, within business hours, with your admission to the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

Forgot your swimsuit? No problem. Freshly laundered rental swimsuits are available for a small fee at the Banff Upper Hot Springs if you forget yours at home.

Soak up the heat of the hot springs safely by taking a cool down break every 20 minutes and drinking water to stay hydrated during your visit.

Locker rentals are included with your admission to the Banff Upper Hot Springs and are one-time use only. Make sure all your belongings are stowed away before locking it up and heading to the pool area.

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