If you are planning on buying a ticket to Bali, Thailand, or some other really hyped up country… stop, take a step back, and look at the beauty in your own backyard.
Now that we’ve done that, it’s time to take a plunge into some of Western Canada’s nicest hot springs.
Come and enjoy the warm, crystal clear mineral water of Fairmont Hot Springs. Here, the odourless water is kept at a tingling 39°C. Let your troubles be washed away by submerging in the mineral-rich water as you stare out into a panoramic view of the Rockies.
Where: 5225 Fairmont Resort Road, Fairmont Hot Springs
Distance away: 1 hour and 28 minutes (from Calgary)
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Soak in the mineral water of Banff Hot Springs this summer! The geothermally heated water comes up three kilometres from the earth’s crust before even seeing the light of day — and heating up your little body. The water can reach 47°C over the winter and cools off in the summer to around 27°C. Sitting at the pool, you’ll have a first-class view of the vast mountains that engulf Banff, helping you to leave any problems or worries behind.
Where: 1 Mountain Ave, Banff
Distance away: 1 hour and 46 minutes (from Calgary)
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Caution adventurers — these are the hottest hot springs in the Canadian Rockies! Take a dive into the springs in Jasper National Park. The beauty of the mountains and the greenery around it will leave you dreaming about coming back!
Where: Miette Hot Springs is located 61 km east of Jasper townsite, 51 km west of Hinton and 336 km west of Edmonton.
GPS: 53.12984, -117.772356 decimal degrees Or N 53° 7′ 47.424″, W -117° 46′ 20.5
Distance away: 5 hours and 53 minutes (from Calgary)
These hot springs will have you experiencing nature up close and personal. Pick a pool of hot spring water, find a rock, sit your bum down, and take in the beauty that envelopes you while feeling at one with Canada’s great outdoors. Maybe leave the phone off to the side this time, and simply enjoy the moment — Instagram doesn’t need to know you were here.
Where: East Kootenay E, BC
Distance away: 4 hours and 6 minutes (from Calgary)
Right across the Alberta/BC border, you’ll find this historic gem of a hot spring. This spring was considered a spiritual place for First Nations. In 1841 it was recorded that Sir George Simpson, the Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, made a visit to the springs to bathe in a pool big enough for just one person. You can enjoy the view of Sinclair Canyon, spot a bighorn sheep, and get a bit of a history lesson from the locals on this small piece of Canadian history.
Where: 5420 Highway, 93 Radium Hot Springs, BC
Distance away: 2 hours and 55 minutes (from Calgary)
Come dip your toes into this warm (and year-round) hot spring! Check out the spring’s 160 ft. iconic horse-shoe cave that the warm, mineral-infused water travels through— don’t forget to bring your camera and snap a picture! You’ll be able to destress while taking in the scenic view of Kootenay Lake at sunset.
Where: 3609 Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Hwy, Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC
Distance away: 7 hours and 36 minutes (from Calgary)