A Travel Guide To Parks Canada’s Canadian Rockies Hot Springs
If your travel plans include a visit to Alberta Canada, then you simply must visit one of the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs Mineral Pools at some point. I have always loved stopping at Parks Canada’s famous hot spring pools when traveling through the Rockies over the years.
These two natural hot mineral springs are among the top attractions in the Canadian Rocky Mountains for visitors traveling from around the globe.
A Look at Miette Hot Springs
Located in Alberta’s Jasper National Park, Miette Hot Springs dates back to the 1800’s, where the springs were first used by the Native people living in the area. In 1938, construction was completed on a new bath facility for the ever increasing influx of visitors to Jasper National Park.
Your Friendly Staff Greeting You at Miette Hot Springs
My first visits to Miette were back in the late 1960’s while traveling with my parents and into the late 1970’s while camping right up at the hot springs. I do recall the original structure and pool before construction of the pools present location.
Miette Hot Springs History Photos
Today’s pool and building was constructed in 1986 to meet the demands of this very popular tourist attraction in the Park. At the pools entrance, take a moment and view some of the history of this site and the generations of people having enjoyed these soothing waters over the years.
Miette Hot Springs Outdoor Mineral Pools
This Hot Spring is the hottest natural mineral springs in the Canadian Rockies. Flowing from the mountain at 54°C (129°F), it is then cooled to a relaxing 40°C (104°F). All pools offer a difference in temperature for most everyone to enjoy!
From a soothing warm and relaxing large main pool, to a more heated pool for those looking to soothe those aching muscles and joints away! There’s also a couple of cool off pools that the kids seem to prefer. 🙂
I have always loved stopping here over the years and access is easy, just minutes east of Jasper, Alberta and just a short distance off the main highway #5. Accommodations of all sorts and camping facilities are located just minutes away!
A Look at Banff Upper Hot Springs
One other famous and very popular destination for locals and tourists alike, is Banff Upper Hot Springs. This hot spring facility is equally as beautiful as Miette, but different and unique in its own way as well.
Situated in Banff National Park, it offers the same soothing qualities of other natural hot spring pools, but still has a touch of history attached to the site.
The historic bathhouse still stands and is used today for visitors coming to enjoy the pools. The building also houses a cafe and gift shop for people grab a bite to eat and grab a favorite souvenir.
Banff Hot Springs Historic Building
With equally beautiful views situated high above the town of Banff, it is another major attraction for visitors to this region. This was our first visit to these hot springs and we found this location equally as enjoyable as my long – time favorite, that of Miette.
You can still come and enjoy the one hundred percent natural mineral water that continues to flow at this beautiful Hot Springs in Banff, Alberta!
Brief History of Upper Hot Springs
Banff Upper Hot Springs Staff
Like that of Miette, these hot springs also date as far back as the 1800’s when first used. Over time in the early 1930’s, the Upper Hot Springs bathhouse was constructed for visitors to the Park. Complete with a sulfur water pool, baths, steam rooms and more, it was truly an amazing facility during its period!
Briefly, the restored bathhouse was constructed in 1996, complete with a new pool, restaurant and gift shop. Not to worry if you forgot to pack a bathing suit and/or towel, all Parks Canada hot springs facilities offer clean and comfortable rentals for your added convenience.
Beautiful Outdoor Hot Springs Pool with Stunning Mountain Views
In addition, one other favorite Parks Canada Hot Springs is located in the Province of British Columbia, right next door. It’s located in BC’s Kootenay National Park in the town of Radium BC. Appropriately named Radium Hot Springs, is another very popular tourist destination, offering a unique outdoor scenic canyon setting.
A favorite during the cold winter months, where you can relax in the soothing natural spring waters, while at the same time, enjoying the snow covered canyons that surround you!
All 3 of these amazing hot springs are a part of the Canadian Signature Experience. Destination Canada’s Canadian Signature Experiences Collection, showing the world the best that Canada has to offer!
Showcasing special travel experiences at Parks Canada’s national parks and national historic sites.
Below, I have listed the official Parks Canada website where you can access more detailed information on all 3 of the Hot Springs I have mentioned above.
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
Although our visits to Miette & Banff Upper Hot Springs on our travels to Alberta were in collaboration with Parks Canada, rest assured all content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.
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