Banff Upper Hot Springs
Banff may never have been as popular as it is now if it wasn’t for the hot springs founded by three railway workers over a hundred years ago in 1885. It remains as much of a luxury now as it was back then. Though the original site can no longer be bathed in due to some snails on the brink of extinction (no, I am not joking) the Banff Upper Hot Springs remain open to the public and it is something that every visitor to Banff should do if the chance arises.
The slight disappointment you might feel when you see that the Springs have become more of a swimming pool than their original peaceful haven is overcome when you look at the stunning backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. The 1930’s heritage bathhouse and the outdoor, spring-fed pool have a spectacular view of Mount Rundle which you can sit back in the soothing warmth and enjoy. It is equally good for a romantic couple as it is for a family on vacation.
This being the Canadian Rockies, there are many other hot springs around outside Banff. Though not technically a hot spring, the swimming pool in the Fairmont at the Jasper Park Lodge provides one of the greatest unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains.
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