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Banff Upper Hot Springs

1 Mountain Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
403-762-1515
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Ranked #19 of 37 activities in Banff
Type: Spas, Hot Springs/ Geysers
Owner description: All the amenities of a modern facility are featured in this splendid, historic spa and bath house—against a backdrop of spectacular alpine scenery.... more » Owner description: All the amenities of a modern facility are featured in this splendid, historic spa and bath house—against a backdrop of spectacular alpine scenery. You will luxuriate in the comfort of soothing hot water where travelers have come to “take the waters” for more than a century. Banff’s premier attraction features: a day spa, outdoor terrace, Wonder of water hydrology exhibit and historic swimsuits (1920's) for rent. It also offers an outfitters gift store and the Upper Hot Springs Café. « less
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Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed our brief visit here. It's a bit crowded, but not too bad. I accidentally forgot my bathing suit and opted to rent one of their vintage style suits. It was fun (not terribly comfortable). It's cheap and nice for what it is. The pool is great and very relaxing. Nice for a short trip.

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San Francisco, California
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Banff Hot Springs is really just a big warm outdoor pool with a view. The view definitely is nice, and the warmth of the water is definitely relaxing after a day of hiking, but the crowds of people and the fact that the spa is really a large swimming pool, leaves the experience as just OK. Reasonable costs, about $7... More

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Corvallis
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Why does it smell so clean and no sulfur odor while the original spring outside smells more like hotspring? The authenticity seemed to be taken out of the picture for the sake of public health which is not in danger to begin with. As long as the stream keeps on moving, there should not be any problem, I believe. But... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

My friends and I were just here recently. I was excited to go swimming on a hot spring but didn't quite expect it to be just an outdoor pool. Since we're out in the rockies, I kinda expected it to be outdoor, with fresh water hot springs coming from the rocks from the mountain. The fee is $7.30 which I... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We went at 9pm after a day of sightseeing- Spent a relaxing hour soaking in the large warm pool. A bit crowded at 9pm but slowly people left and by 9:45pm lots of room around the sides to the pool. Last entry is 10:30pm. Reasonable costs, under $6 (discount for over 65), locker costs $1 (per use), towels under $2.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Not quite what we pictured 'the hot springs' to be when booking our hotel & a perk was 2 passes to the hot springs... but it was beautiful. A fresh snow fall had come overnight leaving snow on the trees. The scenery was beautiful as we relaxed in the water & able to look at the mountains from the pool... More

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Estevan, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

We went here one evening after supper in banff and didn't find it too crowded at all! It was a nice way to end the evening and to relax after a long day of hiking! We would like to try it again in the winter maybe, that would be neat.

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New York
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The entrance admission is reasonably priced but don't forget to add on the costs for locker ($1 coins), towel ($1.90) if you don't bring your own, swim suit ($1.90)... (The towel rental cost was not on the website) We were not really expecting it to be only one medium pool with hot water (granted it is 40 degrees C of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Well this was a real blast from the past. A family of 4 and the 40 degree hot springs overlooking Banff was a treat. The pool hasn't changed much, but it was very clean and lifeguards are working and attentive. Showers on the pool deck are good and cold. Change rooms have 1 dollar lockers and there is a fantastic... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The hot springs honesty just looks like a large hot tub, there is little natural whimsy about it besides the surrounding mountains, but it is very crowded too. Pass.

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