After a grueling day skating at Lake Louise in sub-zero temperatures (with a couple of hot chocolate breaks to keep me going), I needed a break. I chose Banff’s Upper Hot Springs as the place to rest my weary bones.
The Hot Springs are on Sulphur Mountain, on the outskirts of the town of Banff. It’s an easy 10-minute drive from the centre of town. There are usually a number of people who walk up the road from town, I can’t imagine it would take more than 45 minutes, but I had already expended enough calories for one day.
There was a welcoming cloud of steam rising from the pool as I approached the entrance. The Upper Hot Springs Bath House is beautiful, it’s a recognized Federal Heritage Building built in 1931-32, operated by Parks Canada.
Inside, the change rooms/shower facilities are clean and comfortable. But I was paying less attention to the facilities – focused more on getting myself into the pool.
The pool is warm, kept at an average 37-40 degrees Celsius, or 98-104 Fahrenheit.
It was incredibly relaxing to float in the water, looking on the incredible mountain scenery, the memory of my demanding skating adventure fading into memory.