Alberta's Restrictions Exemption Program is in effect.

Visitors age 12 and older who wish to enter the hot springs, including the café and gift shop will need to show:

  • government issued identification (patrons 18 and older only)

and one of the following:

  • proof of full vaccination;
  • documentation of a medical exemption; or
  • proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72-hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories are not permitted).

Effective December 8, QR codes are the only accepted proof of vaccination for residents of Canada.

International travelers can continue to present proof of vaccination from their home country (either printed or QR codes).

Any visitor unable to comply with these requirements will be denied entry.

Plan ahead and visit our COVID-19 and your visit to Banff Upper Hot Springs to learn what to expect when you arrive.

Construction on a retaining wall is currently underway at Banff Upper Hot Springs and is expected to continue into the winter.

Banff Upper Hot Springs remains open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Last entry is 5 p.m.

Parks Canada is making every effort to minimize the disturbance on site during construction. Some construction noise will be audible while this work is completed.

Safety is Parks Canada’s top priority. Please respect all closed signs and fencing.

Banff Upper Hot Springs is open seven days per week.

Wait times may change during peak visitor hours.

Your health and safety is our first priority. Appropriate lifeguard-to-patron ratios will be maintained at all times which may affect pool capacity limits.

For up-to-date hours visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs website.

One of Banff National Park's greatest traditions is visiting the Upper Hot Springs for a soothing soak in the hot, mineral-rich water. Relaxing in the outdoor pool among the jagged peaks of Rundle and Cascade Mountains is a magical experience that has drawn visitors to Banff since 1886.

The bath house is a federal heritage building. Interpretive exhibits celebrate the glorious history of this iconic place and help visitors learn about the nature of hot springs.

Top 5 minerals

The top five minerals found in the Banff Upper Hot Springs are:

  • Sulphate 572 mg/l
  • Calcium 205 mg/l
  • Bicarbonate 134 mg/l
  • Magnesium 42 mg/l
  • Sodium 6.6 mg/l

Water temperature is kept between 37 and 40 ºC (98 and 104 ºF).