Thermal Waters Pass
Splash into the past!
Visit two great Parks Canada sites for one low price.
Start your day with a relaxing soak in the hot pool at Banff Upper Hot Springs then dry off and take a trip back in time at the Cave and Basin. Treasured by Indigenous Peoples and coveted by explorers and travellers, this is your chance to experience Banff’s rich hot springs history for yourself.
Relax and soak in the views of Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain at Banff Upper Hot Springs. Located at 1 500 m above sea level on Sulphur Mountain, this is Canada’s highest elevation operational hot spring. Grab lunch at the café, take a stroll through the gift shop and enjoy soaking in the soothing mineral rich water that has drawn visitors to Banff National Park since 1886. Don’t forget to rent a historic suit for that perfect selfie to share with your friends and family!
Take in the sights, sounds, and even smells, of the birthplace of Canada’s national parks system. Learn about the hot springs’ rich history from their initial use by Indigenous People, to their role in the establishment of Canada’s first national park and the world-class experience they are today.
Stroll along the Marsh loop trail and watch for birds, hear from railway workers who tried to claim the land while building Canada’s first trans-continental railway on a Discovery tour, and explore the cave that started it all! While you are here don’t forget to look down. After all, this place is also home to Banff’s smallest endangered species, the Banff Springs’ snail! With numerous daily activities happening thorough out the summer there is always something happening here!