When visitors arrive in Banff and Lake Louise, there is no doubt that they are awestruck by what they immediately see: Grazing elk, tucked under the shadow of a soaring peak. It’s exactly what you saw on the postcards, but even more spectacular than you could have imagined.
Archaeologists have discovered evidence that would place humans on the shore of nearby Vermillion Lakes around 10,300 B.P.; likely staring up at the same view you’re enjoying today.
In 1883, when three rail workers re-discovered the Banff Hot Springs at the base of Sulphur Mountain, it’s unlikely that they could have imagined the legacy that would follow.
After being designated first as The Banff Hot Springs Reserve, the hot pools would eventually become the catalyst for creating Canada’s first national park. During the late 19th century, “the waters” in Banff became a mecca for those seeking healing properties.
Even today, the salutary feeling of slipping into a pool filled with water that has been heated and filtered from deep within the crust of the earth is undeniable.
Visitors to Banff have a nearly unlimited amount of options to seek out these healing properties in the form of modern spa settings or the historic pools themselves.
Historic Hot Pools
At 1585m, the Banff Upper Hot Springs are the highest in Canada and still allow visitors the chance to enjoy the healing waters that have been visited by those in The Bow Valley for hundreds of years. Bring your own bathing suit or don a heritage onesie suit for the authentic 1800’s experience. Visit early in the day for the most relaxing dip.
The Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs
Regularly listed as one of the top spa destinations in the world, The Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs offers guests a full spa experience alongside a modern take on the historic Banff hot springs, including three waterfall pools and a European mineral pool.
Cedar & Sage Co.
Escape to a mountain oasis at Cedar & Sage Co., Banff's only holistic lounge. Located in the heart of downtown Banff, this relaxation spa specializes in massage therapy and also offers acupuncture, yoga, reiki, and more.
The Rimrock Spa
Extend the luxury of your stay at The Rimrock and enjoy a menu focused on relaxation and well-being. Registered hotel and spa guests have access to an indoor pool, sauna, and whirlpool. You can also take some time to kick back and unwind on the pool deck with panoramic mountain views.
Remedy - Skincare & Spa
Located in the heart of Banff Avenue, Remedy offers a holistic approach to beauty. Choose from a range of specialized services including a De-Stress Package or the Fire & Ice Facial. Enjoy a sorbet or hot drink accompanied by spectacular views post-treatment.