Banff Upper Hot Springs
Hours of operation
Banff Upper Hot Springs remains closed until further notice as Parks Canada continues to assess how this iconic experience can safely resume operations. Anticipated reopening dates and information about what to expect when Banff Upper Hot Springs reopen will be shared on our website as soon as it is available.
Thermal waters pass
(2 adults & 2 youth)
Additional Locker Token
Child (Under 3)
(2 adults & 2 youth)
(10 or more people must arrive together and pay in one transaction)
Prices are subject to change. Locker token included in all prices except annual passes.
For information about hotel and activity packages click here
Book of 10 tickets
Can be used at Banff, Radium and Miette
Locker token not included with annual passes.
Banff Upper Hot Springs is located near the top of Sulphur Mountain, 4 km south of the town of Banff.
1 Mountain Ave, Banff AB T1L 1K2
115.5606 °W 51.1506 °N
129 km west of Calgary
25 km east of the Castle Mountain Junction (Trans-Canada Highway)
Banff Upper Hot Springs can be reached by ROAM bus Route 1. Take route 1 up Sulphur Mountain to the Upper Hot Springs parking lot then follow the sidewalk along the road up a short hill to Banff Upper Hot Springs.
Follow Banff Avenue over the Bow River and turn left (east) at the traffic lights (T-intersection). Keep right onto Mountain Avenue then follow the signs for Banff Upper Hot Springs for 3.6 km up Sulphur Mountain. Take the first exit out of the traffic circle to enter the Upper Hot Springs parking lot. From the parking lot, follow the short uphill sidewalk to Banff Upper Hot Springs.
Limited parking for cars, RVs and motor coaches is available. Motor coaches and RVs are required to park in the back lot where there is more space to maneuver.
Accessible parking is available next to the Upper Hot Springs Bathhouse.
Banff Upper Hot Springs is available for rent on a limited basis one hour before or one hour after regular operating hours.
Pool Rentals are not available on statutory holidays, statutory holiday weekends, and between Christmas and New Year's.
Pool rentals must be made a minimum 3 weeks before your desired rental date. Full payment is required 2 weeks prior to confirmed pool rental.
Hot pool (1-60 persons) $275.74
Plus $4.04 per person over 60 persons.
Plus $1 per person per locker token
Banff Upper Hot Springs is currently closed to limit the spread of Covid-19. An estimated re-opening date is currently not available. Please check back often or visit parkscanada.gc.ca/Covid-19 for more information
100% natural mineral water is flowing at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.
Water temperature is currently between 37 and 40 degrees Celsius or 98 and 104 Fahrenheit.
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 National Historic Site.
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. This is your chance to discover Banff’s rich hot springs history for yourself.
Where can I buy my Thermal Waters Pass?
Thermal Waters Passes can be purchased at Banff Upper Hot Springs and Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
How far apart are these sites?
Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Upper Hot Springs are located in close proximity to each other. Travel time varies seasonally, but is generally a 10 minute drive, 30 minutes by bus, and 1 hour walk.
Do I need to visit both sites on the same day?
No. You can visit Banff Upper Hot Springs and Cave and Basin National Historic Sites on two different days! Thermal waters passes are redeemable during operating hours within the calendar year of purchase.
How do I reserve my pass?
Entry is based on a first come first served. Reservations are not available.
How long will it take to visit?
Most visitors spend 1-2 hours at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to explore both the exhibits and the cave. To learn more about amenities and activities please click here.
Visitors spend an average of an hour in the hot springs at Banff Upper Hot Springs and we recommend that guests drink water and take breaks to cool off every 10-20 minutes while enjoying the pool. A cafe and gift shop are available onsite.
See prices here.
Men’s, women’s and accessible change rooms are located in the facility. Washrooms, showers and one-time use lockers are all located in the change rooms.
Visitors must shower with soap prior to entering the pools.
Take home the perfect souvenir from our on-site gift shop! A wide range of keepsakes and practical items are available for purchase including heritage swimsuits modelled after the suits worn in the 1920s!
The Banff Upper Hot Springs Café is located on the upper level of the bathhouse and includes ample seating to catch up with friends and family over a meal or coffee. Grab a snack, drop by for lunch or cool off with an ice cream after your soak.
Things to do
Banff Upper Hot Springs is located near the top of Sulphur Mountain. While you are in the area, pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the deck overlooking the hot springs, or purchase our Thermal Waters Pass and enjoy entry to Banff Upper Hot Springs and the Cave and Basin National Historic Site for one low price!
Up for more? Get your heart pumping on a 13 km (return), 750 m elevation gain hike to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site to experience the ultimate view of the town of Banff.
To learn more about things to do in Banff click here.