Fodor's Expert Review Banff Upper Hot Springs
Discovered in 1884, Banff's natural hot mineral springs were the impetus for the development of Canada's first national park. Early travelers to Banff came primarily to experience the "healing waters," and today these can still be experienced at the Banff Upper Hot Springs pools. The popular hot springs are child-friendly during the day—think family swimming pool rather than couples' hot-tub vibe. The water is especially inviting on a dull, cold day or when it's snowing, and the views of the mountains are spectacular. Lockers, bathing suits (circa 1920s or modern), and towels can be rented, and spa services are available. Even though the recommended limit is 20 minutes in the water, you'll likely want to stay an hour or two. The springs can be reached via a short uphill walk from the parking lot.