Summer Guide to Relaxation: The Top Hot Springs and Outdoor Spas in Canada

Canada has some beautiful hot springs and outdoor spas. Not only are they soothing, but these unique escapes are a great way to unwind. They aren’t costly to swim in either. In many cases, access to Canada's hot springs costs little more than a dip at your standard public swimming pool. Those looking for a more luxurious escape complete with massages, steam rooms and accommodations may prefer packages at one of the nation's many outdoor spas.

Time for some well-deserved R&R

There’s nothing more enjoyable than soaking in warm mineral-rich water. Here are the top hot springs and outdoor spas in Canada. All you need is a towel and a swim suit. Relaxing has never felt better.

Banff Hot Springs

The Canadian Rockies Hot Springs. There are three hot springs that make up The Canadian Rockies Hot Springs. They’re all beautiful and truly breathtaking.

  • Banff Hot Springs is located at 1,585 meters of elevation, making it the highest hot springs in Canada. The water is not only hot and steamy but it’s 100 per cent natural mineral water.
  • Radium Hot Springs, found in Kootenay National Park, is considered the top natural hot springs. There’s plenty of space to relax and the surrounding scenery is remarkable.
  • Miette Hot Springs, located in Jasper National Park, is the hottest mineral springs in the Canadian Rockies. The water flows directly from the mountain at 54°C where it’s cooled down to 40°C. The Miette Hot Springs are among Jasper’s top 10 attractions.

There are plenty of other things to do in Banff and Jasper while you’re there, even more reason to make a vacation out of it.

Fairmont Hot Springs Spa

Fairmont Hot Springs. Located in British Columbia, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is the largest natural hot springs in Canada. Each day, 1.5 million gallons of hot mineral water flows from the Columbia Valley into the three pools: the hot pool, the large swimming pool and the dive pool. Aside from the soothing, crystal clear water, you get to swim with an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains, as you can see in the banner image at the top of this article. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Canyon Hot Springs. These two hot spring pools are located near Revelstoke, British Columbia in between Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks. The Canyon Hot Springs were allegedly first discovered accidentally by a group of Canadian Pacific Railway workers. They enclosed the hot springs with timber and used it as a pool until their work on the CPR was complete. Fast forward to today and the Canyon Hot Springs are now two luxurious pools, the hot mineral soaking pool and the swimming pool. Both are filled with warm mineral water from the valley. This is a great place to relax.

Lussier Hot Springs. You can find these beautiful natural hot springs in Kootenay’s Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park. The Lussier Hot Springs are a popular rest spot for hikers and campers. The two hot springs are located adjacent to the Lussier River near the park entrance. The cooler pool is around 34°C and the main hot pool is around 43°C. Be one with nature and soak in the Lussier Hot Springs. The best part is, admission is absolutely free!

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. This popular outdoor spa redefines serenity. Located minutes from downtown Collingwood and Blue Mountain resort, you’ll find this authentic nature spa nestled in a natural forest. It’s situated on 25 acres of Ontario birch, Canadian maple and pine trees. This Scandinave spa will provide you with one unique and relaxing experience in a beautiful outdoor environment with a great view of the Niagara Escarpment. Aside from the soothing Scandinavian baths, you can also unwind in a Finnish Sauna or in the Eucalyptus Steam Room and soak under the Thermal and Nordic Waterfalls. There are also sister Scandinave Spa locations in Whistler, Montreal and Mont-Tremblant. If you’re 19 years of age or older and looking to escape the chaos of everyday life, the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is the place for you!

Balnea Spa and Thermal Reserve. Located in Quebec, the Balnea Spa and Thermal Reserve is Quebec’s largest spa domain. Balnea creates an astounding experience with treatments inspired by international cultures, yoga by the lake, tasty cuisine and 22 km of trails to explore. If you’re looking to relax, Balnea has a lot offer including panoramic saunas, exterior baths, forest bath and thermal waterfalls. Balnea Spa and Thermal Reserve is truly the complete package, this is one place you’ll never want to leave.

Harrison Healing Springs Spa

Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa. This resort hotel can be found in British Columbia on the shores of Harrison Lake. Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa is the perfect getaway for couples or for families. There are five mineral pools to swim in, healing spa treatments at the Healing Springs Spa, delicious cuisine and great nightlife. Head to the marina where you can fish, kayak, use bumper boats and hike beautiful nature trails. Visitors can either stay in the hotel, cottages or poolside guestrooms. The possibilities are endless at this resort and spa.

Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa. If you’re interested in a place to escape in Saskatchewan, Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa is the perfect place. Located in Moose Jaw, this hotel and spa will provide you with one unforgettable and relaxing getaway. Soak in Canada’s largest therapeutic geothermal mineral water pool, which is perfect for soothing muscles and sore joints. This pool is truly one-of-a-kind and was named one of the world’s "Top 10 Spas for Mineral Springs." The water is drawn from an ancient seabed below the earth’s surface, more than 4,500 ft below. There’s also a variety of spa packages available, which will leave you feeling rejuvenated. This is one getaway you’ll never forget!

Canada is full of breathtaking places where you can truly unwind and relax. These hot springs and outdoor spas and resorts will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. You’ll never want to swim in a chlorinated pool again!

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