We’re all waiting for the day that we can say that spring has sprung and mean it, but we’d be lying if we weren’t getting impatient. Luckily, while it’s still gloomy enough to really appreciate the heat, there are plenty of beautiful places that we can visit where comforts are just a little bit cozier. Here are the few year-round outdoor pools and hot springs that you can visit in Alberta.

NATURAL HOT SPRINGS

MIETTE HOT SPRINGS

 

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Located in Jasper National Park, Miette (which is currently closed due to COVID) offers stunning views, walking trails, and a cute little spot to grab a bite. Fun fact, this little hot spring source produces the hottest mineral water in the Canadian Rockies and actually has to be cooled to 40°C so that it’s comfortable enough for guests to actually enjoy.

Where: Miette Rd Jasper, Miette Hotsprings, AB
Distance from Calgary: 473 km
Distance from Edmonton: 338 km

BANFF UPPER HOT SPRINGS

Probably the best-known spot to take a dip in the area – Banff’s upper hot springs overlook the tiny mountain town, the trees, and the stunning tree-lined valley. While it’s typically pretty busy in the early spring, we’d still recommend checking it out. It’s kind of a bucket-list item. 

Where: 1 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB
Distance from Calgary: 133 km
Distance from Edmonton: 419km

MIST MOUNTAIN 

 

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We hope that you guys have got comfortable walking shoes because you’re in for an incredibly difficult 6.4 km hike. Located about an hour and 40 minutes from Calgary’s city center, this picturesque natural hot spring will be accessible come June, but is certainly not an easy one to get to, but man is it worth it if you’re prepared. Be safe and be smart and don’t attempt this one if you’re not experienced, folks.

Where: Mist Mountain, Kananaskis, AB – Directions here
Distance from Calgary: approx 120 km
Distance from Edmonton: approx 420 km

HOT POOLS

KANANASKIC NORDIC SPA

 

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Need a little RNR? Enjoy a day at the world-famous Nordic Spa & hot pool. Relax, wind down and drink at one of three bars and restaurants, then wake up the next day feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on a spring hike or something. This spot really is so much more than just a place to warm up in the cold.

Where: 1 Centennial Dr, Kananaskis
Distance from Calgary: 99.2 km
Distance from Edmonton: 389 km

MYSTIC SPRINGS

 

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A lesser-known spot to dip your toes in when it’s chilly, Mystic Springs is located in Canmore and is far less busy than others in the area. An incredibly well-kept secret, guests who visit are able to relax in a quiet outdoor pool no matter the time of year in peace.

Where: 140 Kananaskis Way, Canmore
Distance from Calgary: 102 km
Distance from Edmonton: 391 km

And there you have it folks, year-round outdoor pools and hot springs that you can visit in Alberta. Now get out there and enjoy!