Winter is here and there’s a chill in the air but if there’s one thing that we know about those who live in Wild Rose Country – it’s that even when temperatures are below freezing, you still want out and about. This frosty season, take in a mountain view from an Alberta hot spring or a year-round pool just outside the province and stay cozy-warm while you enjoy the fresh air!

Not sure where to go this year? Here are some of our favourites!



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 valley. While it’s typically pretty busy, 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



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Located about 3 hours east of Calgary’s city centre, Radium Hot Springs is one of the best on this list. Though it’s technically out of the province, this naturally heated pool is good for the mind, body and soul.

Where: 7556 Main Street East, Radium Hot Springs, BC
Distance from Calgary: 261.1 km
Distance from Edmonton: 547.5 km


If you’re willing to take a bit of a longer drive, Fairmont Hot Springs should also top your list. The largest of its kind in all of Canada, Fairmont has stunning panoramic views, and plenty of space to splash no matter the season.

Where: 5225 Fairmont Resort Road, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC
Distance from Calgary: 297.4 km
Distance from Edmonton: 583.9 km




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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



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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!