Point of Interest

Banff Upper Hot Springs

Canada / Americas

Banff Upper Hot Springs at 1,585 meters (5,200 feet), make them the highest in Canada. Indigenous people used the hot springs traditionally; these were their sacred places. Then in 1884, after Canadian Pacific Railway workers had discovered the Cave and Basin Hot Springs, at the foot of Sulphur Mountain. Europeans visited the Upper Hot Springs for the first time.1904 two cement plunge basins, several bath tubs and a 7.2 m x 7.2 m swimming basin was built by the government at the Upper Hot Springs which evolved by 1930’s into a Bath House thought to rival the famous spas of Europe. The Queen Anne Revival style with rustic overtones led it to being a Registered Federal Heritage Building, declared by the Government of Canada in 1996.

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