Canada is really cold—but thankfully our country provided a solution to that. Hot springs—a surreal paradise that gives Canadians some much needed warmth in the cold, cold winters. Hey, in this country, you get the best of both worlds—a snowy winter wonderland experience from the comfort and warmth of a beautiful hot spring, pretty unique eh?
Surreal doesn't even begin to describe the hot springs in Canada. Read on and see for yourself! Many of these hot springs are free or close to it, so no need to break the bank for a relaxing experience.
Liard River Hot Springs // Muncho Lake, BC
We've found wonderland. Experience bliss at Canada’s second biggest hot spring, which is picturesquely located in the Northern Rockies. Liard River Hot Springs features two natural hot springs. During the winter, you might even see the Northern Lights to add to the already surreal experience.
Takhini Hot Springs // Yukon Territory
People from all over come to this hot springs for their shot at winning the International Hair Freezing Contest. How does it work? All you got to do is dunk your head in the hot spring, proceed to freeze your hair in the –20 degrees celsius weather and capture a pic of the end result. The prize? In 2017, it was $750 and membership to Takhini Hot Pools. But you also get bragging rights if you're into that. Soaking in this natural hot spring is not an expensive feat—it costs only $11.50 for adults. Who knows, you might even win $750 out of it!
Lussier Hot Springs // Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, BC
This beautiful undeveloped hot spring will give you those surreal views. For the adventurous, there is an icy creek that can provide the perfect cool down right beside the pools.
Spa Scandinave // Mont Tremblant, QC
If you're wanting more of a spa experience, check out Spa Scandinave which features Scandinavian Baths, a long standing Finnish tradition also known as a hot spring. It's perfect for a girl's weekend or couple's retreat. You can relax in their hot outdoor baths all year-round. It costs $48.00 for access.
Hot Springs Cove // Vancouver Island, BC
This remote hot spring will take you to another world. It even overlooks the Pacific Ocean. There's also a natural waterfall you can stand under for a hot shower.
Miette Upper Hot Springs // Alberta
Welcome to the hottest mineral water in the Rockies. With a scenic view, you'll be submerged in total winter relaxation. This make for a great pit stop on your way back from UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Banff and the Jasper national parks, and will give some comfort to your muscles after hiking.
Spa Le Nordik // Chelsea, QC
This beautiful spa in Quebec offers baths that give the experience of thermotherapy. Soak in their hot baths and feel your stress and worries melt away. The thermal experience costs $53 on weekdays and $63 on weekends.
Millcroft Inn and Spa // Caledon, ON
Aside from outdoor hot springs, The Millcroft Inn and Spa features hydrotherapy rooms, indoor and outdoor baths and whirlpools, herbal steam rooms and more! To access their hot springs, it will cost you $70 or is included with an overnight stay, or any spa treatment over $100. You'll get access to their two outdoor hot springs, polar plunge pool, indoor and outdoor pools and more!
Keyhole Hot Springs // near Pemberton, BC
This natural hot springs is surreal to say the least. Set amongst a breathtaking river and beautiful mountains surrounding you, get ready to experience bliss. Seriously, just look at the pictures.
Please note: Currently Keyhole Hot Springs is closed for the season due to bear activity but it is definitely still worth a mention because you never know when it might open up again.
Fairmont Hot Springs // Fairmont Hot Springs, BC
Experience Canada’s largest natural hot springs. This unincorporated community is home to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and also undeveloped hot springs (like the one pictured above). Entry to the resort hot springs is only $12 for adults!
Banff Upper Hot Springs // Banff National Park, AB
Picturesquely situated in Banff National Park, it only costs $7.30 to soak in Banff Upper Hot Springs. This is the highest elevated hot spring in all of Canada.
Hotspring Island // Gwaii Haanas National Park
An entire island dedicated to hot springs? Down. If you're lucky, you might even spot some orcas in the Pacific Ocean as you soak your stress away. You can reach this island by floatplane or boat.