Many of us dread the colder months in Alberta. And apart from Christmas and certain seasonal winter activities/sports, there’s really not much people are happy about (unless you’re super into shoveling snow...to each their own).

However, I’ve found that barricading yourself indoors only adds to the misery. Winter can actually be enjoyed if you force yourself out of your home and get out there and explore. And our province has some great things to offer that will help make winter a season you can actually look forward to (well—one that’s more bearable, at the very least).

And what’s more cozy/ relaxing than a hot spring? It’s a great way to wind down and de-stress during the colder seasons. And the good news is, Alberta is home to one particularly amazing hot spring that is open during the winter months! And if you haven't figured it out already, I'm talking about Banff Upper Hot Springs. This place will certainly help you forget that you dislike winter (at least momentarily).

So start planning a short road trip to Banff National Park's most popular hot spring, to relax and warm up this season.

Note: Since BC holds a goldmine of amazing natural hot springs (including Radium Hot Springs), you should check out some of the ones you can visit over there as well. Click HERE to explore hot springs in BC.

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Banff Upper Hot Springs // Banff National Park

Located in Banff National Park, Banff Upper Hot Springs is a popular destination for those adventuring around the Rockies. This hot spring is an ideal place to relax and take your mind off all your troubles (some of which may be the debt many of us get into during Christmas time, aka the season of “giving”, aka the season of going broke). This hot spring is located amid the beautiful alpine scenery that Banff National Park has to offer. You’re guaranteed phenomenal panoramic views.