Where do you go when you need to get out of Calgary for a while? You go somewhere where you know you'll get a chance to unwind and destress from the workweek. Luckily for Calgarians, there are a few magical hot springs near Calgary that are the ultimate way to forget about your inbox and your to do list.
As vast and beautiful as Canada is, we're sorely lacking in hot springs. The few ones we do have that are easily accessible, AKA no need to go hiking in the backcountry for hours, are usually not free. Still, once you get there and relax you'll find that the cost is usually totally worth it. Plus, the people in these photos at the hot springs look hella relaxed. Whether you're visiting in the dead of winter or splashing around in the summer sun, there's never a bad time to soak your worries away.
The next time that Alberta isn't under a total snow warning, why not hit the road and find some hot springs? Most of the hot springs on this list are somewhere in the Rockies both in Alberta and in B.C. If you end up checking out any hot springs near Banff, you can also stop by a few of the best hidden spots that tourists don't know about.
Miette Hot Springs
Price: $9.55 for a day pass
Address: Miette Road Jasper, Miette Hotsprings, AB
Why You Need To Go: Visit Miette when you really really need to destress because they have the hottest hot spring waters in the Rockies.
Banff Upper Hot Springs
Price: $11.35 for a day pass
Address: 1 Mountain Ave., Banff, AB
Why You Need To Go: This is one of the most iconic hot springs in Alberta plus it's way high up in the mountains so you'll get amazing views.
Kananaskis Nordic Spa
Price: $85 for a day pass
Address: 1 Centennial Dr., Kananaskis, AB
Why You Need To Go: When you need to treat yourself after an especially long day at work, nothing will do better than a spa day at this luxury nordic spa. Enjoy the Scandinavian-inspired spa circuit and feel the bliss.
Lussier Hot Springs
Address: Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, East Kootenay F, BC
Why You Need To Go: These magical hot springs are a must-see because they look like something out of a fairy tale.
Radium Hot Springs
Address: 5420 Highway 93, Radium Hot Springs, BC
Why You Need To Go: Set flush against the mountain, these hot springs have water that's crystal clear and totally smell-free so you can really melt like a pat of butter on toast.
Ainsworth Hot Springs
Address: 3609 Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Hwy, Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC
Why You Need To Go: These unique hot springs are actually inside a cave system and they're totally surreal. Put these hot springs on your bucket list ASAP.