The winter blahs: caused by gray skies, dipping temperatures, runny noses. If you’re human, you’ve felt them (we have). The antidote? Thermal hot springs. Canada has 140 of these natural beauts, many of them with mountain backdrops so pretty they seem almost otherworldly.
If your weekend plans are Netflix and takeout, we’ve got a better idea: Pack a mug of your favorite oolong and hit the road.
Banff Hot Springs. Travel to Banff to replenish your spirit by soaking in the hot mineral waters – just as travelers have done for 130 years.
25 Hidden British Columbia Hot Springs. “Hidden” may depend on how well you know BC, but this list of trip-worthy springs is worth checking out.
Rock Pools. If the jaw-dropping scenery isn’t enough, these Canadian Rock Pools have a little adventure baked in: They’re heated naturally by volcanic activity beneath them.
Haida Gwaii. Known to some as the “Galapagos of Canada,” this island is full of natural scenic beauty including towering forests and natural hot springs.
Halcyon Hot Springs. Tree-lined pools and a mountain backdrop make these springs stunning.
Five Hot Springs Within a Day’s Drive of Calgary. From the historic Banff Upper Hot Springs – drawing travelers for over 130 years – to the wild, natural thermal outflows of Lussier Hot Springs in Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, find your bliss within driving distance of Calgary.
Keyhole Hot Springs. Soak in the thermal waters at Keyhole Hot Springs (dogs allowed).
Liard Hot Springs. Don’t let the icy surroundings fool you – they make soaking in these soul- (and body-) warming springs even more rewarding.