One of the stops we had not yet covered from our trip through the Canadian Rockies is Miette Hot Springs. We’re always up for some relaxation and swimming always does that for us, especially when we have kids in tow. Hot springs are a nice way to relax and leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Mother Earth heats the water and gently infuses it with amazing mineral rich nutrients. After so much driving we loved how the hot springs made us feel better mentally and physically and the frustrations from sitting in a car for so long really faded away. We also loved how our skin felt so wonderful after, too!
Located in Jasper National Park, Miette Hot Springs is one of Jasper’s top ten attractions. The hot springs feature the hottest mineral springs in the Canadian Rockies, where water flows from the mountain at 54°C and is cooled to a comfortable 40°C. The top five minerals found within the hot springs are: Sulfate, Calcium, Bicarbonate, Magnesium and Sodium. There are four outdoor pool options, each with a different temperature, two of which are cold plunge pools. And, boy were those cold plunge pools COLD!
The hot springs offer visitors a gorgeous view of the surrounding Fiddle River Valley. Even though it was a cloudy day during our visit to the hot springs, the cooler temperature made the water that much more enjoyable, but the scenery wasn’t as vibrant as we imagine it could be, with a sky full of clouds.
When we drove up to the parking lot of the hot springs, we were greeted by quite the traffic jam. There were Bighorn Sheep running around the parking lot and getting under the taller trucks. A gentleman told us they were licking the salt off from under the cars, but it sure sounded like a lot more than that. The Bighorn Sheep were getting right up and in there!
After you turn off of the the highway you discover this site is 17km into the mountains. The drive to the hot springs was a wide-open road, only passing a handful of cars on the way up. The leaves were starting to change colour for Fall, creating quite the stunning views as the road weaved. The drive was so pretty that the 17km really seemed to pass in no time at all.
We love visiting Hot Springs and can’t wait to find more on our next adventures. Hot Springs are one of the best ways to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.
Where have you found some great hot springs to check out?