The Benefits of Hot Springs
Hot Springs are more than just a fun time outside with your friends and family. Did you know that Hot Springs actually have many health benefits? Although they are viewed as a relaxing getaway by many, Hot Springs have been used as healing treatments in the past, and have various therapeutic benefits.
Increase Blood Circulation
The most well-known fact about natural Hot Springs is that they boost blood circulation throughout your entire body. The water contains various different minerals that are difficult to absorb elsewhere, such as calcium and sodium bicarbonate. Although you can ingest vitamins containing these minerals, soaking your body in them allows them to deeply penetrate the skin and thus, increases circulation and the flow of oxygen.
Relieve Pain & Stress
Studies have shown that the natural Hot Spring waters aid in pain and stress reduction by relaxing tense muscles. The intense heat of the water minimizes the sensation that pain causes, allowing our body to enter an immense state of relaxation - similarly to when you get tired after spending too much time in a hot tub! The buoyant nature of floating also supports your body’s joints, and thus, takes a lot of stress off the body, making it feel as though you just got a massage!
The warm waters of Hot Springs contain high levels of silica, a common mineral used to remove moisture within packaging. That being said, the silica in these waters acts as an exfoliant. Similar to sugar, silica softens dry skin naturally while smoothening your body. The sulfur in the water also helps to soothe skin many common skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. Sulfur also contains natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, leaving your skin feeling fresh!
Top Hot Springs in Canada
Canada is home to many different Hot Springs, primarily located in the West. Temperatures range from 25°C to 45°C, depending on the season, and have some pretty incredible views, especially if you’re in the Rocky Mountains. We’ve listed a couple of our favourites, but there are endless options depending on where you’re visiting!
Miette Hot Springs - Jasper, AB
Located in Jasper National Park, Miette Hot Springs is surrounded by the Rockies and offers some pretty spectacular views. About a 45-minute drive east of the town of Jasper, these Hot Springs are a must-see, and very easy to get to. Admission is very inexpensive, and group/family rates are available as well. The water is 100% natural mineral water, meaning you’ll get the true Hot Spring experience! Miette usually operates seasonally, from May to October, so plan accordingly! This location also offers change rooms, rentals, a gift shop, and even a small cafe.
Fairmont Hot Springs - Fairmont, BC
Fairmont Hot Springs is Canada’s largest natural mineral Hot Springs, with 1.2 million gallons of water put into the pools daily. There are also 3 pools of varying sizes, a small, large, and diving pool, to suit your needs. The water temperature is naturally heated to 30-39°C, depending on the pool size and depth, so there is something for everyone. These waters are some of the most mineral-rich in BC, so you’ll be able to reap all the benefits. There is a hotel, campground and dining nearby, and the springs are open from 7 am to 9 pm.
Hot Springs are truly a Canadian favourite, and if you have yet to check them out, we highly recommend you do! They really are the perfect relaxation experience. Plus, the kids will love them almost as much as you will!