Banff Upper Hot Springs

Thermal Waters Pass

Visit Banff Upper Hot Springs and the Cave and Basin National Historic Site for one low price.

The Thermal Waters Pass is your ticket to experience the thermal waters at Banff Upper Hot Spring and learn about a coast to coast network of protected areas at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.


Adult (18-64)


Youth (3-17)


Senior (65+)




Extra youth


Youth only pay admission to Banff Upper Hot Springs. Free admission for youth 17 and under at the Cave and Basin Natural Historic Site.

The Family admission provides savings for four family members (maximum 2 people aged 18 or older) in the following instances:

  • Two adults and two youth
  • One senior, one adult and two youth

Youth 13 and under must be accompanied by a guardian 18 or older when visiting Banff Upper Hot Springs.

Explore the Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave and Basin has been a special place for Indigenous Peoples for over ten thousand years and continues to be today. In 1883, three railway workers happened upon the thermal springs, sparking a series of events that led to the creation of the first national park in Canada. Today, the site is a gathering place for sharing stories about conservation and the connection between people and the land.

Visit year-round for the interpretive exhibits and seasonal activities. View the mysterious cave, and take in the historic architecture of the 1914 Bathing Pavilion. Hike, bike or snowshoe along Sundance Trail, enjoy games and activities on the pool deck, or simply relax with a picnic lunch on the roof-top viewing decks.

Visit the Cave and Basin’s  website for more activities, hours of operation, and additional trip planning information.

Experience Banff Upper Hot Springs

Banff Upper Hot Springs is the highest elevation operational hot spring in Canada. Located 1,500 m above sea level, this is the perfect place to soak in some views.

Grab lunch at the café, take a stroll through the gift shop and rent a historic suit for that perfect selfie to share with your friends and family!

Get more information about the experience on Banff Upper Hot Springs page.

Thermal Waters Pass FAQ

Thermal Waters Pass

Thermal Waters Passes can be purchased at either the Banff Upper Hot Springs or at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Upper Hot Springs are located in close proximity. Travel time varies seasonally, but it is generally a 10-minute drive, a 30 minute bus ride (ROAM Transit Route 1 to Banff Upper Hot Springs, Route 4 to Cave and Basin), or a 1 hour walk.

Parking at Banff Upper Hot Springs is limited. During busy visitation periods transit is the most efficient way to access Banff Upper Hot Springs.

No, you can visit Banff Upper Hot Springs and Cave and Basin National Historic Sites on two different days! Thermal waters passes are redeemable during operating hours within the calendar year of purchase.

Entry is first come, first served. Reservations are not available.

Most visitors spend 1-2 hours at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to explore the exhibits, the cave, and surrounding grounds.

Visitors spend an average of 30 minutes to an hour at Banff Upper Hot Springs. We recommend that guests drink water and take breaks to cool off every 10 minutes while enjoying the pool. A café and gift shop are available on-site.

Yes, Thermal Waters Passes can be purchased by travel trade using a pre-approved voucher. Please contact  for more information.