Outdoor Hot Pools with Rocky Mountain Views

You melt into space as all tension from your body is released. Above, a blanket of stars dots the night sky, inviting your mind to calm and wander. Majestic mountain ranges frame the heavens and bring you back in, as you reflect on your day discovering the snowy mountain faces similar to these.

There’s nothing quite like recuperating your mind and body with a soothing hot pool soak. Especially so after an invigorating day skiing and riding the slopes at Banff National Park’s best ski resorts. These outdoor hot tubs let you take in our stunning mountain vista views, day and night. Which ones have you been to?

Sunshine Mountain Lodge

A stay at the only ski-in/ski-out accommodation in Banff National Park means you’ll also get to experience the largest outdoor hot pool in Banff National Park! Soak in the serenity as you scope your favourite ski lines for the next day. Several lifts and runs are within clear view from your resting spot of relaxation.

Outdoor hot pool at Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff Sunshine Village, Banff National Park.
Outdoor hot pool at Sunshine Mountain Lodge. Photo by

Hidden Ridge Resort

It helps that this resort is already perched atop Tunnel Mountain, giving it an advantageous vantage point for stunning mountain views. With the natural landscaping style of these two outdoor pools, they blend in seamlessly with the surroundings and make you feel one with the outdoors. Enjoy Bow Valley-wide mountain views from your relaxing soak here.

Mountain views from the outdoor hot pool at Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff, Alberta.
Mountain views from the outdoor hot pool at Hidden Ridge Resort. Photo by @mtnlifephoto (IG).

Mount Royal Hotel

Unwinding at the rooftop hot pools and Cascade Lounge at the newly redesigned Mount Royal Hotel is an experience in itself. Here, you’ll enjoy views of Cascade, Rundle and Sulphur mountains as well as the Sundance Range. Take your relaxation to a new level with a craft cocktail or apres snack, as you cap off your day of adventures in the mountains.

Roof top hot pool at Mount Royal Hotel, Banff, Alberta.
Photo courtesy of Mount Royal Hotel.

Deer Lodge

Both rustic and charming, the historic structure and ambience of Deer Lodge has a unique appeal. But it’s their state-of-the-art rooftop hot pool that offers breathtaking views. Enjoy the grandeur of Victoria Glacier in all her glory, delicately perched above the stunning Lake Louise. You’ll blend in seamlessly with the mountain scenery here.

Views of Victoria Glaier, Lake Louise from rooftop hot pool at Deer Lodge.
Photo courtesy of Deer Lodge.

Banff Upper Hot Springs

A visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs is on the bucket list of many Canadian Rockies visitors, and for good reason. Its history dates way back to the founding of Canada’s first national park, and its thermal waters seasonally fill the pool from deep beneath the Earth’s surface. From the hot pool, enjoy front seat views of the Rundle range, best enjoyed early in the morning. Visit for free with the purchase of a 3+ day SkiBig3 lift ticket! Ikon Pass holders also receive complimentary access – be sure to pick up your tickets at the SkiBig3 Adventure Hub at 119 Banff Avenue before heading up to the hot pool.

Views of Rundle Range from Banff Upper Hot Springs, Banff National Park.
Photo courtesy of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Noel Hendrickson.

The Moose Hotel & Suites

Located right in the heart of downtown Banff, the Moose Hotel is the perfect location to hop in and out of the action as you please. Whether you need a quick pick me up before a night on the town, or a chance to wind down after a day on the mountains, their rooftop hot pools are just the ticket. Open early and open late, this is the perfect place for a soak, checking out the mountain views and warming up by their outdoor firepit.

Rooftop hot pool at the Moose Hotel & Suites, Banff, Alberta.
Photo courtesy of the Moose Hotel & Suites.

Fairmont Banff Springs

This fairytale castle is set amongst a winter wonderland of snow-capped peaks. Take your pick of two stunning views here. One, from Willow Stream spa’s outdoor whirlpool, and the other from the fitness centre’s outdoor heated pool. Both are nothing short of sublime. The different perspectives of the Bow River flanked by Tunnel Mountain and Mt. Rundle are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Outdoor hot pool at Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff National Park.
Photo courtesy of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

CanAlta Lodge

You’ll love the contemporary layout of CanAlta Lodge’s outdoor hot pools and outdoor sauna, located right on Banff Avenue. Two cozy, cedar-lined hot tubs and one plunge pool are sheltered from the elements, with an open-air concept to surround yourself with stunning vistas. With ample seating, an outdoor sauna, and an inviting firepit, it’s easy to spend an afternoon or evening lounging in the fresh mountain air.

Outdoor hot pools and outdoor sauna with views of Cascade Mountain at CanAlta Lodge, Banff, Alberta.
Photo courtesy of CanAlta Lodge.

Emerald Lake Lodge

To truly get away from it all, a stay at Emerald Lake Lodge and a day’s end soak in their outdoor pool is just what the doctor ordered. The lodge is located in neighbouring Yoho National Park and just a short drive from Lake Louise Ski Resort. From their inviting outdoor hot pool, you’ll have the best seat in the house to peruse the intricate mountains guarding the shores of Emerald Lake.

View of Emerald Lake from outdoor hot pool at Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho National Park.
Photo courtesy of Emerald Lake Lodge.

What are you waiting for? Your dream winter vacation to Banff National Park is just moments away. Talk to our Vacation Planners today by calling at 1-844-754-2443 . Or, plan your Canadian Rockies ski vacation online. Great Ski & Stay Packages are available now.

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