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5 Must-Visit Hot Springs Across Canada and Around the World

Take the plunge into nature’s own hot tubs

The side of a snow-covered mountain with hot spring pools on it, filled with crystal clear water, In the distance are green hills covered in trees.

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Cold outside? All the more reason to luxuriate in some warm mineral-laced waters. Take the plunge into these five remarkable hot springs in Canada and around the world.

Liard River Hot Springs, B.C.

The second-largest natural hot springs in Canada are just off the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia. This hot pool, which ranges in temperature from 420° C to 520C, is surrounded by a frosty white boreal forest. A boardwalk leads to the pool, passing through a warm-water swamp that supports diverse plants and local wildlife.

Banff Upper Hot Springs, Alberta

Canada’s most historic and highest elevation hot springs offer healing mineral-rich geothermal waters that come with splendid views of Bow Valley and Mount Rundle. The bathhouse onsite is a federal heritage building with descriptive signage highlighting the history of these iconic springs.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The bright milky blue of Iceland’s renowned Blue Lagoon contrasts with the stark black volcanic landscape in Grindavík, about 45 minutes from Reykjavík. Steam rises from the 370° C–400° C blend of heated saltwater and freshwater—a mineral-rich by-product of the nearby geothermal power plant.

Pamukkale, Türkiye

Known for its brilliant white travertine marble pools brimming with striking blue thermal waters, Pamukkale (Turkish for “cotton castle”) is one of the country’s most popular destinations. The barefoot-only terraced pools are a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Cleopatra’s Pool, a.k.a. the Antique Pool, you’ll find Doric columns that tumbled into the water as a result of an earthquake in the 7th century. Allegedly, this is where Cleopatra liked to take a relaxing dip.

Aqua Dome Spa, Austria

It’s all about Alpine wellness at the futuristic Aqua Dome Spa, about an hour’s drive from Innsbruck. The site features 12 thermal baths and seven saunas with a full relaxation menu underneath a crystal-faceted glass dome, and, outdoors, spectacular views of the Ötztal Alps. There’s a kid-friendly area with a waterfall and water slides.

Take the plunge.

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