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Middle Springs

Location: Banff National Park, Banff Townsite, along Tunnel Mountain Drive, AB, Canada, UTM: 11U 599619 E / 5668834 N

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Topographic Map: 82o04 Banff

Description: Historically, Middle Springs represented the only natural hot spring left in the Banff area. Locals could follow a short trail, crawl into a small cave, and enjoy a warm natural bath. Unfortunately, the word got out, and the springs became a local party spot. Due to high bacteria levels in the springs, they are now closed. There are actually three small springs making up the middle springs. The main spring issues from within a small cave, and the temperature averages 34.5ºC (94.1ºF). Historically, water was piped from these springs to the sanitarium and hospital originally located on the site of the today’s Banff Park administration building.

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