Miette Hot Springs
From Jasper, it’s 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the park’s eastern boundary along Highway 16, following the Athabasca River the entire way. A side road 43 kilometers (27 miles) from town leads 18 kilometers (11 miles) to Miette Hot Springs (780/866-3939, mid-May–mid-Oct. 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m., extended to 8:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. in summer, adult $6.25, senior and child $5.25), the warmest springs in the Canadian Rockies.
In 1910, a packhorse trail was built up the valley and the government constructed a bathhouse. The original hand-hewn log structure was replaced in the 1930s with pools that remained in use until new facilities were built in 1985. Water that flows into the pools is artificially cooled from 54°C (128°F) to a soothing 39°C (100°F). A newer addition to the complex is a cool plunge pool.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition