Upper Hot Springs, Banff

Take a soak in the Banff Hot Springs, Alberta, Canada

I’ve never had much of a fashion sense. Most of my clothes are unfit for a blind hobo. Despite this complete ineptitude and disinterest in anything to do with fashion, I knew the moment I laid eyes on that old fashioned bathing suit in the display case at the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs in Alberta, Canada, that I had to have it.

My brother Nicholas, whom I was visiting, was also quick to see the majestic glory of these one-piece, full-body, blue swimsuits. They seemed to have time-traveled from an era where handlebar moustaches ruled and measurements were given in quarts, leagues and furlongs. The idea of renting a bathing suit seemed as sanitary to us as a communal jockstrap, but the chance to don such a wonder in swimwear was too much to pass up.

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Nicholas and I getting awesome at the hot springs.

Forking over two dollars for the swimsuit rentals, Nicholas and I proceeded to the change room and shimmied into them. They were uncomfortably snug around the crotch, leaving little to the imagination. I wondered what the odds were of me catching old-timey syphilis from these old-timey outfits.

As we strolled through the steam emitted from the hot springs we were greeted with startled looks, snickers, and wide berths. Despite the staring and pointing, it was a very relaxing soak. The Rocky Mountain views don’t get much better than Banff, Alberta.

And best of all, to our total surprise and delight, the old-timey suits did not dissolve in the water.

Upper Hot Springs, Banff

Upper Hot Springs, Banff

Before we changed we had a friend run to the car to get the camera so we could commemorate this pinnacle of high fashion. In hindsight, a grown man running into the men’s change room with a digital camera may have caused more heads to turn than did the show Nicholas and I had put on in the springs.

Taking a soak in the Banff hot springs is a great. Taking a soak in the Banff hot springs while wearing old timey bathing suits is awesome.

Adult admission will cost you around $8 and families with two adults and two kids can get in for around $23. Swimsuit rentals go for $2 a piece.

Check out the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs website for more info.

This post was adapted from one of the stories in my book, “Simple(ton) Living: Lessons in balance from life’s absurd moments.”

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Josh is the creative force behind Badge of Awesome, where he noodles and doodles about life and the lessons learned from it. He's the author of Simply Blunderful and creator of The Overcoming Obstacles Toolkit.

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