Swimming

Cascade PondsJohnson Lake

Located off the Lake Minnewanka Loop Road (turn right at the Banff Avenue exit off the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 1). Johnson Lake is within Banff National Park. The Johnson Lake recreation area includes:

  • hiking trails
  • rope swing
  • fishing
  • public washrooms (outhouses)
  • picnic tables
  • sandy beach area
  • parking

Johnson Lake can be closed at certain points due to restoration work. Check Parks Canada's Important Bulletins before heading out.

Cascade Ponds

Also located off the Minnewanka Loop, Cascade Ponds has nearby picnic tables, fire pits, and public bathrooms.

Swimming in lakes is unsupervised, so visitors swim at their own risk. Most other lakes in Banff National Park are glacier-fed, and are usually too cold for swimming.

Banff Upper Hot Springs

Mineral hot springs and spa facilities operated by Parks Canada. Open year-round.

Sally Borden Fitness Centre

Public swimming is available at the Sally Borden Fitness Centre, located at the Banff Centre. The Town of Banff sponsors a free public swim the last Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 p.m.