Heal­ing Hot Springs

Where Canadian Rockies - - HOT SPAS -

Banff Up­per Hot Springs’ (p 61) toasty min­eral wa­ters have al­ways of­fered respite from frigid win­ter days. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, they were also renowned for medic­i­nal ben­e­fits. Newly-cre­ated Banff Na­tional Park was given an eco­nomic boost when physi­cian Dr. R. G. Brett pro­moted the springs as “the Banff cure” for rheuma­tism, gout, dys­pep­sia and di­a­betes. Crutches do­nated by cured pa­tients lined the steps of his Grand View Villa ho­tel. –Afton Aikens

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