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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
403-762-1566
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Ranked #14 of 33 Attractions in Banff
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Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums
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Saskatoon, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The internment camp museum on the same site opened last year and is a great addition, since Ukrainian people were held here in WW1 and did a lot of the work on site. It is an eye opener, most people don't know about that.

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Fremont, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The road to this site is torn up now, and you may be stopped for traffic control purposes. Its worth the drive to see photos of the historic site, the cave, and to walk around the meadow trails.

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Watlington, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

After going and swimming in the hot springs bath we decided we should visit the Cave and Basins too. Th price to get in was cheap and the cave itself with the hot spring in was a sight. Although the smell of sulphur made you not want to stay in there too long.

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Wellingborough
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29 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Very different to usual hot springs, nice to see where it all started and especially like fact original first nations site. Easy to access knowledgeable staff.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I think this is also known as "Edith's Cavell", and it affords a unique hike into rocky canyons'; with a fast moving river going through it, and many waterfalls along the trail. A very beautiful area, and not to be missed!

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Banff, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

While most will review this based on the fact that this is the birth place of the National Park systems in Canada. I am going to review it simple for it beauty. I love this place as it relaxing and majority of people will rush through this site not taking the time to relax in the smell and atmosphere of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

As Canadians we really enjoyed this site. It gave a good history of the start of our national parks and we're really happy our federal government made it available for all to enjoy. The cave & the pool above were, of course, odorous, but we can understand how it was used for healing purposes.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

the cave and basin site chronicles the formation of the canada parks system. the interpretive center is a treasure trove of information on the steps taken by far seeing canadians in establishing the amazing parks system.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It is interesting to see natural thermal springs. The Cave is practically identical its being at the beginning of 1900s. After a small walking in a corridor, you arrive at the source of water where a light shaft allows this one to light the place. Outside on the site, you can go up a path leading to a waterfall. A... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I started from the Banff townsite and walked to the Cave and Basin Historic Site. It was a goergeous day, clear blue skies and about 25 degrees. Couldnt have asked for a better day. There is a 3.00 charge to go into the site but i was just there to walk so i did not see inside the building where... More

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