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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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Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
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Ranked #9 of 22 Attractions in Banff
Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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Vernon, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The cave and basin was set up with many mock-ups of the day, for instance, they had many pictures and a real swim suit of the day on a statue. All the displays and pictures made it an interesting place to visit. Also included was the actual pool where the people used to swim back in the early days! The... More 

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Witney, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
47 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

As long as you are reasonably mobile you can access this historic site along the boardwalk trails. There are quite a few interpretation boards, as well as great views across the area to the mountains beyond. It is also quite easily accessible from Banff.

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

If you love nature and history, you will find the Cave and Basin an interesting place to be. It does have the sulfur smell which resembles rotten eggs, but after a while you will get used to it. It also tells the history of the area and how the cave and basin was discovered. My husband and I enjoyed the... More 

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Cochrane, Alberta
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Love the Cave and Basin. It's a must if your visiting Banff the history of the park and surrounding area is top notch and you are able to hike up behind to some of the most beautiful sceneries.

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Burnt Church, New Brunswick, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Was very interesting and beautiful but if you have a week stomach the smell might be a little to much. smelled like rotten eggs .But if you plug your nose in the cave ,the view is extraordinary.

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Victoria, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Cave & Basin are always a stop on the itinerary for us when in Banff. Very informative and clear presentations through the walking trails, and usually plenty of wildlife to view while doing the short hike.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

It was interesting enough, but seemed to be trying to make a 'big deal' out of a small place. I thought that the best part was the walkway down by the lakes.

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Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Refreshingly cheap for and expensive touristy place like Banff. This was actually a very interesting place , full of heaps of facts about Canadian national park history and hot springs an such. A perfect thing to do on a rainy day to kill some hours in Banff.

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Calgary
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Good value for what you pay. It's free if you have a national park discovery pass. Bring the pass with you from your vehicle (you won't get a ticket on your car while your in this parking lot). It is a quick view and something, after living in Calgary all my life, I thought I should go and see. The... More 

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Rigaud, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The Cave and Basin was a nice walk away from the Hotel. It was interesting, but not stunning. The presentations were well-done, and it was nice to be able to send an e-card with your picture on it. It was very informative, and the staff, as everywhere else in Banff, were most pleasant and helpful.

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