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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Address: Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Phone Number: 403-762-1566
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Ranked #15 of 33 Attractions in Banff
Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Canmore, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We took my parents there during the Christmas holidays. We are from the area and have never been there. We are glad they re opened the cave and basins. Very interesting and educational history on the National Park. Extremely reasonable admission price for the Banff area. The cave and basin was beautiful and was worth going to see. It was... More 

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alberta,canada
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98 reviews 98 reviews
12 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Neat to visit a bit of our history with the kids. Very reasonable price to get in. This place is stroller friendly which is great to not have to pack little ones in your arms. My 7 year old loved the outdoor area where the pool used to be, we visited in Jan. and they had a mini ice castle... More 

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Wellesley Island
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Fun and reasonably priced attraction for the whole family. Great interpretation of local history. Interactive exhibits that will engage all ages.

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Red Deer, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We visited in the summer, we enjoyed the walk on the grounds. Lots to see. The cave it's self is just amazing.

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It's a very cool place to learn about the early days of Banff National Park and the snowshoeing was lots of fun.

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North Battleford, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

A short walk up to a great historical site at a reasonable family cost. Free with a park pass. Open long hours so that you can enjoy the high density polymer skating rink. They also offered hot chocolate for the evening skaters. The gift shoppe is filled with a great variety of reasonable priced souvenirs.

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Calgary
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

It was better than I expected. If you show your Parks Canada annual park pass there's no cost, otherwise it's only a couple of bucks anyway. Well worth the time. After the cave itself take time to explore and enjoy the history behind it all. It was very interesting and well presented that even our younger children were kept in... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

A very informative exhibition on the birth of the national parks in Canada, a lot of nice trails around.

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Vernon, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

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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168 reviews 168 reviews
86 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

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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