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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 #16 of 32 attractions in Banff
Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums
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Atlanta, GA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This site is where the Canadian National Park began and is well documented. The cave itself is interesting as are the couple of short hiking trails.

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Edmonton
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The facilities here appear to be fairly new. The site is not huge but we ended up spending a couple hours here. The cave and hot springs are quite amazing to see and the interpretive centre is very informative as well. There is a small area to get snacks and drinks and there is also a viewing area and a... More

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Ascot
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118 reviews 118 reviews
53 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Thought this would simply be killing an hour of time, ended up spending more than 2 hours here. Granted, it's not a big site, but with the cave, basin, exhibits, activity book for under 12s, food, and walk up the boardwalk to the upper basin, it was well worth the money (less than $10 for the family). We did get... More

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My wife found there was a night tour for the cave and basin. What we didn't find out until we got there that this was pretty much for kids. There were a couple actors historically telling their story and answered questions. If you have kids between 6-12 it should be on your list. Book in advance as tickets are limited... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A brilliant portrayal of the beginnings of what made Banff what it is today. The tour is well worth taking and full of information and amazing sights.

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Pittsburgh
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was an interesting educational experience, and you can visit the original sulfur springs in Banff. If you have kids, they have a great activity booklet for the kids to work on as they go through the museum. All the kids were having a blast doing the activities, and it drew their attention to the history of Banff and of... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great place to see how the Canadian national parks got started. Interesting film. Always nice to learn the history of an area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Cool to see the original national park site for Canada. Also neat to see the cave that was first discovered and some interesting facts. Kids were pretty bored but we managed to find just enough to keep them busy! It was inexpensive and only took us about an hour to wander around inside and out.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Apparently this was the start of the national parks. Good value for money. Find it a little grating that the history lesson brushed over the fact that the native people visited the basin for hundreds of years before it was 'discovered' by those who subsequently turned it into a money making venture. The exhibits are interesting and you can stay... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a very interesting place to visit. If you have an annual Park Pass this venue is free entry (June 2014) The car park is very large with plenty of places to park but leaving at the wrong time can be a drag. Essentially the one road in and out is controlled by traffic lights on the Banff Avenue... More

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