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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 #15 of 34 Attractions in Banff
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Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums
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perth
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

transpose yourself into the culture of the inhabitants of the past. Another touch of history that helps us to understand the human race and its practises.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Not really a fan of this type of venue, but this was pretty cool. Nice to be able to se the origins of the national park system and learn a litle about it. Interesting displays without being too wordy and boring. the film upstairs is intersting and a great place to grab a coffee and relax. Granted it was October... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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49 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This was a welcome surprise. I am of Ukrainian descent and knew nothing of what happened to my fellow Ukrainians in WW1. The exhibit is well laid out, easy to follow and educational. It is only a few steps on a paved road just behind the entrance to the museum. It is no charge.

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Saint John, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The cost is only $3.50/adult and well worth the time to listen to the history of this place. The sulphur smell is strong in some areas of the cave but that is part of the experience. Well worth the small fee. We really enjoyed it.

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Neston, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

It's an interesting site which is a short 10/15 minute walk out of the town centre. The site is of interest, but we were frustrated by repeatedly missing the film presentation. However walking in and around the site were interesting.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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58 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This place is steeped in history, and the stone building itself is beautiful. A visit to the cave is a must, where's you'll see the water cascading down the rocks. Spend at least an hour here, to take in the great displays and videos, and walk around the buildings.

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Staines, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This hadn't been on our list of places to visit but with the snow we had some spare time and thought we'd check it out. Turned out to be a great way to fill a couple of hours learning about the birth of the national park and the hot springs. The cave was nice to see and there was a... More

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Larchmont, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I appreciate the historical significance of this site, and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but there is just not much to see here. The "cave" is about as long as my living room, and the basin is pretty but not even remotely spectacular. My wife and I went here when it was raining and it was a... More

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Lagos, Nigeria
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I visited Banff with my daughter last year and it was a most memorable experience for me. From the majestic Rockies to the clear rivers and gorges, it was one jaw-dropping site after another. I recommend spending at least a weekend in order to cover most of the attractions. It was a totally unforgettable experience. Banff is definitely worth visiting... More

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Boyertown, PA
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Couldn't get in because our park pass was (as instructed) displayed on our car's mirror and due to construction, we had to walk a mile or more from the parking area to the site. We could have made an additional trip back--but 4 miles of walking (plus) was a bit too much for us.

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