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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 32 attractions in Banff
Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums
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alberta
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Excellent education for the family, the children have remembered this as the "Stinky Museum". The multimedia and interactive displays are awesome!!

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Highworth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Have to mention our friend Susan's baby! We were honoured international guests at the opening night of a very interesting historic exhibition of this newly restored Parks site. V authentic sulphur springs in the Basin! Great cave and fantatsic wide wall video presentation of the history. We loved it.

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Inverell, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Worth a visit but do the guided tour. Our guide was enthusiastic and informative about the cave and basin and surrounding area. It was interesting and I learnt something new.

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Lechlade, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
47 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is one of those places that could be a whole lot better. Parts of it are quite interesting but is just seems to lack something. With so much to see and do in the area I would suggest this is kept on the reserve list or just used to fill a couple of hours on a rainy day!

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Livonia, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I was staying in town and walked from my hotel. Interesting for those who like to see the earth in action. The cave walk is very short but worth the $3.90/per admission. You have to climb stairs to see the outside pools, the cave skylight and snails but it's easy and worth the effort.

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Lots to read and learn about regarding the Sulfur Spring and the Prison Camp. I'm not sure why but I came away with an unimpressed feeling as if they could have done something more for the visitors to help tell the stories but I can't complain about the $3.90 adult entrance fee as what can you do for that amount... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Learned a lot, with good information and displays throughout! We liked seeing the natural hotspring! We spent just over an hour there and covered pretty much everything!

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
32 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Even though this is the original site of the Banff sulphur springs the visitor centre is absolutely soulless and sterile. The actual pool and it's history is a bit interesting but overall not worth the entrance fee even on a rainy day.

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Calgary, Alberta
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

It is hard to believe that it has been 22 years since the pool closed at the Cave and Basin. I have many memories of swimming with the stunning view from there. The other childhood memory that will always be there is the sulphur smell from the cave. It takes a bit of an adjustment but it is worth visiting.... More

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Calgary, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

You get in free with your annual National Park Pass. Recently renovated. Nice place to visit. Good place to learn about park history.

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