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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

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Address: Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Phone Number: 403-762-1566
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A little cave with educational values

Small cave but very educational, if you take the path outside at the back you will come across a building with more educational values, not to far this area was a camps site... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Sturgeon Falls, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

It's a nicely preserved cave and pool, there's a small fee to enter about $3.90. We had a look at the exhibits and the cave and probably spent about 30 to 45 minutes there. We didn't do any of the walking trails. An interesting insight into banffs beginning and the ww2 history.

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Sturgeon Falls, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Small cave but very educational, if you take the path outside at the back you will come across a building with more educational values, not to far this area was a camps site during the war.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

After being closed for numerous year the Cave has reopen. I got to learn about the tiny snails that only live in the Cave. As I child I remembe swimming in the Olympic pool that used the hot springs to warm it. Even though it's not used as a pool any longer the history of the Cave and Banff is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We went just when it opened so there wasn't a queue - it also meant that we could sit on the couple of chairs near the basin and just reflect on beauty and serendipity of just discoveries. The documentary movie was definitely informative, and we enjoyed walking around the complex.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Start your visit to Banff here. The newly refurbished and revamped visitor center here has new displays and a magnificent full wall multi-image presentation which occupies the length of a close to 100' exhibit hall. The presentation really is worth watching and the displays emphasize the Canada experience. There is a lunch room where you can have a casual bite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The birth site of the Banff National Park is a great stop point. There are guided tours and the first cave that Hot springs were discovered in. Interesting history and worth a stop over point. When visiting the cave, you will not miss the smell of sulphur as you visit the cave area.

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Banff National Park, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Great place tells you how Banff was started and you learn a lot about the history of Banff.The walk on the boardwalks are also very nice and tell you about the birds fish ect that are in that are in the area.Do not bother the snails.A must see for sure and not expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This paid attraction provides an understanding of the uniqueness of the Banff area. But even if you don't go in, the outside areas is a nice place to take a stroll. There is a sulfur smell from their hot springs. Visit if you don't mind the smell. Check their web site for their operating hours as it is limited. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We stopped here on our way out of Banff to visit with family. There is a fee, but it's under five dollars for adults, with discounts for seniors, students, and kids. Cave and Basin is the site of the original hot springs in Banff and they've created a nice exhibit describing both scientific and historical points of interest. There are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We walked to Cave and Basin from town and it didn’t take long and we saw a deer on the way back. Enjoyed our visit, very informative. There was a mix of information plaques along with video screens. Yes you can smell the sulphur but it’s OK. Worthwhile spending an hour here to see the birthplace of Banff National Park.... More 

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Address: Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Phone Number: 403-762-1566
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff

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