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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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It was fun to see the caves, but reading about the history was more interesting to the adults. Kids would rather have a guide.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada

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Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It was fun to see the caves, but reading about the history was more interesting to the adults. Kids would rather have a guide.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

An important site because it lead to the formation of Canada's first National Park, Banff NP. The old hot springs building has been extensively refurbished and the old pool is now filled in (safety reasons). But you can hike up the hill and see the source of the hot spring, as it cascades down the hill into the cave. When... More 

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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We visited the Caves while in Banff and thoroughly enjoyed this day. We were there for around 2 hours. There is an interesting film to watch about the history of the area. We then viewed the cave and hot springs. There is a nice boardwalk above the springs sigh great views. I would recommend this place for a visit. If... More 

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A nice historic place to visit and a pleasant not too crowded visit. Not allowed to touch the actual water in the original pool, but I did and it was actually cold. Not sure how that makes it a hot springs.

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Solihull, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We are so used to the conveniences of hot water, bathing, swimming pools etc. that I found it interesting to look back to a time when this was not the case and people would travel miles to bathe in hot water or to socialise around a warm pool. It is not an expensive attraction and if you then take the... More 

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College Station, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We visited on a rainy morning and found the museum portion interesting and informative but the cave itself a letdown. I was expecting a real cave and it's just an alcove. We learned a lot about geology and area wildlife and also about the WWII internment camp, which we did not know existed. We also hiked the outdoor boardwalks and... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The location provides for a decent walk out from town and the wet land board walk has some excellent opportunities for bird watching. The basin itself was small, of some interest and stank of rotten eggs. The story of its discovery was interesting and demonstrated the First Nation tribes lost this spiritual place to invading white men. Worth a visit... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We read about the Cave and Basin and were excited to see it because it made the hot springs and thermal features sound cool. But having been to Yellowstone, the hot spring does not remotely compare. We knew it would be small, but it was an enormous let-down. The pool had been bricked over with pavers which was a shame.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Worth visiting for knowing more about the start of the national parks, and to see the cave and basin themselves. Entry charge is minimal so you can't say it is bad value. Staff friendly and informative and exhibits on internment camps very interesting. But the site was ultimately a disappointment. Some building works still going on, but the worst things... More 

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Rimbey, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The last time I was here was as a child. I remembered swimming in the pool and remembered how neat it was with all of the arches surrounding the pool. To see it now was a huge big let-down. The once big pool has been filled in and covered with paving stones. The museum inside was totally boring and I... More 

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