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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
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Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums
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Bethesda, MD
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145 reviews 145 reviews
37 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Very informative and entertaining. Not as crowded as it should have been. Please hurry up and fix the road that leads to this attraction.

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Okotoks, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This is the foundation of the National Parks system in Canada. A hotsprings pool and cave with associated pool (which is not in use, anymore.) The cost was $3.25 per adult to get in. You get to venture into the short cave on a cement path that is wheel chair/stroller accessible. There's an information room with displays and movies across... More

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is very interesting with all kinds of viewing areas is you are willing to do some walking...The cave is great !!! You can almost go back in time, use your imagination and have fun :)

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England
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201 reviews 201 reviews
31 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We were staying in Banff and decided to visit the Cave and Basin National Historic site. It was well worth it. My in-laws who have been coming to Banff since 1962 did not even know it existed. If you have a Discovery Park Pass it is free otherwise it costs $3.90. We also did the free tour with a great... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

In Banff, so much around you is spectacular, the Cave and Basin fell a little short for me. The Cave itself is pretty but it was quite crowded and there wasn't much else to do. There are trails around the area but the smell was too off-putting. Worth a quick visit for the history.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Nice spot to visit. Interesting museum with walking trails surrounding the property. Worth a stop if you are in Banff. Enjoy.

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Okotoks, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It's interesting to learn how Banff national park began. Interesting to see ( and smell) the original spring. Don't waste time going here on a sunny day, save it for a rainy day if you need something to do to pass half an hour. Take yr park pass as you then get in free

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Pinellas Park, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Great displays, very informative. Good place for a rainy morning. Nice short hike on the boardwalk nearby, too. Visit the site where Banff was discovered.

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This historic site is much more interesting than it looks from the outside. A 'must do' activity whilst in in Banff.

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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

For admission you can walk into the cave and view the original site where explorers found the hot springs. The old swimming pool with photo gallery of those who experienced a "dip" are still viewable.

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