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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 #14 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums
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Fort Macleod, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It's changed since i was younger but enjoyable all the same. It was smelly but im guessing that was from the sulphur maybe. The staff were kind and helpful, the gift shop was filled with all sorts of things for everyone!

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Winnipeg
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This site was enjoyable, especially the cave, and the marsh walk was lovely. The movie was well-done. Gives a lot of history on Canada's National Parks.

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Toronto
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Loved the look of the building that you enter. The actual cave is fairly small but big enough for you to get the idea. Some people may not like it, but if you like history and how the Banff National Park got established, you will like this. We enjoyed it as well as the pathways around the area with nice... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Loved discovering the Sunshine Canyon. Paved, wide trail most of the way to the canyon along the Bow River was wonderful and the reward of the falls at the canyon was well worth it. We only explored a little bit - there is much more to the trail and there are many options for side-trips. Good for the whole family,... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We were glad we went here. We had an annual park pass so didn't have to pay for the entrance. We enjoyed lifting the horns of different animals and the ladies there were so good in imparting there knowledge. It was enjoyable.

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St Augustine FL
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24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Several guides had identified this as a major sight so I took a chance and was delighted. Wish I could have visited when this was open as a pool. I took the walking tour so I could see the hole that originally accessed the cave. The history of the development was very well presented. I was visiting at the end... More

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Banff, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We hiked around Cave and Basin. Great place is on the way to Sundance Canyon. Really famous for being a starter to Banff. Museum is small but worth a stop. Building is amazing from 30' and had been renovated 2 years ago with amazing stone work!

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Barrie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Not to much to see and the smell is pretty over powering. The guides there are great and are more then willing to answer your questions. There are interesting movies there on the history of the area especially how it became Canada's first national park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was our first visit to the Cave and Basin and we were very impressed with the orientation it gave us to the area and the beginnings of the National Park. The facilities were grand when they were completed nearly a century ago, and they are still wonderful. One thing we learned is that you can see much of what... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It's alright, a bit smelly. It has some natural history behind it and it is home to the endemic Banff snail... but I can't help but urge readers to visit some places further afield. Cave and Basin is really if you have an hour or two to kill. It's viewpoint is spectacular (as is everywhere else) and it's springs are..... More

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