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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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$53*
and up
Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
74%
Ranked #9 of 21 Attractions in Banff
Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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Victoria, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Cave & Basin are always a stop on the itinerary for us when in Banff. Very informative and clear presentations through the walking trails, and usually plenty of wildlife to view while doing the short hike.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

It was interesting enough, but seemed to be trying to make a 'big deal' out of a small place. I thought that the best part was the walkway down by the lakes.

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Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Refreshingly cheap for and expensive touristy place like Banff. This was actually a very interesting place , full of heaps of facts about Canadian national park history and hot springs an such. A perfect thing to do on a rainy day to kill some hours in Banff.

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Calgary
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Good value for what you pay. It's free if you have a national park discovery pass. Bring the pass with you from your vehicle (you won't get a ticket on your car while your in this parking lot). It is a quick view and something, after living in Calgary all my life, I thought I should go and see. The... More

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Rigaud, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The Cave and Basin was a nice walk away from the Hotel. It was interesting, but not stunning. The presentations were well-done, and it was nice to be able to send an e-card with your picture on it. It was very informative, and the staff, as everywhere else in Banff, were most pleasant and helpful.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were unable to enter because it was closed when we went. So before you go, you better take a look on the website to inform yourself open on the day you plan to go

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Maple Creek, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I was there years ago...and then visited again in July. what an improvement. lots to see and do and even a place to send a card home with you on it (email). staff is really friendly and super helpful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Went to visit as tourists and was disappointed as we found out after arriving that the centre didn't open till noon. Walked around what we could and the walk was interesting but the stink was awful! Winter probably not best time to visit.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Can't imagine why this would have been a popular place to bathe when it first opened and how a whole tourist industry was built around it. The water absolutely stinks and is nothing much to look at either.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We obtained free entry to this as we had an annual parks pass which allowed us to go into the national parks. It's an interesting backstory, and the Basin is home to an rare snail. We went in the Cave and looked in the Basin and went for a general walk around the area via boardwalks. Something different to do... More

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