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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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Portland, Oregon
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

the cave and basin site chronicles the formation of the canada parks system. the interpretive center is a treasure trove of information on the steps taken by far seeing canadians in establishing the amazing parks system.

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Montreal, Canada
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53 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

It is interesting to see natural thermal springs. The Cave is practically identical its being at the beginning of 1900s. After a small walking in a corridor, you arrive at the source of water where a light shaft allows this one to light the place. Outside on the site, you can go up a path leading to a waterfall. A... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I started from the Banff townsite and walked to the Cave and Basin Historic Site. It was a goergeous day, clear blue skies and about 25 degrees. Couldnt have asked for a better day. There is a 3.00 charge to go into the site but i was just there to walk so i did not see inside the building where... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

It's an important site for the Canadians, but There is just not much here. We saw everything in the cave in less than ten minutes. The rest is a brief history lesson

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Bethesda, MD
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146 reviews 146 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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202 reviews 202 reviews
32 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

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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