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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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Interesting ecosystem

We enjoyed wandering the area boardwalks and seeing how the ecosystem is unique due to the warm waters of the spring. The actual museum is small but interesting from a historical... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed wandering the area boardwalks and seeing how the ecosystem is unique due to the warm waters of the spring. The actual museum is small but interesting from a historical standpoint.

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Thank Sharon R
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Some of the most stunning views from here, very informative 'Story room', an historic cave and basin with a natural pool of warm spring water....but in the winter.... that's it.... We walked from the other end of town (Rundlestone Lodge, Banff), stopping on the way for coffee and cake, arrived at the Cave and Basin shortly before lunch to discover... More 

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Thank Mark L
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited on a day the cave and museum were closed (it's open 11am - 5pm Wednesday - Sunday), but still enjoyed our visit. You can walk along the discovery trail, and marsh board walk at any time, which both have information along the way taking you through the story of how it was discovered and the unique environment the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was closed even during peak period... We walked around with little information as to what the attraction was... Smelt awful!! Which is unavoidable. Musium was boring, and unegaging.

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Thank Amie-Rose S
Toronto
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While the actual Cave and Basin site was closed the day I was there, the trails were open and I found the Marsh Trail to be very interesting. If you are a nature lover, you will be fascinated by the unique eco-system created by the run-off from the hot springs. I saw minnows in January. It's an easy train, although... More 

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Thank Sarah M
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked through the snow to get to the cave and basin. So worth it and met up with great Canadians, passionate about their country and more than willing to share historic information about the area at no extra charge. Lovely little self arranged excursion.

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Thank Cas W
Banff National Park, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Followed the Bow river trail to the cave and basin great walk, nice bit of history, take a clothes peg for your nose or blame the smell on your other half's eating habits ( sulphur springs smell a bit eggy) and walk on the frozen river

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Thank chris19662016
Banff, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would recommend this as a rainy day activity or anyone interested in the history of the park. I found it interesting to learn about the birth place of the park, and the "spa" history of the location. Another interesting feature is the tiny endangered creatures sheltered in the basins. One of the more subdued treasures of the Rockies.

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Thank AmandaB_Trvl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

visitied the cave and basin national historic site in june 2015. overall it was well worth it and enjoyed visiting the site for the couples dollar per person it costs. you will notice quite the odour of sulphur in the cave but that's normal. the site itself isn't terribly exciting but a nice little side trip well worth the time... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have some extra time its a nice stop to get a history of the park and info on other national parks in Canada. We also took a walk on the nature trails with a view of the marsh. I wouldn't make a special trip to get there though.

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