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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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A small but beautifully protected site, the cave and the trail adjacent to it a truly magical in my memories from childhood. They are just as wonderful now, decades later. It is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A small but beautifully protected site, the cave and the trail adjacent to it a truly magical in my memories from childhood. They are just as wonderful now, decades later. It is worth walking the trail - carefully! - to look for the very rare snails that live there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Cave and Basin was nothing amazing, but it was something to do. There's a few spots with information that you could read and 1 cave with a horrible rotten egg smell to it. And on the outside there was another area with a natural spring that looked like someone had puked in it off the sides and still smelt of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This site provides a history of the springs and a look at the waterfall and drop pond. There are educational videos and a rebuilt tepee explaining the American natives life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It's so beautiful there. Learning about how our first National Park was founded was very interesting. I was astounded by the natural sulphur springs that form and flow from the mountains and the tiny little snails that feed off its rich plant life. It definitely is a must see

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Made the mistake of walking from town centre, signs do not tell you distance to the attraction. Roughly one mile from town centre. So drive, or there is an hourly bus at weekends. Would like to have done the trail walk but thinking about the walk back to the town put me off this as my knees would not last... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

A reasonable price and provides some real history on the national park. The pool in the cave does smell of sulphur, so is not for those who are adversed to smells. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Went for a visit - lots to read and see. We did the walk to the canyon. We had Eagles circle us - which was cool. The trail had a horse tour happening. The trail is large enough for bikes and people to enjoy. The views were good. I would recommend 3 hours to visit. Long walk but feels good... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We walked up here on a hot day and were a bit disappointed in the actual cave. Glad it was free with your park pass. The cave is a lot smaller than it looks and it absolutely reeks from the sulphur. If we had gone on a busy period it would be very crowded. The exhibitions are quite interesting and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

After being sidelined with a knee injury, I was looking for some more accessible activities to do in the mountains and this is one of them. The interpretive centre explains how the cave and basin were formed and also how Banff became Canada's first national park. The hike up to the basin is pretty nice and accessible for most people.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Just like the Upper Springs, this was another tourist attraction which failed to hit the mark on our adventure in Banff. The hot spring cave would have been a well good attraction if you were actually allowed to swim in it but the snails have taken that over and the rest of the "attraction" is just random bits of Banff... More 

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