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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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$47*
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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Found this a very interesting place to visit and we go every time we're in Banff. Just a 20 minute walk or so from the town. We decided to visit on a Sunday but didn't think to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Found this a very interesting place to visit and we go every time we're in Banff. Just a 20 minute walk or so from the town. We decided to visit on a Sunday but didn't think to check the opening times - like the UK they open shorter hours on Sundays.

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Bowser, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is where Parks Canada originated from. Sulfur springs here-smelly but you get use to it. A short interesting place to go and see and very inexpensive.

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Annapolis MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Located at 311 Cave Avenue, the Cave and Basin are opened in the Winter from noon to 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Even though the shop and the Entrance Building were closed, I was still able to take the boardwalk trail up the mountain, passing by the steamy waters pooling at plateaus in the rocks. This is the birthplace of... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Loved the cave and the history of the springs, but didn't like the interpretive center that showed wildlife and scenery from all over Canada. It's Banff and should be about Banff National Park only. The walkways that wind up the hill are beautiful, and make for some stunning views and pictures of the mountains.

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Lots of interesting facts and displays regarding the birthplace of Canada's National Parks. The highlight has to be the cave. Unfortunately you are no longer allowed to touch the water. The reason is to protect the Banff Springs snail. Also, after the recent renovation they removed the old pool. I can understand why they made the decision, but hopefully one... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This place was fantastic. We went in off season so some of it was closed but we still managed to spend two enjoyable hours. The wetlands trail was beautiful. The cave was awesome (bad smell warning though). It was very educational and fun.

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Durrington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Only a small site but worth a walk around. Ideal if, like us, you have someone unable to walk too far. some fabulous photos in the exhibition area.

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Calgary
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I grew up swimming there as a kid about 200 yds up from the original cave and basin tourist site when it was abandoned in 1975!! Now they want (I think) $5 bucks to go look at the old hole and it used to be open and just sitting there .... as far as touristy things to go see, yes,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

First of all, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site is a very interesting place to visit but your trip will be enhanced if you inform yourself beforehand. The entrance fee of around $7 is free if you have a Parks pass, which can be obtained if you hire a car. A party of 7 can enter free of charge.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Newly multiple millions renovation completed. A historical site. If you are annual park holder, you can get in free and enjoy the free guided tour. Check the opening hour before you go. Do not miss the short trails around the site. The scenery is also breath taking.

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