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“Worth the time and admission fee” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cave and Basin National Historic Site

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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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
Ranked #15 of 34 Attractions in Banff
Type: Historic sites, Hot springs & geysers, Specialty museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Worth the time and admission fee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012 via mobile

We love Cave and Basin. We have gone there twice. There is a lot of interesting history and nice trails to the open sulphur springs. Beautiful scenery.

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Chestermere
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“original hot spring pool”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

interesting but no longer in use, has to do with endanged snails

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Bewdley, United Kingdom
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“It's a cave with a hot spring in it...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

The name sort of tells you all you need to know, Its a cave with a thermal spring that is collected in a small pool. There are plenty of other things to do in banff so don't waste your time.

Visited October 2011
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Chandler, Arizona
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

So, from what I had read this was a hot spring like Banff Upper Hot Springs and that wasn't the case at all. It is a museum. Apparently they found a rare and pre-historic snail living in this hot spring that hasn't been seen since the 1920's. The immediately closed the pools to the public and it became a museum. Yes if you want to go for history's sake. If you are looking for a hot spring, then no.

Visited May 2011
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Red Deer, Canada
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“I was glad I finally went”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

Living in Alberta we sometimes miss what's right in front of us. This is a historical site relating the story of how the Banff Hot Springs were discovered and later turned into a national park. It was cool to see the Cave inside, but most of the fun for me was outside. There's a boardwalk that climbs up at the spring, where you get to see (and smell) the natural state of things. and of course the views from there are beautiful.

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