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“Interesting and easy” 4 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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Ranked #16 of 32 Attractions in Banff
Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums
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Livonia, Michigan
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“Interesting and easy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I was staying in town and walked from my hotel. Interesting for those who like to see the earth in action. The cave walk is very short but worth the $3.90/per admission. You have to climb stairs to see the outside pools, the cave skylight and snails but it's easy and worth the effort.

Visited March 2014
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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“Interesting but ......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Lots to read and learn about regarding the Sulfur Spring and the Prison Camp.
I'm not sure why but I came away with an unimpressed feeling as if they could have done something more for the visitors to help tell the stories but I can't complain about the $3.90 adult entrance fee as what can you do for that amount now a days.

I think kids would be extremely bored with this attraction.

Visited March 2014
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Very neat!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Learned a lot, with good information and displays throughout! We liked seeing the natural hotspring! We spent just over an hour there and covered pretty much everything!

Visited July 2013
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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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“Overrated visitor centre not worth the entrance fee”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Even though this is the original site of the Banff sulphur springs the visitor centre is absolutely soulless and sterile. The actual pool and it's history is a bit interesting but overall not worth the entrance fee even on a rainy day.

Visited July 2013
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Calgary, Alberta
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“A Flood of Memories and History.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

It is hard to believe that it has been 22 years since the pool closed at the Cave and Basin. I have many memories of swimming with the stunning view from there. The other childhood memory that will always be there is the sulphur smell from the cave. It takes a bit of an adjustment but it is worth visiting. Canada's National Parks started here and it is a great look at history.

Now if they could just update the movie that features "modern day Banff" with a marquee for Superman 2.

Inexpensive and with some nice paths to walk in the spring it is worth going whether a first time visitor or someone who has memories of previous visits.

Visited February 2014
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