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“Entertaining guide” 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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Sopchoppy, Florida
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“Entertaining guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Worth the time to take the tour. Was interesting to see how it all got started. The only problem was the road construction going to the site.

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Haddon Heights, New Jersey
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16 attraction reviews
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“Peak Tourist Season and closed at 5 p.m.?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Seriously? The Canadian Rockies draws 8 million visitors and a main attraction in the area closes at 5?

We arrived after driving from Jasper to Banff, at 5:01 p.m. Site is closed. We could walk around the outside, and it was no big deal--the destination is on the inside...behind locked doors.

Considering traffic in Banff and the horrendous road construction leading to Cave & Basin, we never did go back during regular business hours. Too much of a hassle.

Visited August 2014
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Atlanta, GA
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“Good Historical site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This site is where the Canadian National Park began and is well documented. The cave itself is interesting as are the couple of short hiking trails.

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Edmonton
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“Fun to think about the first to discover this.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The facilities here appear to be fairly new. The site is not huge but we ended up spending a couple hours here. The cave and hot springs are quite amazing to see and the interpretive centre is very informative as well. There is a small area to get snacks and drinks and there is also a viewing area and a small area dedicated to way things were back in the day of the discovery.

If you have an annual park pass, the admission is complimentary. Good way to leverage your pass.

Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

Visited August 2014
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Ascot
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“Better than expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Thought this would simply be killing an hour of time, ended up spending more than 2 hours here. Granted, it's not a big site, but with the cave, basin, exhibits, activity book for under 12s, food, and walk up the boardwalk to the upper basin, it was well worth the money (less than $10 for the family).

We did get mobbed trying to get out of the (very small!) cave when a busload arrived.

The hyped snails were interesting, though most people, ourselves included, had to ask for help spotting them, and without the zoom on the camera would have struggled to pick out the detail.

Definite sulphurous smell across the site, don't go if that makes you woozy!

Visited August 2014
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