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“For a release in family” 3 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 #15 of 32 Attractions in Banff
Type: Historic Sites, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Specialty Museums
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Montreal, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
53 attraction reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“For a release in family”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

It is interesting to see natural thermal springs. The Cave is practically identical its being at the beginning of 1900s. After a small walking in a corridor, you arrive at the source of water where a light shaft allows this one to light the place. Outside on the site, you can go up a path leading to a waterfall. A museum completes your visit.

Visited July 2014
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English first
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Lovely walk along the Bow River”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I started from the Banff townsite and walked to the Cave and Basin Historic Site. It was a goergeous day, clear blue skies and about 25 degrees. Couldnt have asked for a better day. There is a 3.00 charge to go into the site but i was just there to walk so i did not see inside the building where the hot springs, pool and cave were. I continued along the path to the Sundance Canyon Trail and took my time enjoying the views which were spectacular. The blue skies and blue green water were just great for photgraphs. Recommend this walk to anyone who lives in the area or is visiting

Visited September 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Not much to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

It's an important site for the Canadians, but There is just not much here. We saw everything in the cave in less than ten minutes. The rest is a brief history lesson

Visited September 2014
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Bethesda, MD
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Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great job of facelifting this attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Very informative and entertaining. Not as crowded as it should have been. Please hurry up and fix the road that leads to this attraction.

Visited September 2014
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Okotoks, Canada
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“Historic site at a nice price!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This is the foundation of the National Parks system in Canada. A hotsprings pool and cave with associated pool (which is not in use, anymore.) The cost was $3.25 per adult to get in. You get to venture into the short cave on a cement path that is wheel chair/stroller accessible. There's an information room with displays and movies across a wide screen, offering an insight into the Parks in the Rockies and the history of the area. There are paths around the area as well, for those who want to go for a stroll to a wetland-type lake.

Visited August 2014
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