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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a great spot to learn about the past and the importance of the hot springs on the Banff area. Free admission in 2017!

Thank Patricia108
Reviewed yesterday

We had some time to spare while we waited for our gondola "appointment", so we headed to the Cave. It was interesting to see -and smell- the sulfur water. There's a few rooms with historical information which was pretty interesting. The restrooms were very clean....More

Thank lilio74
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's a brief intro to the history of Banff. Not much to see or do unless you are a kid. If you've seen one hot spring you've seen them all

Thank Hugzandtugz
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited cave and basin with an eye towards the history of the region and the national parks. The historic cave/pools are interesting but we actually enjoyed the natural areas a bit more. There is a lower walk area that follows along the paths of...More

Thank LSQRD1
Reviewed 5 days ago

You will do a great deal of walking, but the sites are interesting. There are friendly people enthuastic about helping and sharing their knowledge. Beautiful location.

1  Thank Ray M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting historic site, but not too much to see, can be done in a quick visit. Not sure how much they charge normally (entrance was free due to Canada 150) but it it no more than a cave with water inside and a small exhibit...More

1  Thank Natália M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Viewdecks and boardwalks offer great stunning views! Visit inside the cave and basin is a bit of a challenge for a claustrophobic like me. What made our visit fun is the surprise visit of 3 elks close to the entrance! Close encounter when they walked...More

Thank CAQuindoza
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second visit here. This time we were part of a tour group. They seem to have more outdoor displays this time. It does not take long to see what they have.

Thank Sharon Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to go to Cave & Basin as a break from the sun, and we were both very happy that we did. I am a tourism management postgraduate, having specialised in attractions I was very intrigued to visit Cave & Basin. It was highly...More

1  Thank ebrillwen1
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have a super tight schedule in Banff, skip it. But if you have the time, walk from town (about a mile) and make a morning of it. The cave is neat, yes it smells like sulfur, it's a natural hot spring. I particularly...More

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July 17, 2017|
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Response from alovelybunki | Reviewed this property |
You cannot get in the water. It is a museum.
June 13, 2017|
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Response from D M | Reviewed this property |
Not only is there no age restriction, bt the sulphur smell will give you fart jokes for days!!!
Annette L
May 8, 2017|
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Response from sheila b | Reviewed this property |
That depends on what you want to do. The museum part takes about an hour going slowly. The trail takes a good 2 hours going at a brisk pace.