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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

1,544 Reviews

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

1,544 Reviews
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311 Cave Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0 Canada
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kristaboone wrote a review Yesterday
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Due to Covid-19 restrictions everything was closed, that wasn't the most amazing part. It was dead, no one else there at all the whole place to us to explore. It was an amazing experience, the smell was a little repulsive but worth it. Looking forward to being able to check it out again in summer.
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Date of experience: January 2021
ScubaNut099 wrote a review Dec 2020
Edmonton, Canada161 contributions46 helpful votes
This attraction is essentially split between the facilities themselves and the hiking trails around the area. Very interesting information is displayed regarding the history of the Cave & Basin. The hiking trails around the area are very easy to navigate. Some stairs on a few of the trails. As with most hikes in the Banff area, the views of the mountains are always majestic in the background. And yes, the water does have its identifiable sulfur (rotten egg) smell. It was not overpowering however and was only near the water itself. You could spend a couple hours around here with the hikes and educations displays. One trail has a duck blind at one end for viewing.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Jim G wrote a review Oct 2020
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This is a very interesting place to visit. Lots of information and some of the hot pools on display. Good hiking trails along the river and elsewhere nearby.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Doug L wrote a review Sep 2020
Calgary, Canada17 contributions3 helpful votes
Staff were very pleasant and helpful. Nice walk on a warmer day. Lots of exhibits to view. Not far from downtown Banff.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Belledee S wrote a review Sep 2020
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Save your $8.00 admission! Inside the building you are indoctrinated on Climate Change. The supposed documentary film again was not on the Cave but again on Climate Change! We did not learn anything about the historical site inside. Covid is pushed by over staff watching your every move! Outside is free. The Interpretive signage is free to read and where you will actually learn and see anything noteworthy on the Caves.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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