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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 October 7, 2016

I was not sure what to expect but loved visiting this place. You learn about the history and see the past and future come together. We took the Marsh loop which had great views but as it was raining the day before, it was very...More

Thank Negin H
Reviewed October 6, 2016

We found it to be very interesting historic site. The views from the upper deck were awesome. The employees who took us on the tour were great performers and added to the visit.

Thank VirginiaGenealogist
Reviewed October 6, 2016

The outside boardwalks and trails offer chances to see unsual flora and fauna due to the effect of the hot springs outflow

Thank sunshineloverl
Reviewed October 4, 2016

My wife and I decided to drop in for a visit. There is quite a lot of parking and a bit of a walk to get into the main facility. There is a great story to take in and one loses him/herself a bit when...More

Thank AndreRTraveller
Reviewed October 4, 2016

you get to see the beginning of the hot springs & how they were discovered & how the national parks of Canada began. very interesting

Thank Wendy T
Reviewed October 4, 2016

It was surreal to visit the cave and basin and definitely worth the visit. The facility provides great detail into the history and it's definitely an attraction that tells such an interesting story. There is much to read, wander through and watch on a screen...More

Thank Vanessa V
Reviewed October 3, 2016

This hot spring gave rise to the Canadian National Park movement. Originally it was a swimming pool and there are interesting exhibits from that era.

Thank Ruth P
Reviewed October 3, 2016

This was a real learning experience. It takes about 1 and a half hours to do the whole thing. Costs $7 per person. There are guided walks, but we choose not to take a tour. Not sure if tour costs extra. You get to see...More

Thank JAWEMYSS3175
Reviewed October 2, 2016

Staff at the Luxton Buffalo Nations Museum recommended the Cave and Basin -- or we probably wouldn't have visited it. There is an entry building, a walk through a low rough-hewn tunnel, and the sulphur spring basin -- with the hole above it. The was...More

Thank jamestF7118EF
Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

If you are into history, this is a must visit as it tells the history of the national park system in Canada. There are two hot springs to view and a boardwalk up the mountain to the start of the spring (no touching or swimming...More

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Is there any age restriction? As I'm age of kids?
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
How long shall it takes to visit the site? we will have 2 elders with 2 young kids.
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.
Meagan L
How much is it to go through for adults?
February 22, 2017|
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Response from kagonz1 | Reviewed this property |
Actually, we got in for free!! Here's a link that speaks to Canada's 150th anniversary for their national parks. We showed the pass at Cave and Basin and were waved through. I should have said that in the review but I... More