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“Overrated visitor centre not worth the entrance fee”

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
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Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Overrated visitor centre not worth the entrance fee”
Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

Even though this is the original site of the Banff sulphur springs the visitor centre is absolutely soulless and sterile. The actual pool and it's history is a bit interesting but overall not worth the entrance fee even on a rainy day.

Visited July 2013
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Calgary, Alberta
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“A Flood of Memories and History.”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

It is hard to believe that it has been 22 years since the pool closed at the Cave and Basin. I have many memories of swimming with the stunning view from there. The other childhood memory that will always be there is the sulphur smell from the cave. It takes a bit of an adjustment but it is worth visiting. Canada's National Parks started here and it is a great look at history.

Now if they could just update the movie that features "modern day Banff" with a marquee for Superman 2.

Inexpensive and with some nice paths to walk in the spring it is worth going whether a first time visitor or someone who has memories of previous visits.

Visited February 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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181 reviews
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“Banff - Where it all started”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

You get in free with your annual National Park Pass. Recently renovated. Nice place to visit. Good place to learn about park history.

Visited October 2013
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calgary
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55 reviews
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“give some time to explore and learn”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

will be coming back in the summer to check out the trails and more time in the museum to learn some more on the hsitory. very nice setup they have there!

Visited January 2014
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Red Deer, Canada
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“Hidden Gem!”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

I feel that this site needs to be advertised more because it really is a hidden gem. A great interpretative centre showcasing the great history of Banff and the National Parks. You read about the history (small admission fee), get to walk into the cave, and the story hall is real nice. Great videos and sound, interactive displays. Luckily to have been there for the avalanche presentation.

You must go. It was a real treat!

Visited January 2014
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Thank Travis K
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