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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

311 Cave Ave | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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311 Cave Ave | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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Reviewed 2 days ago

ells of the Canadian Park System with a visit to the cave, historical re enactments and walking trails. New facility.

Thank David A
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had been up on the gondola and were discussing where to visit next when we saw the signs for the Cave and the Basin so decided to stop in. Wow...it was perfect. A delightful mix of interesting history combined with a nature trail. The...More

Thank Gateway1_10
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped here after doing the marsh trail. The building itself is historic and very interesting. The information and history of the cave are fascinating, and the cave itself is amazing. This place is worth a visit.

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 4 days ago

I really enjoyed learning about the history of Canada's National Park System. There are a lot of interactive displays that are fun and interesting. The cave itself is not that interesting. It is small and most of the features were removed before it became a...More

1  Thank cdkhall
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a great place to learn about the history of national parks in Canada. Both the cave and basin are interesting (even if the sulphur smell is strong!). We spent an hour here

Thank Alicia G
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were driving by and decided to stop. We were pleasantly surprised how interesting and informative this place is. We spent over an hour there and so glad we stopped

Thank stanleycamp
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful location to learn about the history of the national parks. Our family particularly enjoyed going into the cave as well as the boardwalk above the centre. Don't miss out on the special exhibit Enemy Aliens, Prisoners of War: Canada’s First World War Internment...More

Thank Christina P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were delightfully surprised at how much there was to see at this site. If you got the 150 Years Free Parks Pass, there is no charge. This was the beginning of Canada's National Parks. The first thing you should do is walk through the...More

Thank Trish W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The history exhibits at Cave and Basin explain how the hot springs (the Cave and Basin) attracted tourists to the Banff area. The trails around the hot springs were well constructed, leading up the hill to a series of trickling springs and also a place...More

Thank CLwriter
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here two days ago because it was rainy and cold out. The woman at the front desk was very helpful and knowledgeable about the history of the park. The museum is really interesting---lots of things to read and look at. We learned a...More

Thank hunter1194
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18 July 2017|
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Response from alovelybunki | Reviewed this property |
You cannot get in the water. It is a museum.
14 June 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
8 May 2017|
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Response from Silvia K | Reviewed this property |
Not more than an hour for the site/museum itself, even with two elders and two kids.