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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

311 Cave Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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311 Cave Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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"snails"
in 105 reviews
"hot springs"
in 169 reviews
"canada's national parks"
in 32 reviews
"rotten eggs"
in 20 reviews
"internment camps"
in 15 reviews
"discovery pass"
in 23 reviews
"guided tour"
in 22 reviews
"parks pass"
in 24 reviews
"free entry"
in 14 reviews
"interesting history"
in 31 reviews
"sulphur smell"
in 16 reviews
"canadian history"
in 13 reviews
"interesting place"
in 17 reviews
"interactive displays"
in 15 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 16 reviews
"rainy day"
in 23 reviews
"swimming pool"
in 17 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

Really well presented site with knowledgeable folks around to answer questions. On the day we went there was lots of interactive stiff for all ages as well. Enjoyed the cave and baths plus the boardwalk as well A good afternoons visit

Thank Mike S
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Reviewed yesterday

Our first stop in Banff was at Cave and Basin. There were excellent displays describing the beginning of the Canadian National Park Service. It was interesting seeing the cave and surrounding area. Nice view of the mountains, and picnic tables for lunch or snacks. If...More

Thank wlf
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Reviewed 2 days ago

seems like a must do in Banff , but nothing would have happened had i missed it many people there but no guidance of how to see it and were to go

Thank toroboy
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a great little side trip offering a way out of a brief shower. The Cave holds the hot spring from which sprang the national park. There is a little museum to contextualize the spring to be followed by a short walk through a...More

1  Thank Thomas H
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I are in Banff for a weekend getaway and wanted to check out a site that wasn't a crazy hike. Cave and Basin Historic Site is a great easy stop. Lots of trails around too if you are up for it but...More

Thank Alison G
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The cave and basin is pretty cool to be able to walk through the man made tunnel to the site. The cave was discovered I believe by railroad workers working on the Canadian RR years and years ago. They saw steam coming from the Mt...More

Thank donih
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a little time to kill before leaving Banff. Took our 4 year old and 6 year old to see the Cave. Not sure how much time can be spent but we were there for an hour or two and it was a nice...More

Thank mhighman
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely something I could have skipped. Not much to see and there are way better options if you're looking for pretty views and things to do.

Thank saraolson1227
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review. We're sorry you didn't enjoy your experience. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for us of how we could have improved your visit. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A well designed and very informative presentation of this Cave and Basin (mineral springs). The video Hall was amazing. A guided tour outside completed our visit.

Thank karenschaffner10
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your excellent review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the site (the video and the tour specifically). Hope to see you back again soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were disappointed in this attraction. We didn't have to pay a lot to enter, but after touring the attraction we felt we paid too much. There is a cool hot spring with some beautiful colors; however, if you have ever been to Yellowstone then...More

Thank rosenc1c
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review and we're sorry you didn't enjoy the site. What we lack in size, we make up for in historic significance. We do recommend taking one of our tours (included in your site entry) to get a better understanding of what makes...More

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Lisarj17
18 July 2017|
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Response from alovelybunki | Reviewed this property |
You cannot get in the water. It is a museum.
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lm2jorg
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!!!
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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.
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