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“Nice step into the past”

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
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US$55.00*
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Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
Ranked #13 of 82 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 20 January 2018

It was a great visit, the museum is small but informative. The cave itself is a bit small and claustrophobic. If you don't mind the smell of sulfur it is cool. The cave is a great place to remember where the whole national parks system came from. Remember to bring your park pass with so so you can get in for free.

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the feedback and great advice. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip!

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

We included the Cave & Basin National Historic Site as part of an all-day bicycle tour that started/ended on Tunnel Mountain Drive and also included the Banff Visitor Centre, CPR Station, Fenland Trail, Vermillion Drive/Lakes, a short stretch of the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail from Vermillion Drive to the Bow Valley Parkway (1A), Bow River Trail, Marsh Trail, and Sundance Trail. It was a fantastic bicycle tour and Vermillion Lakes was a nice part of it.

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Wow! That sounds like a great day of exploring. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Banff.

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

While the entry fee is only low (under $4 from memory), there wasn't a lot to keep you occupied. There was some detail of the history of national parks and the original sulphur hot springs were able to be viewed. It's a little way out of town (I walked).

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thank you so much for visiting. Our fees are $3.90 for adults. Thank you for your review and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip!

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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

During a stay in Banff from Scotland to ski we decided to visit the Cave and Basin. Despite previous visits to the area we had not visited this natural spectacle previously and were certainly not disappointed. The staff were very friendly and informative. The displays were very well set out. The history of the site since it was “discovered” was interesting. On reflection it did paint a picture of a natural wonder which had been used considerately by the native Inuits and then greedily exploited by incoming settlers. Visitors incredibly also readily ignored signs asking them not to dip their hands In the water so as not to unbalance the fragile ecosystem of the basin snails!
Despite the snow we also enjoyed a walk around the marsh loop which was well signposted.
This historic site where the Canadian national park system was born is well worth visiting and represented very good value for money.

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thank you so much for your fantastic review. We really appreciate your feedback and are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thank you as well for sharing your photo!

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

This place is mostly for educational purposes. There is a cave where you can see, but mostly it is the birthplace of Canada national parks.

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thanks so much for visiting. We're glad to hear you learned something but we hope you had fun too! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

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