Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff

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Hot Spring Historic Site
The discovery of the thermal mineral springs of Cave and Basin National Historic Site in 1883 was a catalyst for establishing Canada's first national park. Today, you can no longer swim in the hot springs, but you can visit the historic site and view displays about the history of Canada's national parks. Admire the cave surrounded by scenic hiking trails and boasting indoor and outdoor natural pools filled with striking azure waters. To visit Cave and Basin National Historic Site and get the most from your holiday in Banff National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Banff National Park trip generator.
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  • This was a seemingly small historic site with interesting facts about the springs, yet we were there about an hour. We walked along the boardwalk through the area where the springs bubble up and head ...  more »
  • Parks Canada has done an excellent job here of preserving the history and integrity of the finding and significance of the Hot Springs in Banff. We were quite pleased to visit this attraction as it ha...  more »
  • I'm not sure we would have invested the money to get into this park had it not been free. It was interesting but took no more than an hour from start to finish, and that was with a bathroom stop.  more »
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  • This is the humble beginning of Canada Parks that was practically a hot spring vacation spot. There is a multi-media gallery showing its brief history, nicely done though not much depth. The cave is again like a hot spring pool and was probably used that way. It is nice to visit when admission is free for Canada 150 celebration. Otherwise admission fee is better spent elsewhere in my opinion.
  • 4 stars because there was no food or snacks close by. But other than that. Amazing place to see the history of one of Canada's first national parks. The cave is very small takes about 30 seconds to walk into the main cave part. Amazing beauty though. There is board walks to see the wildlife and rooftops for pictures. Enjoy the smell :)
  • Went here for a concert in the cave event. Parks staff were awesome and extremely informative. They know a lot of information and can answer a ton of questions not only of the cave but other areas as well. Also you can see the Banff Snails that live in the hot springs, An Endangered Species only found in a small pool of water. This spot has some amazing scenery as well.
  • Free with the Parks Pass and worth a visit. Has nice views of the mountains. You can't touch the hot springs here. Learn about the history of the area. A good stop for a rainy day.
  • Being that is this the heart of Banff national park it is a beautiful area. You need to go and check out the Sulfur hot springs. It stinks like hell but it is so amazing that people used to bathe in there. The hike is amazing along the river up to the falls. We were not able to go the whole way because it was still snowed in when we went.