Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff National Park

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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. Make Cave and Basin National Historic Site a centerpiece of your Banff National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Banff National Park trip planner.
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  • A little disappointed that the cave was closed. The exhibits were very informative. A plus. Take your park pass with you and you get in for free.  more »
  • Due to Covid-19 restrictions everything was closed, that wasn't the most amazing part. It was dead, no one else there at all the whole place to us to explore. It was an amazing experience, the smell.....  more »
  • This attraction is essentially split between the facilities themselves and the hiking trails around the area. Very interesting information is displayed regarding the history of the Cave & Basin. The....  more »
  • Free with a Parks Canada pass which is nice! It's small but we had a lot of fun there. I thought it was educational but also had things to do like go into the cave (super cool), the photobooth & the winter carnival! We spent most of our time playing curling, box hockey, sitting around the fire and doing the bean bag toss. We spent more time at the museum than expected since the games were fun!
  • Fun little place and not at all expensive to visit! Definitely check out the boardwalk trail behind the centre. The short and easy trail weaves its way up Sulpher Mountain following the thermal spring and offers a great view of the site. That said, if you are travelling on a budget or short on time, this is an easy spot to skip.
  • I really enjoyed this historical site. It definitely shed some light on a part of Canadian History that i have no idea of. Plus, i loved the walks you can go on after you exit the Site. Worth $3.50!!!!
  • Beautiful park attraction. Lots of history about the national parks available and once you get over the smell of farts it becomes amazing. Walking the path in the winter is magical. 5/5
  • Awesome place! Loved the Interpretative center. Can spend all day there

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