Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff

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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, create itinerary details personal to you using our Banff trip generator.
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  • This little hot spring is where Parks Canada started a century ago. It's worth a visit if you're into natural things. The extremely rare Banff Park Snail can easily be seen in the sulphur algae floati...  more »
  • Great gift shop and a nice walk from town to get here. Free with your National Park pass for 2017. Imagine what is was like in the 1800's to stumble upon this hot spring. 
  • Nothing exciting but you get to see the original hot spring as viewed by the pioneers. The park has done a great job in preserving the past. It's like stepping through a time portal, we'll preserved i...  more »
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  • Guys, seriously, the smell is pretty bad. If you get headaches easily as my husband and I do I strongly recommend not even get close to this place. The strong smell of sulphur stick on you for hours. When I got in this place was around 11 am and the only nice time to get in there and see the cave is when the sun light pass through a small hole in the ceiling of the cave, otherwise, you will be wasting your money and time. It is a small place and nothing to do (or see). If I were you I wont bother to go and save yourself $4/person.
  • Lovely to walk here from Banff avenue, through the trees. The entry fee is minimal, around $3 per adult which gives you access to the inside cave, and all of the outside natural running hot springs. The history provided is concisely written so it was just right. The views on a good day are spectacular also, as you lool across to Mt. Norquay and gain a different perspective to that yoi get in the town.
  • I enjoyed visiting this place. Warning: It's not the best place if you have a sensitive nose. It was a good place to kill some time as we waited for our friends to group up. There is an entrance fee, but it's not expensive. It's less than 5 dollars for adults and less than 3 dollars for anyone under 18 and students. Upon entering the place, you'll come into a round room with information about the Cave and Basin. It's interesting to learn how people bathe in this location years ago. As you walk into the cave you'll notice a rotten egg smell. That's from the Sulfur Gas. You kinda get used to it as you spend more time inside the location. There's a small walk around where you can travel around the Cave and Basin to look at small lakes and streams from the mountain.
  • If you are disappointed by the pool areas around the region, visit this place to see the grotto and small natural pools where the water bubbles up from the ground. It's about 3$ to visit and it is very well maintained. It's also the only place where you can touch the warm water outside the facility. Don't go of you don't like strong smells because the entire area smells strongly of sulfur.
  • Small cave and smells absolutely repulsive (strong sulphur smell) not the same cave shown on website. Nice views outside but much better areas throughout banff you dont have to pay for.