Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff

Categories: Hot Springs, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Museums, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web
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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  • The source of water for the Museum to buy a ticket, but even where it is compared to the amount of money isn't much to see. Would've been a disappointment to snag the end going. The smell of sulphur is also seen by much.
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  • Interesting information about the cave and basin and hot springs in general. Don't forget to take the stairs to the top of the building and the small trail above the building this is accessible from t...  read more »
  • This was the first National Park in Canada's history. It is a smaller location, but also has access to many well maintained trails nearby to enjoy! It is very interesting to see where the original hot...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Extremely good value for money. A hidden gem on the edge of Banff. It is the first national park in all of Canada. Very interesting to learn about the discovery and history of the thermal pools and cave
  • Lol... a gigantic 8x12' neon sign saying "CAVE" doesn't exactly give you that spelunking type explorer feeling. Exit through the gift shop. No thanks. There's lots of interesting places to visit and explore. If I'm in Banff I want to see some nature.
  • Cool historic location. Come see the reason Banff exists. There is small quantities of naturally occurring h2s glass so it does stink a bit. Got in free because I came 15 min before close.
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