Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff

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#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Banff National Park
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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  • especially in the morning or in the evening you should come here. It is fantastically beautiful. Elk can be seen with luck!
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  • Stopped here one afternoon, not really sure what was there but was well worth the stop. This was the original location where the sulpher springs were and they have many pictures of what it looked like...  more »
  • Having walked several miles through snow we came across this attraction. It was free to enter and showed the thermal pools that once attracted visitors to early Banff. Also has a cafe.  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.

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