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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

311 Cave Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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“snails” (102 reviews)
“hot springs” (165 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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311 Cave Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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"snails"
in 102 reviews
"hot springs"
in 165 reviews
"canada's national parks"
in 32 reviews
"rotten eggs"
in 17 reviews
"internment camps"
in 14 reviews
"discovery pass"
in 23 reviews
"parks pass"
in 23 reviews
"free entry"
in 12 reviews
"sulphur smell"
in 16 reviews
"canadian history"
in 13 reviews
"interesting history"
in 27 reviews
"interesting place"
in 16 reviews
"interactive displays"
in 15 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 16 reviews
"guided tour"
in 21 reviews
"rainy day"
in 22 reviews
"swimming pool"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the tour with Leah and are so pleased that we did! Leah took us on a journey from thousands of years ago right up till the brothers discovered the hot springs! Fantastic narrated tour with opportunities to ask questions. Thank you Leah, I...More

Thank Karen C
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We came to look for birds and animals. Not much luck for either. We had some rain and it was late in the day, prime time for the animals. Boardwalk is well maintained. Walked past the "mineral hot springs" and that was interesting. With more...More

Thank Brett R
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Where it all started! Find out about the birth of tourism in Banff; the start of the National Parks; see the hot spring that has a history way before the earliest tourists... ...and not forgetting the Marsh Loop Walk and the Marsh Boardwalk...lovely open riverside...More

Thank chris p
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This place is full of interesting history and worth seeing. It is just a short drive outside of Banff. Like most caves or hot springs there is going to be some smell. But take the tour and enjoy the beauty.

Thank Dacen K
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for your review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was the start of our National Parks. Otherwise would be somewhat underwhelming. Small cave but pretty and the area is nice. Worth a quick visit. As Charlize Theron once’s said: “Shall we Spelunking!?”

Thank Jotravy
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your review and sharing your picture! Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this site and the Visitors Center but we didn't take the tour. We did climb to the roof and admired the view over the valley. However, apart from the views there didn't seem to be very much here. Apparently it tells the story...More

Thank mjc404
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for the feedback. We do recommend taking a tour to get a more thorough understanding of the site - but if you were able to explore inside the cave, see the basin, visit the story hall and exhibits, it should tell the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Based on the other reviews, I was expecting the smell to be much worse. It wasn't too bad though, just smelled like boiled eggs. The exhibits were interesting, it was nice to learn some of the area history. Don't expect to be able to spot...More

Thank GreenBayFamily
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for your feedback and for visiting. The snails are really tiny and their population numbers are at their lowest in the spring and summer -but interesting to learn about!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely Walk to the cave from Banff town centre but you can also catch a bus. Interesting to see the hot spring although e smell of sulphur is strong.

Thank Viv B
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your excellent review and we hope to see you back again soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cheap entrance fee..excellent guided tour ..45 mins with guides play acting a variety of roles..good films show and cave spectacular. Best visit so far

Thank John P
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your excellent review. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope you had a great time in Banff!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Among all scenic places is Banff you should stay away of this place and enjoy your time on the lakes. Worthless !

Thank Guilherme T
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your experience. Is there anything we could have done differently to improve your visit?

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Lisarj17
July 17, 2017|
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Response from alovelybunki | Reviewed this property |
You cannot get in the water. It is a museum.
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lm2jorg
June 13, 2017|
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Response from D M | Reviewed this property |
Not only is there no age restriction, bt the sulphur smell will give you fart jokes for days!!!
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Annette L
May 8, 2017|
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Response from Silvia K | Reviewed this property |
Not more than an hour for the site/museum itself, even with two elders and two kids.
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