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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

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311 Cave Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“snails” (99 reviews)
“hot springs” (163 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 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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+1 403-762-1566
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"snails"
in 99 reviews
"hot springs"
in 163 reviews
"canada's national parks"
in 32 reviews
"rotten eggs"
in 17 reviews
"internment camps"
in 14 reviews
"discovery pass"
in 22 reviews
"parks pass"
in 23 reviews
"free entry"
in 12 reviews
"canadian history"
in 13 reviews
"interesting history"
in 27 reviews
"sulphur smell"
in 15 reviews
"interesting place"
in 16 reviews
"interactive displays"
in 15 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 16 reviews
"guided tour"
in 20 reviews
"rainy day"
in 22 reviews
"swimming pool"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a lovely guided tour and visit the great exhibition on the early history of Banff It is a little cold in the February with the snow !

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can never go wrong with a Parks Canada site. This site tells the fascinating history of Banff and you can see the original hot spring cave. The pool must have been an amazing place im its time. During this visit they had curling rink set...More

Thank Kristin B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter found this place when looking through various guidebooks and as it was a whiteout day we thought it would be a good place to visit. We weren’t disappointed. Really interesting visitor centre with great history storyboards. The cave and springs are fascinating but...More

Thank Nick B
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your review. We're so glad your daughter did her research and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an interesting and worthwhile stop if you have some time to explore. The cave was pretty cool and the kids loved it although it was "stinky" from sulphur. They had some outdoor winter-ish activities like curling, beanbag toss, pretend fishing, show sculptures etc....More

1  Thank CosmicDare
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your feedback. You should come back in the summer - our winter carnival on the pool deck will be over but we'll have another exciting exhibit going up in May. You should come check out the boardwalks and trails - there's...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Great place to go to learn the history of the parks and see the history. if you have a national park pass take it in you receive complimentary admission.

1  Thank Sarah B
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the awesome review and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

This as mostly an educational place. But its still a very interesting place to visit non the less. When you go in the cave to see the pool, its has a nice atmosphere to it. The visitor centre has lots of very informative exhibits about...More

Thank Ben D
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review. We loved the colour you captured in your cave photo! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Must see Historic site! It’s only a short walk from Banff downtown district along bow river. It’s very educational and you get to walk into the cave and see the natural Hot Springs, make sure you do the walking tracks outside that lead up the...More

Thank naomi5576
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your great review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the boardwalks and thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to Canada!

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

If you want attentive staff, varied activities (that are interactive!), a beautiful cave, sulphur pools, information on the first national park/ banff national park, and gorgeous hiking trails, then you MUST visit Cave and Basin. $3.90 entry each for adults absolutely worth it!

Thank in0rbit
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your excellent review - especially for mentioning our team. We'll make sure to pass on your great feedback. Thanks again and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip!

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

It is an educational and historial stop while visiting Banff. It was free with the park pass. Strong smell of sulphur at the hot spring

Thank GintamaZ
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review and excellent photos. We're glad to hear that you had a good time (and learned something too :).

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

What an interesting experience, seeing the birthplace of Canadian national parks! The trail outside along the boardwalk is great, so many different species of plants and fish. The inner cave is a great time too - look out for snails!

Thank shannajade2
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your feedback. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the boardwalks and flora and fauna around the site. We hope to see you back again soon.

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Lisarj17
17 July 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
13 June 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
8 May 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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