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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was interesting to see how the Canadian National park system began at Cave and Basin in the late 1800s. Don't expect too much as it is less outstanding than say Banff National Park, but keep in mind what a hot spring would have meant...More

1  Thank WireWrapGems2
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I enjoyed this very much easy to navigate and not too fat to walk from one place to another all close proximity. Friendly staff a must place to visit for the whole family

Thank Josee D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Especially as it's one of the few things you can do that isn't going to cost you anything Very informative to learn how the national parks all started and how the growth of Banff is linked to this cave. Very well done in showing how...More

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Did not find this place very inspiring or interesting. My wife was even less enchanted!!! None of my companions on our tour seemed excited either.

Thank Sheehan2015
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great natural setting of the original cave, KEEP your HANDS out of the water please, little critters live in there. the old pool is filled in, but the architecture is still there, and wonderful to see for the first time or as a memory. Great...More

1  Thank Line B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Learned a lot about the history of Banff here. More than just the Cave and Basin. Banff and area as a whole. No cost to explore this and quite enjoyable. I'd go back again just in case I missed anything, 'cause there's lots there. I...More

1  Thank CalgaryHat
Reviewed 6 days ago

Although not a mass of things to do here, it's history, position, and informative displays are worth putting in the itinerary whilst in Banff.. Admission was free this year due to '150' celebrations,

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited early in the morning before the crowds got there, it was peaceful and relaxing looking at all the exhibits and getting a feel for how our pioneers enjoyed their free time.

Thank flexitdriver
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cave and Basin Nat'l Historic Site is the site of the first Canadian National Park so that's pretty neat. It was the original hot springs in the Banff Nat'l Park before being closed down a few decades back and the Upper Hot Springs built in...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our hike around the marsh by the river. It was peaceful and had beautiful views of the mountains and water. What detracted from our experience was recent rain that made the trail very muddy. The other problem was the several groups of horses...More

Thank LancPAmom
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Is there any age restriction? As I'm age of kids?
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!!!
Annette L
How long shall it takes to visit the site? we will have 2 elders with 2 young kids.
8 May 2017|
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Response from sheila b | Reviewed this property |
That depends on what you want to do. The museum part takes about an hour going slowly. The trail takes a good 2 hours going at a brisk pace.
Meagan L
How much is it to go through for adults?
22 February 2017|
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Response from kagonz1 | Reviewed this property |
Actually, we got in for free!! Here's a link that speaks to Canada's 150th anniversary for their national parks. We showed the pass at Cave and Basin and were waved through. I should have said that in the review but I... More