National Parks / Natural World

Cave and Basin National Historic Site Banff

Where is it at?

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Cave and Basin National Historic Site
311 Cave Ave
Banff
AB
T0L 0C0
Tel: 403 762 1566

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Banff National Park is located in the province of Alberta in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is situated 128 km (80 miles) west of Calgary, 401 km (250 miles) southwest of Edmonton and 850 km (500 mi) northeast of Vancouver.

Where are we going today?

If you had to guess what Canada's very first national park was, what would you guess? If you guessed Banff National Park - you'd be right!

The reason the national park was established way back in 1885, was because they found a natural thermal mineral spring - and the Cave and Basin National Historic Site is right on that very spot, and commemorates the birthplace of the nation's National Park system. Pretty cool!

Here, at this national historic site, the growth and development of the national parks are celebration with fascinating interactive displays, as well as exhibits. These, in addition to a guided tour, allow you to really get hands on with the history, as well as the mineral springs and other features along the boardwalk marsh stroll.

The tour lasts for 45 mintues, and it conducted at a gentle pace so the whole family can enjoy it. On the tour, you see and learn all about the outside territory, as well as the inside.

The park also offer Lantern Tours in the dark, which are a super cool way of experiencing the mountains and the caves!

There is so much history to uncover at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. The Thermal waters are a feat of nature, and surrounded by some pretty amazing wildlife and flora. You can even dip your hands in the thermal waters!

See where it all began at this great historic site. 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$3.90 / day
  • Children$1.90 / day (6 to 116)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Tour is daily at 11am & 2:30pm. Site times vary seasonally.

May to September for the tour. Site all year round

I'm Hungry!

There is a face where you can pick up great food and drinks during your family day out!.

Healthy Eating!

Why not bring a picnic and enjoy your healthy lunch out in the sun.

Any Top Tips?

The tour is free with your site admission..

Doing our bit

They have created a place that honors a part of Canadian history, and great exhibits so you can learn all about it!.

Need a little extra help?

Most of the site, including the Cave, is wheelchair accessible..

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift and souvenir shop where you can pick some some great gifts, souvenirs and educational items too if you want to keep reading about the history!.

More information

The site hours of operation are all year round, but.

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    It is great to see that Canada's First National Internment Operations are being recognized through an interpretive display at the Cave and Basin. Parks Canada did a nice job including the internment of 5,000+ Ukrainians and other Eastern Europeans. Did you know that slave labor built part of Banff National Park?

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    We had an enjoyable visit to the refurbished cave and basin. Nice interactive displays for the kids and adults. Worth the visit.

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    Wow! The snails are soo cute!

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    Great place !

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