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Cave and Basin National Historic Site Banff

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Where are we going today?

The Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the birthplace of Canada's National Park system, which began here in 1885.

The growth and development of Canada's national parks are celebrated in interactive displays and exhibits which are viewed with intepretation as part of the excellent guided tour. The tour also allows visitors to gets hands on with naturally occurring, warm mineral springs and other fetaures like the boardwalk marsh stroll.

The tour is about 45 minutes long and goes at a gentle pace, and covers inside and outside territory, with further outdoor exploration available with a series of waymarked trails of varying length, allowing you to cater it to your group.

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Where is it at?

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Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Banff National Park
Banff
AB
T1L 1K2
Tel: 403 762 1566

How much does it cost?

  • Adults$3.90
  • Children$1.90
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Tour is offered daily at 11am and 2:30pm from May to September.

I'm Hungry!

Cafe and restrooms provided..

Healthy Eating!

Picnic area provided outside..

Any Top Tips?

The tour is free with your site admission..

Need a little extra help?

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

Can I get one of those

Gift and souvenir shop available..

What people are saying?

  • by Michael Ilnycky

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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?

  • by Kent Leaver

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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.

  • by A Google User

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    Wow! The snails are soo cute!

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    Great place !

  • by Frank Li

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