Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Banff, AB

Where are we going?

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
311 Cave Ave
AB T0L 0C0

403 762 1566

What is there to do?

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. 

How much does it cost?

Adults: $3.90 / day

Children: $1.90 / day (6 to 116)

Family Deals: $9.80 / day


Need a little extra help?

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


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


Any top tips?

The tour is free with your site admission.

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 - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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