Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff

3.9
#3 of 6 in Historic Sites in Banff National Park
The discovery of the thermal mineral springs of Cave and Basin National Historic Site in 1883 was a catalyst for establishing Canada's first national park. Today, you can no longer swim in the hot springs, but you can visit the historic site and view displays about the history of Canada's national parks. Admire the cave surrounded by scenic hiking trails and boasting indoor and outdoor natural pools filled with striking azure waters. Make Cave and Basin National Historic Site a centerpiece of your Banff National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Banff National Park trip planner.
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  • less crowded than other tourist spots but very nice place to visit and learn about the early history & geology, etc. There are guided tours or you can browse the area yourself. Minimal entrance fee ca...  more »
  • As the birthplace of Canada's national parks, we could not miss this site. A bit disappointed as there's just one very small cave (we've been to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, US) but it was interest...  more »
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  • Free with a Parks Canada pass which is nice! It's small but we had a lot of fun there. I thought it was educational but also had things to do like go into the cave (super cool), the photobooth & the winter carnival! We spent most of our time playing curling, box hockey, sitting around the fire and doing the bean bag toss. We spent more time at the museum than expected since the games were fun!
  • Fun little place and not at all expensive to visit! Definitely check out the boardwalk trail behind the centre. The short and easy trail weaves its way up Sulpher Mountain following the thermal spring and offers a great view of the site. That said, if you are travelling on a budget or short on time, this is an easy spot to skip.
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