Cave And Basin National Historic SiteCurrently Closed
- Address: 311 Cave Ave, Banff, AB T0L 0C0, Canada
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1403-7621566
- Ticket Price: 4 CAD
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Hot Spring, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum, Natural History Museum
Cave And Basin National Historic Site - Review
Not only is the Cave and Basic site a natural phenomenon in itself, it’s also a vital part of the country’s history. It was here, right amidst these hot springs that the National Parks System of Canada was born, in 1885. After three railway workers discovered this cave and its commercial potential, the government decided to intervene and declared it a historic site, making it both open to public and preservation.
Today, you can see the very same cave the three workers did, although you can’t swim here anymore. The site has been transformed into a museum which displays restored buildings, an outdoor hot springs bath and pool and interactive displays on the National Parks of Canada make for a great visit.
Cave And Basin National Historic Site Ticket Prices
- For children, a reduced ticket of CAD $ 1.90 is available.
Restaurants Near Cave And Basin National Historic Site
- Waldhaus Restaurant
- Seoul Country Korean Restaurant
- Le Beaujolais
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Things to Know Before Visiting Cave And Basin National Historic Site
78.58% of people who visit Banff include Cave And Basin National Historic Site in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
70.18% of people start their Cave And Basin National Historic Site visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Cave And Basin National Historic Site
92.03% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Cave And Basin National Historic Site
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Cave And Basin National Historic Site, Banff Reviews
First time visit and really enjoyed it. More of a space for adults but enough interactive items to keep the kids interested for a little while. The cave is well worth the visit, despite the sulphur smell! The basin is interesting and historic but not mind blowing. Enjoyed learning what I could while being rushed around by two small kids who thought snails were cool but overall not that exciting! Worth a visit once. If you have an annual park pass, entry is free.
Cool little cave with a natural hot spring in it. It was smaller than I expected and you are in and out of the cave in a matter of two to five minutes. But you do get to take a little self guided tour around the place which was interest and the view was beautiful! There is a little museum inside as well, I would recommend staying to watch the video because it is put together really well.
This is a typical 'sanitized' National Park venue - good access, parking and can handle lots of visitors. There are some excellent easy interpretive paths, and easy hikes adjacent to it along the river. The hot springs themselves have essentially been closed off except for the interpretive trails around the streams to be protected from visitors, which limits the experience (but is completely necessary).
A small historic site worth checking out. It won't take you long, an hour tops. Its only a few bucks (helps preserve the area and pay the staff, so it's worth it) to go in and check out the hot spring in the cave. Just a short walk in, duck if you are tall..lol There is the outdoor pool to check out as well. If you have never been to a hot spring, be prepares for the smell of Sulfur (rotten eggs) before long you'll barely notice it. There are a few boardwalks/trails that will lead you into the woods to one of the areas where the water first comes out of the mountainside. While we were there, there was an art exhibit going on at the pavilion which was a bonus.
Kudos to Parks Canada for maintaining this site. Sulfur springs all over globe are tourist attractions and polluted. This one though, is well maintained and clean. To me, a little cave with hot water pool was a pretty sight. If you are expecting a long cave walk then you would be disappointed as this one is just a few meters long. But the view inside is pretty. It is not just the sight that is enthralling but the realization that you are standing at a historic site and the story of the place makes it interesting. I think this place is a must visit at least once. As a biologist you would love this place. You can see little snails clinging to the vegetation and algae in the pools. I was astonished to see minnows swimming on the edges of some of the hot water streams - water must be cooler in those places. Visitors are not allowed to touch the water as it might introduce pathogens that might negatively influence the population of the snails that are a protected species. Overall, a place must visit. Easily accessible by private and public transport.