Cave And Basin National Historic Site

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  • 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.

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  • Cave And Basin National Historic Site Address: 311 Cave Ave, Banff, AB T0L 0C0, Canada
  • Cave And Basin National Historic Site Contact Number: +1403-7621566
  • Cave And Basin National Historic Site Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Cave And Basin National Historic Site Price: 4 CAD
  • Best time to visit Cave And Basin National Historic Site(preferred time): 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Cave And Basin National Historic Site: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Banff include Cave And Basin National Historic Site in their plan

  • 56.83% of people start their Cave And Basin National Historic Site visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Cave And Basin National Historic Site

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Cave And Basin National Historic Site, Banff Reviews

  • Very accessible and informative setup for the place where the national parks system in Canada began. Most of the content isn't about the hot springs/grotto, which is beautiful but can be taken in over a few minutes. Lots of good info and exhibits about both the history of the bathhouse (no longer an option at this particular hot springs) and the parks. The view from this location is also quite nice. Lots of parking available or your can walk from downtown (mostly along the river, very nice). I believe the town shuttle stops there as well. If you have a Canadian national parks pass, BRING IT and got get free entry (there as well as the museum in town). This is not well advertised and seems at odds with the fact that you have to show proof of paying the park entry in your car but it's still the truth :)

  • 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.

  • A pretty cave and small pools of spring water. More valuable as a historical site than one for viewing. Read about the history and look at the old photos and then walk into the area that used to be the pool house and pool and you'll get an amazing sense of how discovery and wonder sparked a movement, of how this site became a tourist draw and then how the preservation of the natural cave and snails became the priority. What comes next?

  • This place is a little gem full of history. The birth place of Canadian Park system. Plenty of info to read, interactive screens, videos and film of the history. The boardwalk takes you around the site. There is a cave the original site you can go in. The smell of sulfur is strong but that is all part of the experience. The site was not crowded like most other places around the area. The park workers are a wealth of knowledge don't feel like you are bothering them they are there to answer your questions. It only costs a few dollars to get in the site. We spent about 2 hours there.

  • Very cool to see the natural sulfurous pools. I'm glad that this place and its history is being preserved. It wasn't too busy when we went on a weekend in June. Tip: If you have kids (or even if you don't!) ask for the kids activity booklet and submit the last page to a worker to get a free dog tag that says Cave and Basin on it.

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