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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

311 Cave Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good42%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“snails” (98 reviews)
“hot springs” (168 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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311 Cave Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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"snails"
in 98 reviews
"hot springs"
in 168 reviews
"canada's national parks"
in 32 reviews
"annual park pass"
in 16 reviews
"rotten eggs"
in 17 reviews
"sulphur smell"
in 23 reviews
"free entry"
in 12 reviews
"internment camp"
in 14 reviews
"canadian history"
in 13 reviews
"interesting history"
in 27 reviews
"interactive displays"
in 15 reviews
"interesting place"
in 15 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 15 reviews
"guided tour"
in 20 reviews
"rainy day"
in 22 reviews
"worth a stop"
in 11 reviews
"swimming pool"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What an interesting experience, seeing the birthplace of Canadian national parks! The trail outside along the boardwalk is great, so many different species of plants and fish. The inner cave is a great time too - look out for snails!

Thank shannajade2
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are into historical tourism then this is definetly a pit stop. It's a 20 minute walk from downtown with beautiful view of the mountains and lovely trails... If you are lucky you might see a sleigh ride go by. The museum's entrance fee...More

Thank Ruchi S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is worth a visit whenever you are in Banff. It is I believe $4 per adult to enter. We have been yesterday and they had been a lot of activities going on there.

Thank fayblife
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your excellent review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the site.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for something to do as we had an hour to kill before leaving Banff. I was really happy we went as you get a little glimpse into the past which was really neat. The cave itself is worth the visit for only...More

Thank Pay63
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked here from our motel as it is only about 20 minutes or 30 at the most depending where you start from. Lovely walk along the path and through the trees. This was a free activity because of Canada 150 years. There were two...More

1  Thank white0nes
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your excellent review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the site - especially the 4-screen film!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had never been to this site before, which is crazy as we buy an annual national parks pass so admission is free here with that pass. It was so incredible to explore this site, to see the tiny snails that are only found here...More

1  Thank paixful
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your excellent review. We're so glad you visited, enjoyed the activities on the pool deck and our awesome staff! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was a great visit, the museum is small but informative. The cave itself is a bit small and claustrophobic. If you don't mind the smell of sulfur it is cool. The cave is a great place to remember where the whole national parks system...More

1  Thank Skeld
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the feedback and great advice. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip!

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Reviewed 16 January 2018

We included the Cave & Basin National Historic Site as part of an all-day bicycle tour that started/ended on Tunnel Mountain Drive and also included the Banff Visitor Centre, CPR Station, Fenland Trail, Vermillion Drive/Lakes, a short stretch of the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail from...More

Thank KevinMiller1956
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Wow! That sounds like a great day of exploring. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Banff.

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

While the entry fee is only low (under $4 from memory), there wasn't a lot to keep you occupied. There was some detail of the history of national parks and the original sulphur hot springs were able to be viewed. It's a little way out...More

Thank Brissie_Gail
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thank you so much for visiting. Our fees are $3.90 for adults. Thank you for your review and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip!

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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

During a stay in Banff from Scotland to ski we decided to visit the Cave and Basin. Despite previous visits to the area we had not visited this natural spectacle previously and were certainly not disappointed. The staff were very friendly and informative. The displays...More

1  Thank Doccraignewlands
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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thank you so much for your fantastic review. We really appreciate your feedback and are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thank you as well for sharing your photo!

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Lisarj17
18 July 2017|
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Response from alovelybunki | Reviewed this property |
You cannot get in the water. It is a museum.
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lm2jorg
14 June 2017|
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Response from D M | Reviewed this property |
Not only is there no age restriction, bt the sulphur smell will give you fart jokes for days!!!
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Annette L
8 May 2017|
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Response from Silvia K | Reviewed this property |
Not more than an hour for the site/museum itself, even with two elders and two kids.
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