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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

311 Cave Ave | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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311 Cave Ave | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There is a lot of information packed into the building and surrounding site. You can actually go into the cave , which is what the pictures are, where a Banff employee will give u information. There are exhibits and an outdoor walking area to do...More

Thank Belinda S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice to go back in the past and see pictures of the cave and basin in the beginning and learn about the history. Area smells of sulphur but is not too bad.

Thank Cantal
Reviewed 2 days ago

We found the whole site very interesting. It is not just about the actual cave but everything else on site. We spent ages reading all the fact boards and watching the video presentation which we found very emotional. You can dip your hand in a...More

Thank cossyann
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I didn't expect to spend too much time as many reviews indicated it didn't take long to go through. Yes if you just to the 'indoor' cave, it's a short visit (and would be very crowded in summer I'm sure - we...More

Thank Kathryn H
Reviewed 5 days ago

As we were early we could experience the cave by ourselves. Do not expect a whole cave system, it is only one cave, but a beautiful one. Further exhibition explains about the cave and its use for the inhabitants. Videopresentation is beautifully made and interesting.

Thank Blok
Reviewed 6 days ago

This cave is the reason for Banff's existence. It is small but atmospheric, the original cave where three railway workers on their day off in the 1880s found the hot (and sulphur smelling) springs which first led tourists to the area. The actual cave won't...More

Thank invicta10
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Free with Canada NP Pass 2017. Don't expect to go into a large cave, but the informational displays tell you a lot about the history of the area. They also have a live display of history outside on patio. I am glad we visited! Good...More

Thank woodteach
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was fun to go and walk around with our young twins. We got there around 9 to kill time before the rest of town opened. Staff was really nice and fantastic. The exhibits were well done, informative, and fun.

Thank Ryan B
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a fun way to learn about some history unique to Banff and the park development in Canada. The cave itself is small, but it's tranquil and pretty. The observation decks above the museum are great too. It was a nice activity that you...More

Thank Gfitz410
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This sight is interesting. You can go into the cave where the water comes out of the ground. Additionally you get some information about the hot springs but that is about it. Fortunately you don't need to pay for 2017. Otherwise I would say it's...More

Thank Sebastian K
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18 July 2017|
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Response from alovelybunki | Reviewed this property |
You cannot get in the water. It is a museum.
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!!!
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.