Cave and Basin National Historic Site

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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave and Basin National Historic Site
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Iva V
243 contributions
Had a tour with scenes acted out. This was okay but you really wouldn't miss much if you didn't make this stop. Excellent gift shop though.
Written 10 August 2022
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ONTARIO1981
CANADA251 contributions
Family
This was a must do while visiting Banff for the first time. The history and educational info here behind Canada's National Parks is pretty neat. The Cave/Basin is pretty cool itself - try to spot the snails who live there, the only place on earth you can find this type! A bonus was that our Discovery Pass included admission this site.
Written 7 August 2022
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JeffFr
Edmonton, Canada48 contributions
Family
Title says it all really, it's very well done and educational. Our teenagers enjoyed it and they even had little interactive booklets for younger kids that our nieces and nephews seemed to enjoy. Interesting history not only of the springs/conservation but also of the internment camps that were there in World War 1. Lots of hikes, they're decent but not spectacular and the horse dung and mosquitoes were everywhere.
Written 4 August 2022
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Tony D
Livingston, UK250 contributions
There are guided tours available which helps the understanding of the site. This is the original hot springs tourist attraction but bathing is no longer possible here, (try Banff Upper Hot Springs for bathing).

The discovery of the hot springs led to the development of the Banff tourist industry.
Written 22 July 2022
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Johnny H.
Manassas, VA336 contributions
Don't let the sulfur smell get to you in the basin area, the awe that comes from this place is palatable. I understand why this is the first national park in Canada, there is something primordial about the basin/pool. I wish that the swimming pool/hot spring was still around, but it was nice that you can still imagine what the place was like back in the day.
Written 16 July 2022
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Lyncroft
Quebec285 contributions
This is where Banff started. Small museum relating the history of the springs, access to the cave (sulphur smell included!). Interesting if you like history. Nice boardwalk trail nearby.
Written 8 July 2022
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Lisa W
DeLand, FL89 contributions
Family
We had the discovery park pass so admission was free. Most time needed is 20 min - half hour. The cave was a very short walk inside. Once inside the cave, the closer you got to the basin the smell of sulphur increased to rotten egg smell. I took two pictures and left. Nothing more to see.
Written 1 July 2022
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Michele G-W
London, Canada428 contributions
Couples
We were trying to kill time which isn't hard to do in Banff and thought this sounded neat.
We were about to pay admission when of one the staff working mentioned to another group that you can see the basin for free at the top of the stairs. Needless to say I'm glad we didn't pay.
The views from the top are beautiful of the mountains but the basin itself was not as thrilling. And the smell could be smelled right from the parking lot.
There is alot of history here though.
Written 25 June 2022
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Vacationers62
San Diego, CA657 contributions
After reading the reviews on this "historic" site, we were expecting a LOT more! At $7 senior price, this is a big rip-off! The "cave" is just a very small pool, and the tunnel into it is less than 500 feet. VERY disappointing. The guide books say to walk around and review the exhibits - not worth your time.
Written 12 June 2022
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Julia S
4 contributions
Couples
Availability of wheelchair enhanced mine and my husband's visit 100%. Able to observe all aspects of the displays - excellent viewing. Thank you very much.
Written 12 May 2022
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