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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

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311 Cave Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is pretty walk from the bridge just under 15 mins, the view from the top is fantastic at sunset, cave is small. The museum portion is great with awesome displays if you like walking and looking around that’s your place. We were the only...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband & I visited the Cave and Basin Historic Site on a quiet Wednesday in mid November. It's an easy walk from the Banff townsite and there is also plenty of parking available. We almost had the place to ourselves and we took full...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank AlbertaChristiegirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Admission is less than $4 for adults (kids are free) and worth the stop. Been to Banff many times and finally stopped at the cave and basin. You can be in and out in 30 minutes. If you are looking for the Red Chairs this...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FamilyBucketeers
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We started the day off riding the Roam bus up to the Site which made it easy to get here. They do have a huge parking lot so parking was not an issue. They have a self guided tour you can do with lots of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank froglag
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Great views, a space to touch the spring water, a little walk through history. Our family of 4, two adults and two teens, enjoyed it. Well worth going up to.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank texasjulie1963
Reviewed 29 October 2018

We had cave and basin on our list and really enjoyed seeing it and learning about the formation. A very helpful Canada Parks guide also answered questions for us. For me I was pleasantly surprised to see an exhibit on the internment camps Canada set...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sharono539
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

We spent about 30 minutes here and visited the cave, cave and basin display and internment display. Make sure you go aboveboard the cave basin to see the opening from the top. The are also many trails here if you are inclined.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kellyo323
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

We went here one afternoon, we got in for free with our annual park pass which was awesome. The cave and basin was a little bit underwhelming, especially because of all of the other amazing things in Banff. I think they've taken some things down...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Natstedman
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

I am glad I visited this site. It is very inexpensive, doesn’t take much time, and is the site where Banff began. The cave is pretty ( a good place for a photo) and so are the basins. I didn’t enjoy the slide show in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MarthaFromAlabama
Reviewed 24 October 2018

A good spot to spend an hour or so. Not a big site but informative displays. Several trails available to get close to nature.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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 X6569TIdm | Reviewed this property |
Not only is there no age restriction, bt the sulphur smell will give you fart jokes for days!!!
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.