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Address: Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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+1 403-762-1566
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Super neat and historical

Good spot if you have a few free hours. Really neat to see natural hot springs in a more natural setting. Was free when we visited with Canada 150. Close to town. Worth seeing the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very interesting, make sure you explore the outside area and the hot springs to the rear of the building

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Dublin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While in Banff, suggest you visit Cave and Basin. It provides a historical perspective of the area which is quite interesting. We were there in winter and had the place to ourselves. There's a nicely done museum and the actual hot spring that was discovered years ago. One could easily spend half a day here reading museum material and watching... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place is great for families,couples,solo. Canadas 150 birthday so the place is free. you can spend an hour or more here. There is stairs and it was really icy so take your time.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not too impressive. Doesn't worth to pay to visit the Cave and surrounded areas. I would rather go somewhere else if time is objective.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good spot if you have a few free hours. Really neat to see natural hot springs in a more natural setting. Was free when we visited with Canada 150. Close to town. Worth seeing the first ever national park and the history of the Park service!

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Innisfail, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative about the history of Banff National Park. Lots of pictures and displays showing original hot springs. Beware of strong sulfur smell from hot springs. But it is certainly beautiful caves

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wasn't expecting too much from this pit stop and it didn't surprise me or disappoint me. Glad I went but probably wouldn't go again when I eventually return to the incredible town of Banff!!!

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your trip to Banff. Thanks for stopping by the birthplace of the Park, where it all began. More 

Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great for families wanting to know the history behind the springs-static displays with pictures and a description of how the hot springs were found and brought a vibrancy to the area for years to come. Interesting to know what is behind the springs. Make sure to visit before taking in the soothing waters. Great for all ages and accessible as... More 

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We love it when visitors come by our site before heading up Sulphur Mountain Road to the Hot Springs! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation. More 

Saskatoon, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not much for history so I wasn't that impressed with this place. If you have a discovery pass use it to see this place but I personally wouldn't pay full price to get in. When you first get there you have to walk up this slope that is far from the parking lot. There are two basins with one... More 

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We'll have free entry for all of 2017 to celebrate Canada 150. Hope you snapped a few pictures so you can enjoy images of the cave without the smell (I don't mind it, but I think i've just gotten used to it). Thanks! More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This is the birth place of Canadian Parks. It's a fabulously done trip into the past. Today, we took one of the trails and enjoyed the amazing quiet if the forest ending at a frozen falls and Sundance Canyon. Very Family Friendly.

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CaveandBasin, Public Relations Manager at Cave and Basin National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed the history and the spectacular surrounding scenery. Hope the kids enjoyed it too! More 

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