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Cave and Basin National Historic Site
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Ranked #13 of 85 things to do in Banff
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Not the most exciting thing we saw on our trip, but worth going to see. An important site in the history of Banff. The walk to get there was very nice as well. There has apparently been an addition to the site since we visited involving the WW1 internment camp which existed in Banff. I will go back to check that out next time I'm there.

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Wow.. there has been much work done since 1995 when the park was closed for renovation.. lots of interpretive information about the history of Banff National Park... lots of information to absorb and the levels to climb to see it... Oct 2013 we couldn`t go to the top of the stairs because there was a bear family of four in the woods... The Cave has a wonderful history of healing and ceremony and the Basin has the beautiful turquoise waters from the springs.. there is the smell of the sulphur from the spring water, but not enough that would turn you away from this wondrous site... would have been nice if the rectangular main pool was kept as a pool as it is now covered in concrete... but it is still a beautiful place because of its history and the mountain view...

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

As a snapshot of early Banff history, Cave and Basin is worth seeing, but the sulfur springs give the air a septic quality, which definitely won't be to everyone's likely. One thing to keep in mind is that the monument is a good starting point to some pleasant walks along the river.

Thank Roger S
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

The overpowering smell of sulphur (which can't be helped) is the only bad thing I have to say about this attraction. Seeing it in the fall, with its strip of green in the middle of a whole lot of brown, was a good way to enjoy it. There are lengthy bordwalks to take you through the area. The views from these walkways are terrific. Be careful if you're going on a cool day, though. The steam will condense on the walkways and make them frosty and slippery.

Thank Tamara D
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

This is my first visit to the Cave and Basin since the renovations and I was in shock at the quality of the exhibits for the low admission price of $4. While there are the usual non-interactive exhibits (pictures, diagrams, etc) the hall overlooking to old pool area has an amazing array of interactive exhibits (from digital postcards to shows on giant projection screens). While not the largest facility by any stretch, it is a good way to spend 1-2 hours by going through all the information. There are also tours provided by the site throughout the day, so perhaps inquire about those ahead of time.
The trails around the site are free of charge and parking is plentiful. So, even when closed, there is still something to do.
The pool has been paved over, which is a bit of a disappointment, but I can understand why it was not cost effective to restore.

Overall, I was amazed at the quality of exhibits and the low admission price. It was definitely a great experience, much better than many other historic sites around the world. Definitely something to be proud of, and can't wait to see the quality they start putting into other historic sites if this is any indication!

Thank Trevor-EDM
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