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Cave and Basin National Historic Site
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Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

This is not the most exciting part of a trip to Banff but definitely worth a look. When you get there its a bit of a walk to the site. There is a little tap that has water coming out from underground which is kinda cool. But once inside there really is not that much to see. The cave part was kinda cool..but the smell of the sulpher springs is very strong, which I didnt like. but the color of the water makes for good pictures. There is also a little spring outside in the back which also has the same smell. But the little courtyard was nice and a nice place to just rest.

Visited June 2013
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“Worth a look.”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2013
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Banff, Canada
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“Banff Cave and Basin”
4 of 5 bubbles 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...

Visited October 2013
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Bedford, New York
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“Interesting, but that's about it”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Be prepared for the smell”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2013
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