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  • Address: 311 Cave Ave, Banff, Canada AB T0L 0C0
  • Admission: Adults: $3.90; Children: $1.90

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Cave and Basin National Historic Site Tours

Originally called Banff Hot Springs Reserve, Cave and Basin National Historic Site was the birthplace of both Banff National Park and the entire Canadian National Parks system. Today, 43 national parks, 167 historic sites, four marine parks and one national urban park (which make up the largest network of protected lands in the world), can trace their roots back to these warm mineral waters in Banff, Alberta.

Reopened in 2013 after a three-year renovation project, Cave and Basin is now home to an interpretive museum and a boardwalk hike past countless thermal pools, but the short walk down a stone tunnel into the large hot spring cave remains the most spectacular attraction. A waterfall pours down from the ceiling, filling the jade-green hot spring.

The setting is so beautiful that it isn’t hard to believe that when three Canadian Pacific Railway workers discovered the springs, they immediately laid claim to the land and saw its potential as a major tourism draw. Although much has changed in the past century, their quickly built fence and log cabin formed the first protected area in Canada.

Practical Info

Cave and Basin National Historic Site is located on the west edge of the town of Banff, 2.1 kilometers from downtown. 

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Banff National Park Tour with a Small Group, Calgary, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Banff National Park Tour with a Small Group

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Join a day-long (approximately 11 hours) tour through the Majestic Canadian Rockies! Explore the breathtaking and inspiring scenery that Alberta has to offer. ...  Read more

Location: Calgary, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.68
Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife, Banff, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Winter Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Join a personalized small-group tour and discover beautiful Banff in the winter! Over three hours, your local guide will take you to some of Banff's key ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.46
Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife, Banff, Nature & Wildlife
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Discover glorious Banff in the summertime on a 3-hour tour. Visit famous landmarks and historic places with your local guide. This small-group tour allows ...  Read more

Location: Banff, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.28

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