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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

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Historical account of Canadian conservation

My family and I spent an hour here as it was free with our annual park pass. It’s an interesting... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Definitely a stop to make!

It is not incredibly large but it is definitrly worth a visit. The cave is beautiful and they... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edmonton, Canada
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311 Cave Ave, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

The upgrading and restoration at this site is ongoing. Enjoyed the visit and displays onsite. Lots of history here.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank John L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My family and I spent an hour here as it was free with our annual park pass. It’s an interesting account of the beginning of the national park system and conservative. Many of the hiking trails leading out were unfortunately closed.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank cincifoodie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is not incredibly large but it is definitrly worth a visit. The cave is beautiful and they certainly have a lot of history to be known (that we all should know). Enjoyed the visit for sure.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank abarata8985
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you buy a day rover in Banff the trip up here is covered. The cave is down a long narrow passage and you can see the hole in the roof that the native Americans used to defend down on a rope. There was a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank elainemC1582YZ
Reviewed 13 February 2019

I always like to take a tour here with anyone that hasn't seen it. It is very neat and not very expensive. Worth a quick stop in.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tperr
Reviewed 10 February 2019 via mobile

This is a great small museum. Best for small kids and history buffs but my teenagers even had fun. This winter they have vintage winter carnival games in the courtyard in addition to the cave and the static displays including ice cube sculpture building and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank kpgeo
Reviewed 7 February 2019

Living in Alberta my whole life, I have never thought of going to the Cave and Basin. This time we finally popped in. It has a lot of great history and I could not get my head around the cave until I actually saw it....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Ocean8_Calgary
Reviewed 6 February 2019

it was winter so they had lots of outdoor fun for kids. inside it was very interesting with pictures from year ago

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sunshine19561607
Reviewed 4 February 2019

We've been to Banff many times, but never took the time to go to Cave and Basin. We're glad we did. Interesting history - natural and human.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Derek L
Reviewed 28 January 2019 via mobile

We had a lot of fun taking part in the winter festival activities - curling, hockey in a box, bean bag toss, a warm fire... it was really fun. My understanding is that this was a special event but it made the winter visit so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank laurah133130
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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.