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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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Cave Ave. | west of downtown Banff, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1566
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Reviewed yesterday

Interesting historic site, but not too much to see, can be done in a quick visit. Not sure how much they charge normally (entrance was free due to Canada 150) but it it no more than a cave with water inside and a small exhibit...More

Thank Natália M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Viewdecks and boardwalks offer great stunning views! Visit inside the cave and basin is a bit of a challenge for a claustrophobic like me. What made our visit fun is the surprise visit of 3 elks close to the entrance! Close encounter when they walked...More

Thank CAQuindoza
Reviewed yesterday

This was our second visit here. This time we were part of a tour group. They seem to have more outdoor displays this time. It does not take long to see what they have.

Thank Sharon Z
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We decided to go to Cave & Basin as a break from the sun, and we were both very happy that we did. I am a tourism management postgraduate, having specialised in attractions I was very intrigued to visit Cave & Basin. It was highly...More

Thank ebrillwen1
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you have a super tight schedule in Banff, skip it. But if you have the time, walk from town (about a mile) and make a morning of it. The cave is neat, yes it smells like sulfur, it's a natural hot spring. I particularly...More

Thank Rungirl1124
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely spot. Beautiful scenery. Not easy for disabled or non-walkers, tho'. A long walk up hill to get to attraction. Small but interesting cave site. Limited signage and informational materials available. Nice gift shop, nice washrooms. Good place to see origins of Park system in...More

Thank Jeanine F
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you're wanting to take a walkabout and smell something stinky, this is the place for you! For Canada's 150, it's free to go and check out. There are some neat art pieces to take in and interpretive actors talking about life way back when....More

Thank Shoe G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a cool place to bring a family with small children. Kids will like it! It features an underground hot spring and short cave with a flat paved trail through it. You could push a stroller here comfortably.

Thank BMphotoTours
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well worth a visit deep into the cave which is very accessible. Visitor centre around it was interesting. Disappointed with refreshment facilities though.

Thank maryandderek
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is not something I would recommend doing in Banff at all!! It is basically a cave which is inside a building with water that smells awful. There are so many amazing things to do in Banff and this is not one of them. Even...More

Thank alecia21
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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 D M | Reviewed this property |
Not only is there no age restriction, bt the sulphur smell will give you fart jokes for days!!!
Annette L
8 May 2017|
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Response from sheila b | Reviewed this property |
That depends on what you want to do. The museum part takes about an hour going slowly. The trail takes a good 2 hours going at a brisk pace.