Welcome to the birthplace of Canada’s National Parks.
You are invited to connect with the place where the commitment to protect Canada’s heritage was born: the Cave and Basin National Historic Site – reopening May 2013.
Just around the corner and away from the hustle and bustle of Banff Avenue is your chance to experience one of the most significant landmarks in Canadian conservation history, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. The idea of a Canada-wide family of national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas took root at the Cave and Basin more than 125 years ago, with the establishment of the Banff Hot Springs Reserve, which later expanded to become Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park. Since that time, a network of protected areas has grown to include natural and cultural treasures from sea-to-sea-to-sea, and it all started here in Banff.
When three railway workers came across the Cave and Basin thermal springs they set into motion a series of events leading to the creation of Canada’s national park system in 1885. The iconic Cave and Basin National Historic Site celebrates Parks Canada’s protected natural and cultural treasures with all new year-round programming and interactive exhibits.
The highlight for many will be a visit to the fully accessible underground Cave, a special place where bubbling thermal waters connect people to the essence of Banff National Park. Don’t miss exploring the marsh land trails and boardwalks favoured by local bird watchers and wildflower enthusiasts.
Leave your mark in Canadian history when you visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
Address: 311 Cave Ave. PO Box 900 Banff, AB T1L 1K2
Hours: Summer: Open Daily, 10 am – 5 pm Spring and Fall: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm Winter: Wednesday-Sunday, 12 pm – 4 pm
Rates: Adult - $ 3.90 Senior - $ 3.40 Youth - $ 1.90 Family/Group - $ 9.80