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.
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.
Come and visit the Cave, a special place where bubbling thermal waters connect people to the essence of Banff National Park. Explore the marsh land trails and boardwalks favoured by local bird watchers and wildflower enthusiasts. Don't miss the Discovery Tour, where you can learn about the natural and cultural history of this special place. Kids, pick up an Xplorers booklet full of fun activities that will get you hunting for treasure boxes and solving puzzles!
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 Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm Winter: Wednesday-Sunday, 12 pm – 4 pm
Rates: Adult - $ 3.90 Senior - $ 3.40 Youth - $ 1.90 Family/Group - $ 9.80