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Cave & Basin National Historic Site

Youve got to see this! Its the Birthplace of Canadas National Parks.

Just around the corner and away from the hustle and bustle of Banff Avenue is one of the most significant landmarks for Canadas protected areas, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
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Youve got to see this! Its the Birthplace of Canadas National Parks.

Just around the corner and away from the hustle and bustle of Banff Avenue is one of the most significant landmarks for Canadas protected areas, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

Used by Indigenous people for many years, the mineral springs at the Cave and Basin remained unknown to the rest of the world until three Canadian Pacific Railway workers came across them in 1883 and set into motion a series of events leading to the creation of Canada's national park system in 1885.

Start your visit with a Discovery Tour, honoured as one of the Canadian Signature Experiences from Destination Canada. After the tour, explore the historic building. Impressive architecture, bubbling mineral waters in an underground cave, interactive programs, exhibits and a giant four-screen high definition visual experience lead you on a journey to protected areas and sites across Canada.

Kids can have fun too. Explore, play and learn through kids games and activities throughout the site.

This place is alive! Youve got to see this. Its the Birthplace of Canadas National Parks.
parkscanada.gc.ca/caveandbasin
parcscanada.gc.ca/caveandbasin

  • Phone:(403) 762-1566
  • Address: PO Box 900, Banff, AB, T1L 1K2
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