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Cave & Basin National Historic Site

Away from the bustle of downtown Banff lies one of the most significant landmarks for Canada's protected areas – Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada's national parks.

This area with its thermal waters has been significant to Indigenous peoples for millennia. In 1883, three railway workers stumbled on the Cave, an event that gave rise to Canada's first national park and eventually to the largest system of protected areas in the world.
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Away from the bustle of downtown Banff lies one of the most significant landmarks for Canada's protected areas – Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada's national parks.

This area with its thermal waters has been significant to Indigenous peoples for millennia. In 1883, three railway workers stumbled on the Cave, an event that gave rise to Canada's first national park and eventually to the largest system of protected areas in the world.

Start your visit with a Discovery Tour, and then explore the impressive historic architecture, bubbling mineral waters, underground cave, interactive programs, exhibits and a four-screen visual experience revealing national parks and historic sites across Canada.

Kids can have fun too, with Parka and Xplorers activity booklets. Check the website for other programs and special events. There's always something new at the Cave and Basin.

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Take advantage of free admission to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for the year.
Open year round. High Season May 15-Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily. Low Season Oct. 16-May 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.

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