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The Real Banff Blog / Published: Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:12

Cave & Basin National Historic Site In Banff

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April 1, 2015

It was back in 1883 when two railway workers, William McCardell and Frank McCabe, brought this thermal mineral springs into the national spotlight after they used a felled tree to hike into the cave. It was not long after that Prime Minister John A Macdonald stepped in and reserved the 10 square miles around the area-leading to the eventual birth of Banff National Park and the Canadian Parks system.

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The scene at the Cave & Basin looked a bit different a century ago (top) than now (below)

Photos via Parks Canada


In May of 2013, Parks Canada completed a restoration of this beautiful facility, complete with many interactive and interpretive features for the visitors. In the video (above), Real Banff takes a look at the improved Cave & Basin -from the new displays to the cave to the endangered Banff Springs Snail who resides here. General winter hours are 12 noon-4pm, Wednesday through Sunday. For more information at the Cave & Basin, please click here.

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  -Jeff Mitchell for the Real Banff