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Family of four looking at the spring in the Cave at the Cave & Basin National Historic Site
The Cave & Basin National Historic site covered in snow on a sunny winter day
Arts & Culture

Cave & Basin National Historic Site

The cultural significance of the Cave & Basin can be felt from the first steps into the rocky cavern, home to a legendary natural hot spring. Steam rises from geothermally heated waters, and earthy mineral scents fill the air.

No visit to Banff is complete without a trip back in time to the true birthplace of Canada’s first national park. Amidst the delicate ecosystem of the cave, the excitement of witnessing a natural marvel is palpable. This energy can be felt throughout the surrounding boardwalks, thermal pools and hiking trails that lead onwards to the Marsh Loop and Sundance Canyon.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Easy
Duration
1-3 hrs
When
Year Round
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Location

Distance from Banff:
2km
Distance from Lake Louise:
60km

When to go

Operating Dates

MonthOperating Status
JanOpen
FebOpen
MarOpen
AprOpen
MayOpen
JunOpen
JulOpen
AugOpen
SepOpen
OctOpen
NovOpen
DecOpen

Local Tips

  • Free Entry: Admission is included with your annual Discovery Park Pass.

  • Looking for a magical, candle-lit experience? On select nights during the summer, you can register for a twilight, family-friendly Lantern Tour.

Getting There

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Cave & Basin National Historic Site

Museums & Historic Sites
Location
Banff Town
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