About Cave & Basin National Historic Site
Reopened in May 2013, the Cave & Basin National Historic Site is the birthplace of all national parks across Canada. This National Historic Site was built around natural thermal mineral springs in late 1800s.
The interpretive centre displays heritage of the thermal waters and the history of national parks.
The outside boardwalk explores the historic bathing pavilion and the natural history of the area.
What to do at Cave & Basin National Historic Site ?
Things to do at Cave & Basin National Historic Site.
Take the guided 45 minute tour and see the narrow tunnels in the dimly lit cave, learn about the history of Banff and the bathing pavilon and take a boardwalk stroll over marshlands.
Stroll along the Discovery Boardwalk (0.4km ) to view the cave vent, springs and pools filled with pink bacteria, and algae.
Learn about the natural history of Banff by taking the 0.5km Marsh Boardwalk Loop.
Participate in the spooky after hours Lantern tour (see hours below).
See a cinema under the stars.
Hike along thee 7.4km round trip Sundance Trail and the 2.7 km Marsh Loop.
Learn more about First World War internment in Canada at the Internment Exhibit Building adjacent to Historic Site.
Fish at the Cave & Basin Marsh system.
Who all can go and enjoy Cave & Basin National Historic Site ? – All
How to get to Cave & Basin National Historic Site ?
Location/directions to Cave & Basin National Historic Site
To use Roam bus : see here
From Banff town centre, cross the Bow river bridge and turn onto Cave Avenue. The Cave & Basin National Historic Site is located at the end of the road.
Marsh Boardwalk Trail starts below the building and Discovery Boardwalk Trail is above the bathing pavilion.
GPS coordinates : 51.168333, -115.591389
How much to visit Cave & Basin National Historic Site?
Admission/ Rates Cave & Basin National Historic Site
The boardwalks are free, but there is admission fee for the Interpretive centre and guided tour. Guided tour is included in the Interpretive centre admission fees.
Adult (17 – 64) : $ 3.90
Child/Youth (6 – 16) : $ 1.90
Senior (17 – 64) : $ 3.40
Family (upto 7; two adults max) : $9.80
Free Admission on Canada Day
When to visit Cave & Basin National Historic Site ?
Hours / Times Cave & Basin National Historic Site
(Kindly verify the current hours & admission rates from the attraction website)
Summer: Open Daily, 10am-5pm
Spring and Fall: Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10am-5pm
Winter: Open Wednesday–Sunday, 12pm-4pm
The Discovery Tour :
Daily at 11 am and 2:30 pm from May to September.
$10.80 per person. A family-friendly, wheelchair accessible event. Tours take approximately 30 minutes.
Pre-registration is recommended, Call 403-845-3524 to reserve. Select Saturday nights | 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM
See the above link (Lantern tours) for Cinema under the stars and other events taking place at Cave & Basin.
How long will it take to see Cave & Basin National Historic Site ?
Depending on interest, one hour to well over two hours.
What about Amenities, accessibility & parking?
Cafe, Gift shops.
Most of the site is wheel chair accessible.
Parking available in front of the museum.