Banff National Park Sights

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

  • 311 Cave Ave. Map It
  • Banff National Park
  • Building/Architectural Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/19/2016

Fodor's Review

This site commemorates the birthplace of Canada's national parks system, which began with the protection of the Banff hot springs in 1885. You'll find restored historic buildings, a plaza, and splendid interpretive displays about Banff and the other national parks in Canada. An interpretive trail explains the area's geology and plant life and has information about the wildlife and history of Banff National Park. While visiting the cave and walking past the warm mineral pools, keep an eye out for the most endangered species in the park, the Banff Springs snail, which makes its home in the warm mineral waters and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

  • Cave and Basin National Historical Site, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

    Leonard Zhukovsky / Shuttestock

Sight Information


311 Cave Ave., 2 km (1 mile) west of downtown, Banff National Park, Alberta, T1L 1K2, Canada

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Sight Details:

  • C$3.90
  • Mid-July–early Sept., daily 10–5; mid-May–mid-July and early Sept.–mid-Oct., Tues.–Sun. 10-5; mid-Oct.–mid-May, Wed.–Sun. noon–4

Published 01/19/2016


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