Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to experience the birthplace of Canada’s national parks and learn about the natural and cultural history of the mountains. Touch the hot water that seeps from the rocks, smell the minerals and explore the trails. Discover it on your own or enjoy one of the many guided tours.

Special events

From star gazing to live performances, there’s always something new at the Cave and Basin. Check back regularly for updates on our events calendar.

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

Your free pass to discovery

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

Get your free 2017 seasonal lockage permit

Canada 150

Sites nearby

  • Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

    Two centuries ago trappers, traders and the First Nation Peoples shared the rugged western frontier of Canada. At Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site - be a part of the story. Explore, hike, camp and discover their challenges and triumphs.

  • Banff Park Museum National Historic Site

    Explore the Victorian-era collection, while admiring the stately 1903 museum, a log masterpiece and the oldest surviving federal building in any Canadian national park. 

Hours of operation

January 1 to May 14 (Wednesday to Sunday): 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Complete Schedule


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.

Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 1-403-762-1566