April

National Canadian Film Day at the Cave
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (short films); 7 p.m. special screening of Iron Road
A nation-wide film festival brought to you by REEL Canada. During the day, watch some of Canada’s finest short films. Come back after hours for a special screening of the award- winning film Iron Road, an epic tale of forbidden love set against the building of the Canadian railway in the 1880s.

Banff BioBlitz 150
Saturday April 22, 2017
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join knowledgeable leaders to help conduct amphibian surveys in the lower Bow Valley of Banff National Park.
www.bioblitzbanff.eventbrite.ca

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism presents Concert at the Cave 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site 
Friday April 28 and Saturday April 29, 2017
Doors Open at 6:00
Concert from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Great Lake Swimmers on Friday followed by Jill Barber on Saturday.
This concert is a FREE, family-friendly event! Space is limited so get your free tickets to guarantee your spot.
https://www.banfflakelouise.com/concert-cave

 


 

May

Trains Trains Trains
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
May 20 to October, 2017
Pull into the Cave and Basin for a season of celebrating trains. Journey back to the 1880s to a rough-and-tumble railway labour camp. Discover how the hot springs put Banff on the map for train passengers from across the country and around the world. Ride the rails on a hand car, test your strength and skill at spike-driving on a High “Spiker”, and so much more.

Model Trains at the Cave
Cave and Basin National Historic Site 
Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28, 2017
Bring the family for a weekend of mini trains and maxi fun. Dozens of model railway enthusiasts showcase tiny trains from the steam era. Hop aboard the ¼ scale CP train, the Puffer Belly Express (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

 


 

June

Trains Trains Trains
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
May 20 to October, 2017
Pull into the Cave and Basin for a season of celebrating trains. Journey back to the 1880s to a rough-and-tumble railway labour camp. Discover how the hot springs put Banff on the map for train passengers from across the country and around the world. Ride the rails on a hand car, test your strength and skill at spike-driving on a High “Spiker”, and so much more.

Cave Lantern Tours
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday nights, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. Two tours/night, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. Your senses awaken as lanterns cast shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns; you supply the imagination.
A family-friendly 40-minute program. $10.80 per person. Registration required, call 403- 845-3524.

Drawn to Nature
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday June 10, 2017
10:00 a.m. to noon 12:00 p.m.

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

 


 

July

Trains Trains Trains
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
May 20 to October, 2017
Pull into the Cave and Basin for a season of celebrating trains. Journey back to the 1880s to a rough-and-tumble railway labour camp. Discover how the hot springs put Banff on the map for train passengers from across the country and around the world. Ride the rails on a hand car, test your strength and skill at spike-driving on a High “Spiker”, and so much more.

Lady Agnes
Cave & Basin National Historic Site
Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The intrepid wife of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Lady Agnes Macdonald, regales visitors with her account of riding the Canadian Pacific Railway from “summit to sea” – on the cowcatcher of the train.

Hobo Campfire Singalong
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturdays, 1:30-2:00 p.m. and 2:30-3:00 p.m.

Rest your bones by the side of the tracks and enjoy catchy train tunes and comic sketches, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

Cave Lantern Tours 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site 
Saturday nights, July 15, 22, 29, 2017. Two tours/night, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 
It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. Your senses awaken as lanterns cast shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns; you supply the imagination. 
A family-friendly 40-minute program. $10.80 per person. Registration required, call 403- 845-3524.  

Iron Horses and Lego Trains
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Friday July 7 and Saturday July 8, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join special guests from Iron Horse Park (Airdrie) and climb aboard a 1/8th scale train to ride the mini rails along the historic pool deck at the Cave and Basin. Check out dozens of lego miniature model train sets (Saturday and Sunday).

Drawn to Nature
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday July 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

 


 

August

Trains Trains Trains
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
May 20 to October, 2017
Pull into the Cave and Basin for a season of celebrating trains. Journey back to the 1880s to a rough-and-tumble railway labour camp. Discover how the hot springs put Banff on the map for train passengers from across the country and around the world. Ride the rails on a hand car, test your strength and skill at spike-driving on a High “Spiker”, and so much more.

Hobo Campfire Singalong
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturdays, 1:30-2:00 p.m. and 2:30-3:00 p.m.

Rest your bones by the side of the tracks and enjoy catchy train tunes and comic sketches, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

Cave Lantern Tours
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday nights, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017. Two tours/night, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. Your senses awaken as lanterns cast shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns; you supply the imagination.
A family-friendly 40-minute program. $10.80 per person. Registration required, call 403- 845-3524.

Drawn to Nature
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday August 19, 2017
10 a.m. to noon

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

 


 

September

Trains Trains Trains
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
May 20 to October, 2017
Pull into the Cave and Basin for a season of celebrating trains. Journey back to the 1880s to a rough-and-tumble railway labour camp. Discover how the hot springs put Banff on the map for train passengers from across the country and around the world. Ride the rails on a hand car, test your strength and skill at spike-driving on a High “Spiker”, and so much more.

Cave Lantern Tours 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site 
Saturday nights, September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 2017. Two tours/night, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 
It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. Your senses awaken as lanterns cast shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns; you supply the imagination. 
A family-friendly 40-minute program. $10.80 per person. Registration required, call 403- 845-3524.  

Hobo Campfire Singalong 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site 
September 30 and October 1, 2017, 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. 
Rest your bones by the side of the tracks and enjoy catchy train tunes and comic sketches, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.


 

October 

Trains Trains Trains
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
May 20 to October, 2017
Pull into the Cave and Basin for a season of celebrating trains. Journey back to the 1880s to a rough-and-tumble railway labour camp. Discover how the hot springs put Banff on the map for train passengers from across the country and around the world. Ride the rails on a hand car, test your strength and skill at spike-driving on a High “Spiker”, and so much more.

Hobo Campfire Singalong 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site 
September 30 and October 1, 2017, 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. 
Rest your bones by the side of the tracks and enjoy catchy train tunes and comic sketches, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

 


 

November

Hometown Heroes
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
November 8 - 19, 2017
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Get to know the stories of Banff’s own First World War Hometown Heroes.
Photo exhibits, historical movies, recruitment activities and more.

 


 

December

Bow Valley Chorus at the Cave
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Sunday December 3, 2017
Doors open at 4:30 pm, concert 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Sing along to Handel’s Messiah and favourite carols under the full moon on the historic pool deck. Songbooks provided. Dress for the weather.
Cash ($3.90, $3.40 Seniors, $1.90 Youth) or toy donations to Santa’s Anonymous