Cave and Basin Events

Interpretative Activities

April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December 

April

National Canadian Film Day at the Cave
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
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
Bioblitz Headquarters at Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday April 22, 2017 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 to October, 2017
Daily offer, launching on May long weekend, May 20 to 22, 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
May 27 and 28, 2017
Bring the family for a weekend of mini trains and maxi fun. Dozens of model railway enthusiasts showcase tiny trains including from the steam era. Hop aboard the ¼ scale CP train, the Puffer Belly Express (Saturday 10a.m. to 4 p.m.)

June

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.

Performance in the Park
Cascades of Time Garden at Parks Canada’s Banff Administration Grounds
June 9th - Sold out
June 10th - Sold out

More information about the show
Celebrate the arrival of summer at Banff National Park’s Performance in the Park. The spectacular outdoor venue and lineup of award-winning Canadian artists make Banff the place to be in June.
2017 will be a special year for this recurring festival, organized in partnership with Parks Canada, The Banff Centre, and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism.

Drawn to Nature 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday June 10, 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

Join Parks Canada’s team of interpreters as they share cool stories about Banff National Park’s wildlife, history and all things that make this place special… including celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!
Interpretive programs and activities are offered at campground theatres. day-use areas and around the Town of Banff. The full program listing will be available in June 2017 at a Parks Canada Visitor Centre, or online.

July

Canada Day 
Lake Louise Sports and Recreation Centre 
July 1
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Free with Discovery Pass

Learn to Camp
Lake Louise Lakeshore
Sundays July 2, 9, 16, 23, 20, August 6, 13, 20, 27
1 – 4 pm
Free with Discovery Pass
Stop by our pop-up campsite for tips and tricks on how to comfortably camp in the mountains!

Landmarks 2017 (Canada 150 Signature Initiative, led Partners in Art) 
July 1 – Mid September, 2017
Rebecca Belmore’s project is about listening to the land. A sculpture will be temporarily installed on a rock at the Lake Minnewanka day-use area. The sculpture is an open invitation for people to explore the possibilities of sound in relationship to the land. Visitors can experience the work in multiple ways, as sculpture, listening device, or microphone.

The Banfftastic Canada 150 show
Louis Trono Gazebo, Banff Central Park
Saturday, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2
7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Bring a picnic blanket for an evening of outdoor fun by the river. All ages will enjoy the irreverent sketches and catchy tunes about Banff National Park, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

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 8, 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 to Sunday July 9, 2017
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Join special guests from Iron Horse Park (Airdrie) and climb aboard a 1/8th scale train and ride their mini rails (Friday and Saturday). Check out dozens of Lego miniature model train sets (Saturday and Sunday).

National Historic Sites 100 
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Saturday July 8, 2017
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come celebrate 100 years of Canada’s National Historic Sites at the Banff Park Museum with the launch of the photo exhibit, "Explore Our Stories.” The exhibit features images from historic sites from every province and territory, highlighting the breadth and diversity of our historic places and the stories they tell. 
Visit the Banff Park Museum for free guided tours, celebratory snacks, and more. 

Canada Historic Places Day 
Lake Louise Lakeshore 
Saturday, July 8, 2017
1 - 4 pm 
Free with Discovery Pass

Parks Day
Lake Louise Lakeshore
July 15, 2017 
1 - 4 pm
Free with Discovery Pass

Ya Ha Tinda Ranch Centennial Celebration
July 15, 2017
11 am – 4 pm
Open House
Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ya Ha Tinda Ranch and connect to over a century of ranch history! Take a wagon ride, watch horse demonstrations, tour the museum, learn about on-going research and grab a slice of birthday cake.

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

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

The Banfftastic Canada 150 show
Louis Trono Gazebo, Banff Central Park
Saturday, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2
7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Bring a picnic blanket for an evening of outdoor fun by the river. All ages will enjoy the irreverent sketches and catchy tunes about Banff National Park, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

Learn to Camp
Lake Louise Lakeshore
Sundays July 2, 9, 16, 23, 20, August 6, 13, 20, 27
1 – 4 pm
Free with Discovery Pass
Stop by our pop-up campsite for tips and tricks on how to comfortably camp in the mountains!

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, 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

Stoney Nakoda Family Camp
Banff Indian Grounds
Open to the public. Everyone welcome!

September

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 
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.

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.  

Commonwealth Walkways (Collaborative project led by Banff Canmore Community Foundation)
Sunday September 17 and Monday September 18, 2017
Launch celebration. Existing paths and trails will be enhanced with new interpretation accessible via mobile device. Trail hub located at Museum Corner (Buffalo and Banff Ave). Potential international walking Summit hosted by Banff Centre and royal visit.

October

Illuminations (Canada 150 Signature Initiative, led Banff Centre)
Illuminations and projection in the Lake Minnewanka DUA and film projections on the water. Featured artists, Sarah Fuller and Moment Factory. This will be a 3 day event open to the public. The event can be accessed by car and the Banff Centre is organising a transportation partner.

Drawn to Nature 
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Saturday October 13, 2017
7:00 to 9:00 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

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.

Banff Craft Beer Festival (in partnership with Banff & Lake Louise Tourism) 
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Last weekend of November

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