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Birthplace of Canada's national parks: Cave and Basin National Historic Site


Two people overlook a spring

Hear the water bubble and drip as you walk the narrow tunnel to the cave. Smell the mineral rich steam and dip your hand in the fountain to feel the warmth that attracted so many travellers. Explore the artefacts and watch the presentations. Walk the boardwalk to the vent hole and watch for wildlife. Take the Discovery Tour, free with site entry or reserve a Lantern Tour to explore the site after hours. Visit in winter with your skates.

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Explore more of the Cave and Basin on the Discovery Tour
On the five-stop 45-minute Discovery Tour with a Parks Canada guide you learn so much more about the history, the discovery, the wildlife and uses of the Cave and Basin site.
Lantern Tours in the dark are an exciting visit to the shadowy Cave and Basin
The crowds are gone, the sun is hiding behind the mountain and the lanterns are lit. It’s time to trust your other senses and walk through the darkened tunnel on the Lantern Tour of the Cave and Basin in Banff National Park.
Warm Water and Cool Stories are at the Cave and Basin, Banff National Park
The exhibits at the Cave and Basin Historic Site showcase the birthplace of Canada’s National Parks and lead you on a journey across the country through interactive programs and stunning imagery.

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