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

Events calendar



Cave Lantern Tours
Saturday nights, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
May 30 – August 29, 2015
It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. All your senses awaken as the light from your lantern casts 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. $10.80 per person. A family-friendly, wheelchair accessible event. Pre-registration is recommended and group Lantern Tours are also available, please call 403-845-3524.

Xplore Cave and Basin!
Kids aged 6-11 will discover hidden secrets at the birthplace of Canada’s national parks with their own free Xplorers guide filled with fun activities and games. Pick up your free booklet at the front desk of Cave and Basin NHS.

Discovery Tour
Daily, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (45 minutes)
In a dynamic guided tour, the story of Cave and Basin National Historic Site unfolds at the very place where Canada’s first national park was born. Re-live the discovery of the thermal waters. Site entry fees apply.  


Voices from the Camps
August 15, 2015 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Until recently, this chapter of Banff's First World War story was largely untold. Discover what led to the creation of the internment camp near the Cave and Basin and Castle Mountain. From their popular series, “Voices from the Archives”, Parks Canada's Mountain WIT reveals stories through dramatic readings from the perspectives of both internees and guards.
Site entry fees apply.

Internment Exhibit Guided Tours (Free)
Behind Cave and Basin National Historic Site
- August 15, 2015 - 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
When the First World War began, there was widespread suspicion that immigrants from enemy countries might be disloyal. The federal government set up internment camps for so-called “enemy aliens”. One camp was built here in Banff National Park. Join a guided tour of the exhibit that captures the stories of Canada’s First World War internment operations.
Meet at the internment exhibit building, at the trailhead for Sundance Trail, behind Cave and Basin NHS. Free admission.


Star Search
September 5, 2015
Join us under the stars at the Cave and Basin. Step inside an inflatable planetarium for a 180° night sky view. Then head outside with guides from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and their top notch telescopes to view the wonders of the world above.
7pm – Doors open, planetarium open.
8:30pm – Outdoor viewing with telescopes (until 11pm)
$10.80 per person, payable at the door.
For more information, call 403-762-1566.