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

Events calendar


Halfway to Heaven hike. Ivvavik National Park of Canada © Fritz Mueller/ Parks Canada 

Ongoing

Xplore Cave and Basin!
Daily
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.

The Banfftastic Campfire Sing-along 
July 2 to September 3
Saturday afternoons, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All ages will enjoy the irreverent sketches and catchy tunes about Banff National Park, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT. Free with site admission

July

Canada Day (Free)
July 1, 2016
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Canadian history at the birthplace of Canada's national parks with family friendly programming. Free admission all day.

Cave Lantern Tours
Saturday nights, July 2, 9, 16, and 23.
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
July 16, 2016
10 a.m. to noon

In collaboration with The Banff Centre's Walter Phillips Gallery, explore still-life sketching along the marsh boardwalk trails. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281.

Mountain Movie Mash-up: The Thrill of the Hill
July 16, 2016
Doors open 9:30 p.m. Program starts 10 p.m.

Join us for another late night movie mash-up featuring downhill skiing / filmmaking legend Eddie Hunter and his talented grandson, Noah Maisonet. Classic 1960s footage shot by Eddie paired with Noah’s own ski movies—both capturing the sheer fun of skiing hard and skiing fast. A collaboration with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies Archives.
Rain or moon-shine. (Indoors if raining.) Bring a blanket or chair. Café open serving popcorn, beer, wine and snacks.
Admission at door: $10.80

August

Cave Lantern Tours
Saturday nights, August 6, 13, 20 and 27.
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
August 6, 2016
10 a.m. to noon

In collaboration with The Banff Centre's Walter Phillips Gallery, explore still-life sketching along the marsh boardwalk trails. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281.

Dreams of the North  
August 19-21, 2016 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Site entry fees apply. 
Take a virtual trip to some of Canada’s most spectacular northern national parks. Meet interpreters from the Western Arctic and experience the Inuvialuit people’s deep connection to place.

October

Hands-on Bison
October 1 and 2, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free with site entry
Find out how Parks Canada plans to bring Plains Bison back to Banff National Park. Discover the stories of the bison through our special temporary interactive exhibit.