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

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August 2014

Lantern Tours
August 9, 16, 23, 30  2014 at 7pm and 8pm
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. Runs every Saturday night, May 17 - September 6, except July 26 . $7.30 per person. A family-friendly, wheelchair accessible event. Tours take approximately 30 minutes. Pre-registration is recommended, please call 403-845-3524 to reserve.

#UncleJohn: an Open Air Opera 
August 1-3, 2014 at 7:30pm
A partnership between the Banff Centre, Against the Grain Theatre, the Canadian Opera Company, and Parks Canada, #UncleJohn is a one-of-a-kind performance and a modern interpretation of Mozart's Don Giovanni set in present day Banff and performed at the birthplace of Canada's national parks. Call the Banff Centre 1-800-413-8368 for tickets.

Stoney Nakoda Family Camp
Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 10am, 1:30pm, and 7:30pm - Banff Indian Grounds
The Stoney Nakoda Nation welcomes the public to join them for a day of celebration at the Banff Indian Grounds, on the outskirts of the Town of Banff. Free activities include children's foot races with prizes, a mini Pow Wow, storytelling and drumming and dancing for all to join. This annual celebration has a history spanning generations, and you are invited to share in the story of the Stoney Nakoda's connection to the Bow Valley.
10 am - Noon: Youth Waterfall Games, "Mini Hepra Scadabe"
1:30 pm - 3 pm: Make Your Own Dreamcatchers
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm : Mini Pow Wow

They Climb to Conquer - Phenomenal Females

Saturday August 9, 2014, at 9:30 pm
Join us for a late night movie mash-up with climbing superstar Nancy Hansen, the first female (and sixth person) to summit all 54 peaks over 11,000 feet in the Canadian Rockies. Just back from an attempt on Canada's second highest peak, Mt. St. Elias, Nancy will be our guide to the legendary 1931 Georgia Engelhard film, She Climbs to Conquer, and then will introduce one of her own favourite climbing films, Origins: Obe and Ashima, starring another phenomenal female. Admission at the door: $7.30. Outdoors, bring a blanket or chair. Doors open at 9:30 pm, films start at 10 pm.

Remembering the Great War: Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site 
August 15-17, 2014, from 10 am to 5 pm
Be a soldier for a day, and march alongside other soldiers in the First World War uniform. Mark the centenary of the beginning of the "Great" war with friends from Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. The world was on the brink of chaos, and Canada responded, including here in the Bow Valley. Learn from local historians about Banff's connections to the war, both overseas and on the homefront. Site entry fee applies.

Drawn to Nature
Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10am
In collaboration with The Banff Centre's Walter Phillips Gallery, Parks Canada presents Drawn to Nature at the Cave and Basin NHS. Participants of all ages and levels of experience are welcomed into the national historic site to explore various still-life sketching techniques. This session will take place on the historic view decks of the Bathing Pavilion with the panoramic view of the Cave and Basin and Bow Valley for your inspiration. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery. Call 403-762-6281. All materials will be provided.

Cinema Under the Stars: Passchendaele 
Saturday August 16, 2014
Thousands of Canadians fought in the Third Battles of Ypres, a battle against impossible odds, commonly known as "Passchendaele". The film Passchendaele is a story of passion, courage and dedication, showing the heroism of those that fought in battle, and of the ones that loved them. Written and directed by Paul Gross. Filmed in Calgary and Fort Macleod, Alberta. Outdoors on the Cave and Basin deck. Doors open at 9:30 pm, films start at 10 pm.

Guided tours of Internment Exhibit
Sunday August 17, 2014, at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Free.
When the First World War began in 1914, there was widespread suspicion that immigrants from enemy countries might be disloyal. In this environment, the federal government set up internment camps to house "enemy aliens". Most camps were built in Canada's hinterland, including one in Banff National Park. Join Steve Malins, Parks Canada's Cultural Resource Management Specialist, for 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 of Sundance Trail, behind the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

Extreme Adventures in the Rockies
Saturday August 30, 2014, at 9:30 pm
Join us for a late night movie mash-up with mountain adventurer and extreme action hero, Will Gadd. He climbs rock, ice and the occasional iceberg; he kayaks, caves, and paraglides. He goes farther, faster and deeper than most of us mere mortals. Will takes us back in time, to some historic adventure footage in the Rockies, and then present films from his own action-packed collection. Buckle up for a wild ride! Admission at the door: $7.30. Outdoors, bring a blanket or chair. Doors open at 9:30 pm, films start at 10 pm.


September 2014

Lantern Tours
September 6, 2014 at 7pm and 8pm
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. Runs every Saturday night, May 17 - September 6, except July 26 . $7.30 per person. A family-friendly, wheelchair accessible event. Tours take approximately 30 minutes. Pre-registration is recommended, please call 403-845-3524 to reserve.

Banff Culture Days
September 27-28, 2014



October 2014

History Comes Back to Haunt You
October 22-25, 2014 (after hours only, Cave and Basin closed during the day)
Who is haunting the Cave and Basin National Historic Site? Is it the notorious Scottish caretaker who leads you on, with his lantern and wild stories? Or the ghosts of bathers past? What really went on in the dim corners of Dr. Brett's Sanatorium? Join us after hours and after dark to experience the thrills and chills of ghostly encounters at the birthplace of Canada's national parks. Parks Canada is brewing up a family-friendly Halloween treat.