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

Events calendar

Photo Moments of 2015.Saturday, February 6, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


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 
Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 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.  

Snowdays 2016

Celebrate SnowDays at Cave and Basin
January 15 to February 7
Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Old time movies and music, ice palace, snow slide, costumed historical characters, snow sculpting, bonfires and curling (curling stones available). Ongoing through January, the historic Winter Carnival photography exhibition, in partnership with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
Free with site entry  

Voices from the Archives: Mary Schäffer
January 20, 21, 27, 28, February 3 and 4,
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Free with site entry
Join Laurie Schwartz from Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT as she delves into the intriguing life of explorer, artist and "mountain woman" Mary Schäffer with a dramatic reading of her unpublished writing, illustrated by images from the Whyte Museum Archives.

Making Tracks – Family Snowshoe Tour
Saturday, January 30 and February 6
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Adults $39, Seniors $38.50, Youth (6-16) $37.00
Experience the magic of winter with snowshoe activities on Banff’s Marsh Loop Trail. Afterwards, cosy up with some well-deserved chili, hot chocolate, and Rocky Mountain storytelling (for families with kids ages 6-12). Presented in partnership with MEC. To register: 403-762-1534 or

The Wild Rockies - Photo Exhibit
January 30 to February 28
Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free with site entry
Wildness—a big bold idea—captured in images by those who live it every day. Mountain park staff (from Banff, Kootenay, Yoho, Glacier, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Waterton Lakes national parks) showcase the best of their photographs. “The Wild Rockies” presents stunning close-ups of wildlife, dramatic shots of wild fires, small quiet moments and vast mountain landscapes. Part of the Exposure 2016 Photography Festival.

Movies for a Nickel 
Sunday, January 31 and February 7
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Free with site entry
Experience the whirr and clack of the old 16mm projector as Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT dusts off some classic celluloid from days gone by.

Photo Moments of 2015 
Saturday, February 6
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Site entry fees apply
Join local nature and wildlife photographer Amar Athwal as he re-visits some of his favourite “moments” of 2015. Amar will present photographic highlights of the beauty of our surrounding mountains and its wildlife, and tell stories about how he “got the shot”. A wonderful way to warm up on a mid-winter evening.