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

Events Calendar

December 2014

Sing-Along Messiah at the Cave and Basin with the Bow Valley Chorus
Sunday December 7th, 2014. Doors open at 4:30pm, concert 5-6 pm.
Fee: $3.90, and cash or toy donations to Santa’s Anonymous

Outdoor concert on the historic pool deck. Dress for the weather and bring a blanket for comfort. Songbooks provided at the door. Warm drinks, wine and beer on sale.

SNOWDAYS 2015 (Jan. 10-Feb 8, 2015)

Saturday Night Winter Fun
Every Saturday (except January 24th), open late to 10 p.m.
Free with site entry

Old time movies and music, ice palace and slide, bonfires, curling and skating (bring your own skates). And throughout January, check out the historic Winter Carnival photography exhibition in partnership with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
The Café will remain open, selling hot chocolate, beer, wine and snacks.

Chocolate—A Taste of the Past
Saturday January 10 - 3 - 9 p.m.
Free with site entry

Discover the distinctive flavours of a hot chocolate recipe dating to the mid-1700s. Learn how to make chocolate from cocoa beans. Join chocolate experts from The Historic Division of Mars for a chocolatey-sweet family-friendly event.

Gone Curling—Mountain Movie Mash-up
Saturday January 17 - Films start at 7 p.m., indoor and outdoor screens
Free with site entry

After a day of watching All-Star Curling in Banff, join us after-hours for a mash-up of curling movies, old and new. Come early and test your hand at throwing a rock on the fantastic plastic rink. Café open selling hot chocolate, beer, wine and snacks.

Scotch and Chocolate Tasting — a Toast to Robbie Burns
Saturday January 24th - 7 – 8:30 p.m.
For tickets contact the Cave and Basin Café at
Fee: $35

Raise a glass to Scotland’s favourite son. Explore the fascinating world of single malt whiskies and exotic chocolates with Parks Canada's resident connoisseurs, the 78th Highlanders from the Halifax Citadel, and other colourful characters of Scottish lore. This only in Banff event is brought to you in partnership between Parks Canada and the Cave and Basin Café. “Lang may your lum reek!”

The Wild Rockies Photo Exhibit
January 31 to March 1
Wednesdays through Sundays, noon – 4 p.m. (Saturdays noon – 10 p.m.)

Free with site entry
(Exhibit opening: January 31, 5-7pm. Free.)

Wildness—a big bold idea—captured in images by those who live it every day. Mountain park staff (from Banff, Lake Louise Yoho Kootenay, Jasper, and Waterton 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 2015 Photography Festival.

Photo Moments of 2014
Wednesday, February 4 - 7 – 9 p.m.
A free event

Join local nature and wildlife photographer Amar Athwal as he re-visits some of his favourite “moments” of 2014. 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.