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

Events calendar


Malcolm Carmichael / Alpine Peak Photography

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 
Saturdays and Sundays 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.

March

ParticipACTION 150 Play List— Curling at the Cave
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Noon to 5 p.m.

Take part in some quintessential Canadian fun with curling activities on the historic pool deck. ParticipACTION team is coming to Banff to get Canadians moving, try something new, and prove how Canadian you really are!

Movie Mash-up— Curling with “Johnny Mo” Morris!
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday March 25, 2017 
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join us for an evening hosted by Canadian Olympian curler John Morris. Curling movies, old and new, and first-hand stories of bonspiel bonanzas and Olympic Gold.
$10.80 per person, payable at the door.

April

National Canadian Film Day at the Cave
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (short films); 7 p.m. special screening of Iron Road
A nation-wide film festival brought to you by REEL Canada. During the day, watch some of Canada’s finest short films. Come back after hours for a special screening of the award- winning film Iron Road, an epic tale of forbidden love set against the building of the Canadian railway in the 1880s.

Banff BioBlitz 150
Saturday April 22, 2017
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join knowledgeable leaders to help conduct amphibian surveys in the lower Bow Valley of Banff National Park.
www.bioblitzbanff.eventbrite.ca

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism presents Concert at the Cave
Friday April 28, 2017
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

May

Trains Trains Trains
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
May 20 to October, 2017
Pull into the Cave and Basin for a season of celebrating trains. Journey back to the 1880s to a rough-and-tumble railway labour camp. Discover how the hot springs put Banff on the map for train passengers from across the country and around the world. Ride the rails on a hand car, test your strength and skill at spike-driving on a High “Spiker”, and so much more.

Model Trains at the Cave
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28, 2017

Bring the family for a weekend of mini trains and maxi fun. Dozens of model railway enthusiasts showcase tiny trains from the steam era. Hop aboard the ¼ scale CP train, the Puffer Belly Express (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

June

Cave Lantern Tours
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday nights, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017. 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
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday June 10, 2017
10:00 a.m. to noon 12:00 p.m.

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

July

Lady Agnes
Cave & Basin National Historic Site
Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The intrepid wife of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Lady Agnes Macdonald, regales visitors with her account of riding the Canadian Pacific Railway from “summit to sea” – on the cowcatcher of the train.

Hobo Campfire Singalong
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturdays, 1:30-2:00 p.m. and 2:30-3:00 p.m.

Rest your bones by the side of the tracks and enjoy catchy train tunes and comic sketches, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

Cave Lantern Tours
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday nights, July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017. Two tours/night, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 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.

Iron Horses and Lego Trains
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Friday July 7 and Saturday July 8, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join special guests from Iron Horse Park (Airdrie) and climb aboard a 1/8th scale train to ride the mini rails along the historic pool deck at the Cave and Basin. Check out dozens of lego miniature model train sets, and try making one of your own.

Drawn to Nature
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday July 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

August

Hobo Campfire Singalong
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturdays, 1:30-2:00 p.m. and 2:30-3:00 p.m.

Rest your bones by the side of the tracks and enjoy catchy train tunes and comic sketches, presented by Parks Canada's own theatre troupe, Mountain WIT.

Cave Lantern Tours
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday nights, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017. Two tours/night, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 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
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday August 19, 2017
10 a.m. to noon

Be part of a special artistic and cultural collaboration in an outdoor painting session. Work alongside a painting instructor and an indigenous knowledge keeper to learn new ways of seeing and interpreting the natural world. In collaboration with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281 or walter_phillips_gallery@banffcentre.ca.

September

Songs and Spirits of Canada
(Alberta Culture Days event)
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday September 30, 2017
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Journey across Canada in song. Live music, a platter of Canadian fare and a cash bar featuring all Canadian spirits.

October

Songs and Spirits of Canada
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Saturday October 28, 2017
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Journey across Canada in song. Live music, a platter of Canadian nibbles, and a cash bar featuring all Canadian spirits.

November

Hometown Heroes
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
November 8 - 19, 2017
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Get to know the stories of Banff’s own First World War Hometown Heroes.
Photo exhibits, historical movies, recruitment activities and more.

December

Bow Valley Chorus at the Cave
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Sunday December 3, 2017
Doors open at 4:30 pm, concert 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Sing along to Handel’s Messiah and favourite carols under the full moon on the historic pool deck. Songbooks provided. Dress for the weather.
Cash ($3.90, $3.40 Seniors, $1.90 Youth) or toy donations to Santa’s Anonymous