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

Two young women walking on the boardwalk


Trailhead: At the parking lot of the Cave & Basin National Historic Site.
For a small fee, visit the birthplace of Canada's National Parks at the Cave & Basin National Historic Site.

Discovery Boardwalk Trail
Walk along the 0.4 km Discovery Boardwalk Trail above the bathing pavilion to see the cave vent and the location of the former Hotel. View the two smaller springs bubbling from the mountainside and the pools filled with pink bacteria, white and green algae, small fish, and insects.

Marsh Boardwalk Trail
Explore the 0.5 km Marsh Boardwalk Trail below the building to find out more about the natural history of this area. Look for the fish and bird life that live in the wetlands below.

Sundance Trail
7.4 km round trip. Enjoy a safe walk along these trails by watching for wildlife and giving them the space they need.

Marsh Loop
This 2.5 km Marsh Loop provides brilliant views of the mountains, and good winter birding opportunities. A series of boardwalk trails allow you to explore the unique environment of the thermal springs.