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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.

December 

Sing-Along Messiah with the Bow Valley Chorus
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Doors open at 4:30 pm
Concert 5 to 6 pm

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

New Year’s Eve, Voyageur Style
Banff Avenue Square
Saturday, December 31st, 2016
7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Celebrate with fur traders and Métis trappers from Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. Share bannock over a fire and learn about the Canada 150 Voyageur Rendezvous Canoe Race from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, to The Pas, Manitoba. Crawl inside a tipi. Lie on a bed of bison fur and wake up your imagination. While in Banff Avenue Square, learn about Parks Canada's 2017 program offer during Canada's 150th and take your photo with Parka!

January

New Year’s Day–Voyageurs at the Cave
Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Noon to 4 p.m.

Start your year in voyageur style, with fur traders and Métis trappers from Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. Share bannock over a fire and learn about the Canada 150 Voyageur Rendezvous Canoe Race from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, to The Pas, Manitoba.

Winter Carnival at the Cave
Daily
From its earliest days the Cave and Basin was a hotspot for the wild and wacky Banff Winter Carnival. This year we mark the Carnival’s 100th birthday with old time movies and music, an ice palace and slide, bonfires, curling activities and other winter games and stories, plus a photo exhibit in collaboration with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Movie Mash-up—The Thrill of the Hill
Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Doors open at 7, program runs 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Join us for another movie mash-up (indoors) featuring downhill skiing / filmmaking legend Eddie Hunter and stars of the slopes today. Classic 1940s footage of the Banff Winter Carnival paired with contemporary ski movies—all capturing the sheer fun of skiing in the Rockies. A collaboration with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies Archives.
Admission at door: $10.80

Chocolate—A Taste of the Past
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Noon to 5 p.m.
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 HERITAGE® Division of Mars Canada Inc. for a chocolatey-sweet family-friendly event.

Whiskey and Chocolate
Saturday, January 21
7 to 9 p.m.
Join CBC’s culinary expert, John Gilchrist, in raising a glass to Canada’s 150th. Sip on a stellar line-up of Canada’s finest whiskeys perfectly paired with exquisite chocolates and an evening of entertainment. In proud collaboration with award-winning Cococo Chocolatiers and the Banff Hospitality Collective. Free Roam shuttle bus to/from Banff Information Centre, departing 6:15pm, returning 9pm.
$40

February

Celebrating Night Skies at the Cave
Daily
Throughout the month of February, discover the magic of the night sky with photo exhibits, films and special weekend programming including an inflatable planetarium, stargazing and night photography workshops.

Photo Moments with Amar
Saturday, February 11, 2017
7 to 9 p.m.
Join local nature and wildlife photographer Amar Athwal as he re-visits some of his favourite photographic “moments”” of the past year. Hear stories about how he “got the shot”. Bring your sweetheart to a special Valentine’s edition of this favourite annual program at the Cave.
$3.90 per person, payable at the door.

Star Search at the Cave
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Join us under the stars at the Cave and Basin. Step inside an inflatable planetarium for a 180° night sky view. Then head outside with interpreters from the Royal Alberta Astronomical Society and their top notch telescopes to view the wonders of the world above.
Doors/planetarium open 7 p.m., 8:30 to 11 p.m.–outdoor viewing with telescopes
$10.80 per person, payable at the door.

March

ParticipACTION 150 Play List—Curling at the Cave
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Noon to 4 p.m,

Take part in some quintessential Canadian fun with curling activities on the historic pool deck.

Cinema under the Stars
Saturday, March 25, 2017
5 to 8 p.m.

A special family-friendly movie night at the Cave and Basin. Step inside an inflatable planetarium for a 180° night sky view. Then head outside with your blanket and hot chocolate to watch a fun movie – with stars on the screen and stars overhead!
$10.80 per person, payable at the door.
5 p.m. - Doors open, planetarium open
6 to 7 p.m. – Outdoor movie screening
7 to 8 p.m. – Stargazing with telescopes

April

National Canadian Film Day (Canada 150 Signature Experience, led by REEL Canada)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
On April 19, 2017, great Canadian movies will be available via broadcast, online and at over 600 screenings in cinemas, libraries, public squares and anywhere you can show a film. With free events happening across every province and territory, many involving Canadian film talent, NCFD 150 — a Canada 150 Signature Project — promises to be the largest film festival in the world.

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.

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