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

Events calendar

 

ONGOING

Cave Lantern Tours
Saturday nights, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
May 30 – September 5, 2015
It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. All your senses awaken as the light from your lantern casts 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. $10.80 per person. A family-friendly, wheelchair accessible event. Pre-registration is recommended and group Lantern Tours are also available, please call 403-845-3524.

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
Daily, 11 a.m. and 2:30 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.

JULY

Canada Day (Free)
July 1, 2015 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate Canadian history at the birthplace of Canada's national parks with family friendly programming. Free admission all day.

On His 200th Birthday…
July 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2015. Two 30-minute shows/day, noon and 1 p.m.
Get a selfie with Canada’s first prime minister! Sir John A. Macdonald stops by the Cave and Basin to regale you with stories from his incredible nation-building career.
Site entry fees apply.

Drawn to Nature
July 18, 2015 - 10 a.m. to noon
In collaboration with The Banff Centre's Walter Phillips Gallery, explore still-life sketching along the marsh boardwalk trails. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281.

Parks Day Teddy Bear Picnic
July 18, 2015 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bring your favourite teddy bear to the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. Learn about bears and other wildlife with friends from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Meet Parka! Family-friendly games and activities, and songs around the campfire at Parks Canada Equipped Campsite.
Site entry fees apply.

Enlist in The Great War
Downtown Banff  - July 31, 2015 - Noon to 4 p.m.
Follow the vintage Model T Ford in full regalia as it rolls through Banff. Stop by the recruiting station and sign up for duty overseas, a century ago. An off-site program of Cave and Basin National Historic Site, commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

WW1 Tavern Night at the Cave
July 31 (see also August 1 and 2) - 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Journey back to Banff in the days of the First World War. The world was in turmoil and yet people rallied together. Live music of the era, soldiers in period costume, stories, films, pub grub, cash bar. Feature beer brewed just for this event by Banff Avenue Brew Company. A night at the tavern, a night to remember.
$35 per person (price includes a commemorative beer stein and first beer “on the house”)
For tickets, call 403-845-6680. .

AUGUST

Remembering the Great War
August 1 and 2, 2015 - 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
Mark the centenary of the Great War with friends from Signal Hill National Historic Site. Be a soldier for a day. March alongside others in First World War uniform. Learn about Banff’s connections to the war, both overseas and on the home front.
Site entry fees apply.

Tavern Night at the Cave
August 1 and 2, 2015 (see also July 31) - 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Journey back to Banff in the days of the First World War. The world was in turmoil and yet people rallied together. Live music of the era, soldiers in period costume, stories, films, pub grub, cash bar. Feature beer brewed just for this event by Banff Avenue Brew Company. A night at the tavern, a night to remember.
$35 per person (price includes a commemorative beer stein and first beer “on the house”)
For tickets, call 403-845-6680.

Hometown Heroes—The Boys from Banff
August 8, 2015 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Some came home, some did not. Follow the story of the Woodworth brothers and renowned guide Sid Unwin and other Banff boys who fought in the First World War. From their popular series, “Voices from the Archives”, Parks Canada's Mountain WIT re-traces wartime stories through dramatic readings from letters home, diaries and newspaper articles from the Crag & Canyon.
Site entry fees apply.

Mountain Movie Mash-up: Deep Powder Paradise
August 8, 2015 - Doors open 9:30 p.m. Program starts 10 p.m.
Join us for another late night movie mash-up presented by mountaineering legend and historian Chic Scott. Classic footage by filmmaker and mountain pioneer Hans Gmoser and local filmmaker Adam Greenberg. Backcountry skiing at its highest and finest!
Rain or moon-shine. (Indoors if raining.) Bring a blanket or chair. Café open serving popcorn, beer, wine and snacks.
Admission at door: $10.80

Drawn to Nature
August 8, 2015 - 10 a.m. to noon
In collaboration with The Banff Centre's Walter Phillips Gallery, explore still-life sketching along the marsh boardwalk trails. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Materials will be provided. Advance registration is required through the Walter Phillips Gallery, 403-762-6281.

Voices from the Camps
August 15, 2015 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Until recently, this chapter of Banff's First World War story was largely untold. Discover what led to the creation of the internment camp near the Cave and Basin and Castle Mountain. From their popular series, “Voices from the Archives”, Parks Canada's Mountain WIT reveals stories through dramatic readings from the perspectives of both internees and guards.
Site entry fees apply.

Internment Exhibit Guided Tours (Free)
Behind Cave and Basin National Historic Site
- August 15, 2015 - 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
When the First World War began, there was widespread suspicion that immigrants from enemy countries might be disloyal. The federal government set up internment camps for so-called “enemy aliens”. One camp was built here in Banff National Park. Join a guided tour of the exhibit that captures the stories of Canada’s First World War internment operations.
Meet at the internment exhibit building, at the trailhead for Sundance Trail, behind Cave and Basin NHS. Free admission.

SEPTEMBER

Star Search
September 5, 2015
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 guides from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and their top notch telescopes to view the wonders of the world above.
7pm – Doors open, planetarium open.
8:30pm – Outdoor viewing with telescopes (until 11pm)
$10.80 per person, payable at the door.
For more information, call 403-762-1566.