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In the Beginning

Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Alberta As people flocked to the thermal waters for their healing powers, the natural basin was enlarged to accommodate them.
Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Alberta.
© Library and Archives Canada. Circa 1890s

More than 100 years ago railroaders discovered the rejuvenating qualities of the mineralized waters at what is now Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff. When various people claimed rights to the springs, the federal government protected the area and the surrounding 26 square kilometres “from sale or settlement or squatting.” Hence Banff National Park became Canada’s first national park in 1885 and brought forth a long line of guardians and guides, partners and storytellers, all of whom are passionate about Canada’s national treasures.


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