UPDATE: Starting September 1, 2021, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site will begin to offer modified access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly. Find details here.

Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to experience the birthplace of Canada’s national parks and learn about the natural and cultural history of the mountains. Discover the hot water that seeps from the rocks, smell the minerals and explore the trails. Enjoy it on your own or take one of the many guided tours.

Hours of operation

Open daily
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Complete schedule

Visitation is high from noon to close. Consider visiting outside these hours.


Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.

Detailed fees list

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Planning to visit during COVID-19?

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