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Travel Trade - Discovery Tour

This tour is not offered at this time. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 information page

Experience nature, culture and history just minutes from Banff Avenue. Impressive architecture, bubbling mineral waters, and an accessible underground cave gave rise to a huge idea, the birthplace of Parks Canada administered places.

  • Year round
  • Program lasts 45 minutes
  • Group reservations are required

As the birthplace of Parks Canada administered places, Cave and Basin NHS connects visitors to the essence of Banff National Park, through nature, culture and history. The sulphurous hot springs were used by Indigenous Peoples for millennia, gathering here for trade and bathing in the healing waters. When three railway workers stumbled upon the springs in 1883, these thermal waters soon became a major draw for international visitors. On the six-stop Discovery Tour, visitors take an easy boardwalk stroll over pristine marshlands, and learn about Banff's storied past all in the location that started one of the world’s greatest conservation movements.

After the tour, explore the historic 1914 bathing pavilion, where swimmers once enjoyed the warm thermal waters. Enjoy a giant 4-screen, HD journey through Parks Canada’s stunning administered places that stretch from sea, to sea, to sea and the interactive exhibits in the Story Hall. Experience the dancing lights of the underground Cave and the beauty of the outdoor Basin where an endangered species of snail makes it home.

Special notes
  • Custom tour times
  • Group reservations are required
  • This experience is outdoors, be prepared, weather can change at any time
  • Discovery Tour includes stairs and boardwalks, please inquire for accessible Discovery Tour
  • Suitable for groups and FIT (Fully Independent Travellers), maximum 28 per guide
  • Available in French upon request
  • Motorcoach parking available
  • Washrooms on site
  • Gift shop located in Welcome Centre



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This experience is part of Destination Canada’s Canadian Signature Experiences collection, which shows the world the best that Canada has to offer. See all of Parks Canada’s Canadian Signature Experiences.