Discovery Tour

Experience history and nature just minutes from Banff Avenue. On this 45-minute stroll along lush marsh boardwalks, you will meet colourful characters from Banff’s past and learn why Cave and Basin became the birthplace of Canada’s national parks. Join us and open your senses to jaw-dropping views and bubbling hot springs that have inspired people to visit this special place for millennia. 

Tours are included with your site entry fee and run three times daily in the summer at 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Cave and Basics Tour 

Looking for a quick introduction to all the highlights Cave and Basin has to offer? Join us for this accessible 30-minute indoor tour of the 1914 Bathing Pavilion and its many hidden wonders—from Indigenous significance and historic architecture, to a mysterious cave and the birth of Canada’s national parks, to the tiny and endangered Banff Springs Snail and a giant 4-screen movie.

Tours are included with your site entry fee and run two times daily in the summer at 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Check back for winter tour times. 

Arts & Crafts

While visiting the Cave and Basin pool deck, be sure to stop in at the Arts & Crafts tent, where your imagination rules. From puppets to colouring and butterfly making, this spot is ideal for young ones ages 3-12. 

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Billy’s Railway Camp

Stop by Billy’s Railway Camp and go back in time to meet one of the historic railway workers whose exploration at Cave and Basin led to the establishment of Canada’s first national park in 1885. 
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Hope Springs Internal 

Stop by this station near the Basin and learn about Banff’s mineral hot springs, their historic reputation as “healing waters”, and the science behind the hype that drove early medical tourism in Banff National Park. 

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