The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is a world-class example of how Parks Canada protects and conserves natural resources and cultural history. Awaken your senses to the sulphurous smell of the turquoise thermal water bubbling up in the Cave and Basin pools, see what inspired the creation of Canada’s first national park.

  • Year round
  • Program lasts 1 hour
  • Group reservations are required
  • Program Fee $73.60/group (28 max), per hour
  • $3.40 /person

Walk through the historic 1914 Bathing Pavilion designed by Walter Painter, architect of the Banff Springs Hotel. Spot the endangered Banff Springs Snail – the only place in the world where you can see them. Look out at the timeless, jaw-dropping views of the Bow Valley that have inspired people to gather at this special place for millennia. After the guided tour, you can enjoy some free time to explore the site, including a large 4 screen HD movie experience, exhibits and endless photo opportunities.

Add a 1-hour ‘Biodiversity Experience’:

Explore the biodiversity of the marsh land and hot springs area surrounding the Cave and Basin- where garter snakes, blue herons, chipmunks, fish, microbial mats and the Banff Springs Snail all share a connection with the sulphur-rich thermal waters. A Parks Canada interpreter will show you why this place has captured the interest of scientists and nature enthusiasts over generations.


Special Notes

  • Group reservations are required
  • This experience is outdoors, be prepared, weather can change at any time
  • Site has limited accessibility; please inquire for accessible tour
  • There is a 28 maximum number of people allowed on the experience
Travel trade
  • Suitable for large groups
  • Suitable for small groups
  • Group reservations are required
  • Available in French upon request
  • Motorcoach parking available
  • Washrooms on site
  • Gift shop