Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Cave and Basin has been a special place for Indigenous Peoples for over ten thousand years and continues to be so to this day. In 1883, three railway workers found the thermal springs, sparking a series of events that led to the creation of Canada’s first national park. Today, visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits, short films, seasonal activities, and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.
Visit Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Things to do, events, trails, experiences, programs and tours.
How to get here, facilities and services, how to plan ahead and other important information to help you plan your trip.
Daily visitor fees, program fees and more. Free admission for youth.
Daily and annual admission passes.
Important bulletins, trail conditions, weather and avalanche conditions, seasonal safety, park regulations.
Contact Cave and Basin National Historic Site
For emergencies within the site:
Banff Dispatch, non-emergency (24 hours): (403) 762-1470
Hours of operation
National Historic Site access: Wednesday to Sunday, and Holiday Mondays
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Founded in 1885, Banff is Canada’s first national park and part of the first national park system in the world. With its soaring peaks, azure lakes and abundant wildlife, this Rocky Mountain park attracts millions of visitors every year.
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