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 happened upon the thermal springs, sparking a series of events that led to the creation of Canada’s first national park. Today, the site is a gathering place for sharing stories about conservation and the connection between people and the land in Parks Canada administered places. Visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits, short films, seasonal activities, and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.
Visit Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Activities and experiences
Things to do, events, trails, experiences, programs and tours.
Plan your visit
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.
Safety and guidelines
Important bulletins, trail conditions, weather and avalanche conditions, seasonal safety, park regulations.
About Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Culture and history
History, culture, cultural landscape, designation information.
Stewardship and management
Site management and plans.
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.
More places to discover with Parks Canada
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
Discover a historic trading post along the North Saskatchewan River and immerse yourself in stories of Indigenous Peoples and legendary explorers.
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Explore the oldest natural history museum in western Canada and its 5,000+ vintage botanical and zoological specimens — from bears and bighorns, to birds and bees.
Banff National Park
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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