Tours and programs

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Natural History Tour

Explore the biodiversity of the wetland area surrounding the Cave and Basin, where snakes, fish, birds, bears, microbes, snails, flowers, and humans all...

Cave and Basics Tour

A quick introduction to all the highlights Cave and Basin National Historic Site has to offer.

Lantern Tour

Rely on your other senses and explore Cave and Basin after dark with only lantern for light.


Memories await

From forest walks to Xplorers Club, check out the unique experiences at the Cave and Basin.

Resilience and Change

This summer, Cave and Basin National Historic Site presents programs that explore and celebrate “Resilience and Change”.

The past few years have presented many challenges, and have truly tested our resilience. “Resilience” is our ability to overcome challenges and adapt to change. It’s about “being flexible and strong in a world where things go wrong”.

From personal and community resilience to ecological resilience, these programs highlight our strength, flexibility and adaptation in the face of change.

Come relax, restore, and discover how communities and ecosystems have learned to adapt and thrive in the face of so much challenge and change!

Location: Pool Deck and Galletly Building

Daily: May 15 - October 15, 2023

Times: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mural Boxes Project

Celebrate Indigenous perspectives of Banff and the Cave and Basin, through a public art initiative sharing visual stories from a diversity of Indigenous communities. Featuring colorful murals by regional Indigenous artists, developed through a partnership between Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and Parks Canada.

Location: Outdoors beside Parking Lot and Pool Deck

Daily: June 15 - October 15, 2023

Piikani Stories of Resilience

What makes us resilient in times of change? Piikani Stories of Resilience shares insight on hope, courage, spirit and land from seven members of Alberta’s Blackfoot community. Parks Canada is honoured to present this photo exhibit in collaboration with Piikani Lands Department and The Resilience Institute.

Location: Pool Deck

Daily: June 15 - October 15, 2023

Times: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Biodiversity Tower Tumble

This summer, challenge your family or friends to a game of ecological survival! How many species can you remove from the ecosystem before it collapses?

Location: Pool Deck

Snakes and Snails: Resilience Edition

Resilience is our ability to adapt to change.

How resilient are you? This summer, find out by playing this giant board game that’s fun for the whole family!

Location: Pool Deck

Xplorers Club
Activity Booklet

Pick up an Xplorers club booklet during your visit to Cave and Basin National Historic Site where youth can become a slime sleuth, snail detective and more as they ‘xplore’ the site.

  • This activity booklet has a dozen fun activities.
  • At the end of this self-guided challenge, don’t forget to ask a Parks Canada staff member to sign your Xplorers certificate and receive a souvenir!

Exhibits

Visit year-round for interpretive exhibits, movies, and seasonal activities.

Imagine a country!

Imagine a Country is an interactive exhibit at the Cave and Basin where you’re invited to share your vision for an ideal country.

Conservation is about preserving what we most value in culture and nature. The places, objects and stories we protect help us to understand who we are, where we have been, and where we are going.

What would you choose to protect for future generations?

Conservation starts with you…

Free with Banff National Park admission


You can also participate at home!
Share your vision with us on social media:
  1. Download the Imagine a country file (PDF, 414 Ko)
  2. Print the page that contains the sentence that inspires you and complete it
  3. Take a picture and share your vision on your social media, #ImagineACountry, #ParksCanada

HTML version
Imagine a country, pink graphic
  • In my dream country, society would protect ...
  • In my dream country, we would remember ...
  • In my dream country, my fist act of conservation would be ...
  • In my dream country, an important story to tell is ...
  • In my dream country, an important thing to preserve for future generations would be ...
First World War Internment Exhibit

Through National Historical Recognition Program funding, Parks Canada has created an exhibit to increase awareness about Canada's First World War internment operations 1914-1920. The 1,000 ft2 exhibit, located adjacent to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff National Park, includes interactive touch-screens, mixed media and two-dimensional displays that encourage visitors to discover at their own pace and reach their own conclusions about a difficult and challenging time in Canadian history.

Learn more

 

Free with Banff National Park admission

Movies

4-Screen HD Movie

Enjoy the 4 screen HD movie in our Story Hall that takes you to national and cultural treasures Parks Canada administered places across Canada - from sea, to sea, to sea. (11 minutes long)

Location: Story Hall


A Glimpse of the Precarious Existence of The Sublimate Organism

Get an up-close look at the endangered Banff Springs Snail. This inconspicuous creature is about the size of a popcorn kernel! This video by Noel Bégin gives you a glimpse into its enigmatic world. (10 minutes long)

Location: Basin 


Story Stations

Through a series of interactive video displays, discover the story of natural and cultural treasures administered by Parks Canada from 1885 to today. (10 different cartoons, each 2 minutes long)

Location: Story Hall


Wellspring: A Journey of Water

This movie showcases the Cave, hot springs and thermal marsh landscape of Cave and Basin National Historic Site, using only images and sound. Follow the journey of hot spring water as it flows through the site on a gorgeous and steamy Spring morning in early May, 2021. (11 minutes long)

Location: Galletly Building, 2nd floor Theater 

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