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 the first national park in Canada. Today, the site is a gathering place for sharing stories about conservation and the connection between people and the land. 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.

About Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Culture and history

History, culture, cultural landscape, designation information.

Stewardship and management

Site management and plans.

How to get here

Contact us

+1-403-762-1566 |

For emergencies within the site:
Banff Dispatch, non-emergency (24 hours):
(403) 762-1470

Hours of operation

May 15 to October 15, 2024
Open daily: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.* 

*July 11, 2024: 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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