UPDATE: Starting September 1, 2021, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site will begin to offer modified access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Information will be updated regularly. Find details here.
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, 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.
Hours of operation
Wednesday to Sunday, and Holiday Mondays
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
Two centuries ago trappers, traders and the First Nation Peoples shared the rugged western frontier of Canada. At Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site - be a part of the story. Explore, hike, camp and discover their challenges and triumphs.
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Explore the Victorian-era collection, while admiring the stately 1903 museum, a log masterpiece and the oldest surviving federal building in any Canadian national park.
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.