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5. Cave & Basin


The Cave and Basin has been a historically significant site for Indigenous Peoples for over 10,000 years. It was rediscovered in 1883, by three railway workers from Canadian Pacific Railway and became part of Banff National Park when it was established in 1885. The Cave and Basin was recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1981 and its sulphurous, geothermal hot spring near Sulphur Mountain continues to be a major draw for visitors to Banff.

Guests can visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site Museum to learn more about the history of the area, and enjoy interactive exhibits and short films. Visitors can also explore a tunnel to a natural grotto, and see a replica of the 1887 bathhouse and the restored 1916 swimming pool. After visiting the museum, discover beautiful hiking trails in the surrounding area.

*Museum admission not included.

Departure Times

11:00 | 13:15 | 15:45 | 18:00
Scheduled stops are approximate and may vary as much as 15 minutes depending on driving conditions.