Cave & Basin National Historic Site
Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
The Luxton Museum is essentially the story of the Alberta Aboriginal people with a strong emphasis on the Cree, Blackfoot, Blood and...
Banff Park Museum
Occupying an old wooden Canadian Pacific Railway building dating from 1903, this museum is a national historic site. Its exhibits – a...
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
The century-old Whyte Museum is more than just a rainy-day option. There is a beautiful gallery displaying some great pieces on an...
Banff Ave Brewing Co
An offshoot of the excellent Jasper Brewing Co, this brewpub opened in Banff in 2010. It's best for a drink of craft beer, brewed on the...
Stick the word 'French' in the marketing lingo and out come the ironed napkins, waiters in ties, snails (billed as 'escargot' because it...
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Cave & Basin National Historic Site information
Attention. National Historic Site ahead. The Canadian National Park system was effectively born at these hot springs, discovered accidently by three Canadian Pacific Railway employees on their day off in 1883, but known to Aboriginals for 10,000 years. Uncovering a thermal gold mine, the springs quickly became a bun fight for private businesses who offered facilities for bathers to enjoy the then trendy thermal treatments.
To avert an environmental catastrophe, the government stepped in, deciding to declare Banff Canada's first national park in order to preserve the springs. You can't swim here any more, but the site ropened as an impressive museum in May 2013 after a two-year restoration. Viewable is the original cave, the old outdoor springs and bathhouse (closed in 1971) and a lovingly curated cinematic display of Parks Canada's cache of 42 national parks. Leading out from the complex are two trails: an interpretive walk along boardwalks to the cave vent, and the 2.5km Marsh Loop Trail across the park's only natural river marsh.