Banff Jasper Collection

Cave And Basin National Historic Site

Discovered in 1883 by Canadian Pacific Railway workers William McCardell, his brother Tom, and their partner Frank McCabe, this natural hot spring would become the start of Canada's National Parks system.

At the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, learn all about the history of Banff National Park, the building of the railroad, and the importance of the National Parks system in Canada.

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As part of Canada's 150th birthday, Cave & Basin admission will be free for all guests in 2017.


  • Experience the birthplace of Canada's National Parks
  • Feel the warmth and embrace the scent of the mineral waters
  • See the Banff Springs snail - found nowhere else on Earth - and other unique plants and animals

2017 Operating Hours

16 Oct - 14 May 2018 Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
15 May - 15 Oct 2018 Daily 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • *25 & 26 December: Closed for Christmas and Boxing Day
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