Cave and Basin Trails

Banff, Alberta

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The Cave and Basin appeals to visitors for many reasons. The idea for setting aside Canada’s national parks began here. Visitors can walk two short interpretive trails to the famous cave. Marsh Trail presents information on the unusual vegetation, fish, reptiles, and birds near the warm sulphur springs. Discovery Trail leads to the opening at the top of the cave and has displays dealing with the geology and the history of the site, including its role in forming Canada’s first national park. Each of these trails takes 10 minutes to walk, but you should plan to spend extra time browsing the displays and the natural features. Most people also want to visit the Cave, reached by a tunnel built in 1887. The adjacent swimming pool, now closed, was another popular attraction.

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"The Cave and Basin appeals to visitors for many reasons. The idea for setting aside Canada’s national parks began here. Visitors can walk two short interpretive trails to the famous cave. Marsh Trail presents information on the unusual vegetation, fish, reptiles, and birds near the warm sulphur springs.

Discovery Trail leads to the opening at the top of the cave and has displays dealing with the geology and the history of the site, including its role in forming Canada’s first national park. Each of these trails takes 10 minutes to walk, but you should plan to spend extra time browsing the displays and the natural features. Most people also want to visit the Cave, reached by a tunnel built in 1887. The adjacent swimming pool, now closed, was another popular attraction."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 40 minutes
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Cave and Basin Trails

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May 2018