Okay, so we’ve all heard of Banff National Park, right? The picturesque, too-good-to-be-true scenic bombshell that operates as one of the most convincing parts in getting tourists to visit Canada. From the soaring mountains to the turquoise water of nearby Lake Louise, Banff is a significant addition to the country's beauty.

Although the surface of the national park is what draws people in, many don’t know that there is an even more Insta-worthy experience far below the popular landmarks — the Cave and Basin Historic Site.

Located within the Rocky Mountains, the Cave and Basin is a natural thermal hot spring that enchants everyone who sees it. After three railway workers stumbled into the cave in 1883, the area has been one of Alberta’s — and Canada’s — best kept secrets.

A small yet informative museum, the hot springs are kind of essential to the whole Banff National Park system existing. Once you make your way through the short tunnel to the cavern, you will learn more about the history of the park while also having the pleasure of experiencing a sulphur scent and viewing the turquoise water.

With various exhibits and a four-screen visual experience of the national parks across Canada, there is something for everyone to value about your time at the Cave and Basin site.

Cave And Basin National Historic Site

Price: $7.90; $15.24 for access to the hot springs

Address: 311 Cave Ave., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: To experience the wonders of a cave under the mountains paired up with a hot spring.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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