Tour Banff National Park Cave and Basin at Night
The Cave and Basin thermal hot springs are part of Alberta’s Banff National Park. Fed by the rain and snow that falls on the slopes of Sulphur Mountain, water filters down through the cracks and pores in the mountain rock to 3 kilometres below the surface. Heated by the earth’s molten core, the water eventually resurfaces creating a mineral-rich oasis for a diversity of plant and animal life, and a world-class attraction.
Expect to see brilliant pink bacteria, white and blue-green algae, small fish, and insects, delicate orchids, harmless garter snakes, and many bird species. Also, be on the lookout for elk, deer, coyotes and signs of a wolf or bears.
Daily tours of Banff National Park Cave and Basin include but are not limited to:
###Cave Lantern Tours
Saturday nights, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
May 30 – September 5, 2015
$10.80 per person
Family-friendly, wheelchair accessible event
###Xplore Cave and Basin!
Kids aged 6-11
$1.90 per child
Daily, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (45 minutes)
Site entry fees apply
Check out the Banff National Park Cave and Basin special events listings as well.
Hours of Operation - 2015
January 1 - May 12 (Wednesday – Sunday): 12 noon – 4 p.m.
May 13 - June 30 (Tuesday - Sunday): 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
July 1 – September 6 (Daily): 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
September 7 – October 11 (Wednesday – Sunday): 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 12 – May 17, 2016 (Wednesday – Sunday): 12 noon – 4 p.m.
Before becoming part of this government-protected land, the 26 km² Cave and Basin section of the Park was part of a land claim dispute that resulted in the creation of the Hot Springs Reserve, in 1885. On June 23, 1887, the Hot Springs Reserve was expanded to encompass 665 km² under the Rocky Mountains Park Act and officially became Rocky Mountains National Park – the first national park in Canada – eventually becoming Banff National Park through the National Parks Act of 1930.
Banff National Park is situated 128 km (80 miles) west of Calgary, 401 km (250 miles) southwest of Edmonton and 850 km (500 mi) northeast of Vancouver. There is direct bus service connecting downtown Calgary and the Calgary International Airport with the town of Banff and village of Lake Louise.
Daily Admission Prices
Adult $ 3.90
Senior $ 3.40
Youth $ 1.90
Family/Group $ 9.80
Commercial Group, per person $ 3.40
School Groups, per student $ 1.90
School Groups, Entry and a Heritage Presentation Special Program, per student $ 2.90
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