Cave and Basin National Historic Site

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Cave and Basin National Historic Site: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Banff National Park: 1-Hour Bow River Horseback Ride

    1. Banff National Park: 1-Hour Bow River Horseback Ride

    Start the tour in Banff where you will meet a member of the riding office, who will check you in and provide you a helmet for your ride. From here, walk back outside into the sunshine and meet your trusty horse. Using a step, climb onto your horse under the direction of your guide, and learn some basic horseback riding techniques. Follow your guide along the tranquil Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin Hot springs - the original birthplace of Banff National Park. This area is home to wildlife in amongst the thick marshes and grassy meadows. Enjoy unspoiled views of the magnificent Rocky Mountains along the way. After a 1 hour of scenic horseback riding, return to the stables, where you'll disembark and say goodbye to your horse with some farewell pats.

    This was our first time horseback riding so we were a bit nervous but the team was so good at explaining everything and the horses were extremely well-trained!!!! It was soooo easy to navigate them. We absolutely enjoyed ourselves.

  • Banff: Winter Wonders Tour with Banff Gondola Ride

    2. Banff: Winter Wonders Tour with Banff Gondola Ride

    Get a classic Canadian wintertime experience in Banff on this tour. Sample some of the most quintessential winter moments in the area — snowshoeing at Lake Minnewanka, walking along steaming thermal waters, and marveling at clean, clear skies perfect for amazing photos. After complimentary pickup at one of the three pickup points in Banff, enjoy a scenic ride and learn interesting facts about the area from your knowledgeable tour guide. Make your first stop at the breathtaking Two Jack Lake, then continue to Lake Minnewanka to experience snowshoeing by this beautiful frozen lake surrounded by snowy peaks and snow-covered fir trees. Next, head to the iconic Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Here, see where the original Banff Hot Springs were found and learn about how Banff National Park began. Continue to the Bow Falls, a dramatic waterfall with a 9-meter (29-foot) drop that offers...

    Awesome tour, My husband and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Ellie (our tour guide) was very friendly and professional and went above and beyond to book my husband and I into the SkyBistro (which she didn’t have to do) so that we could have a romantic dinner together,We also left our bags in the bus at the bottom of Sulfur Mountain and our bags were brought to us (which they didn’t have to do) we were so happy she could do this for us. The snowshoe walk on lake minnewanka was jaw droppingly beautiful and after that Ellie made us a hot chocolate which was just perfect. Ellie and Brad (the driver) were funny, knew their stuff and my husband and I are so happy with the tour.

  • Banff: Sightseeing and Wildlife Minibus Tour

    3. Banff: Sightseeing and Wildlife Minibus Tour

    Get picked up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide. Get ready for a morning exploring the best viewpoints and historic landmarks in Banff. Along the way, hear how the 11,000-year-old human history of the Bow Valley changed when 3 railway workers rediscovered the historical Cave & Basin hot springs, now a National Historic Site. Learn about the local wildlife and behavior, habitat, and the importance of wildlife management practices in a national park while you keep your eyes peeled for animals such as elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. Spend your time enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to viewpoints, on the many stops of the tour.  During the tour, visit Bow Falls, where many iconic movies from the 1950s were filmed. See water crashing over ancient limestone creating a spectacle of sound and sight. Admire the famous Fairmont Banf...

    Very knowledgeable & fun. . Enjoyed every minute with Rob & Jeff on our second tour.

  • Banff: 3-Hour Bow Valley Loop Horseback Ride

    4. Banff: 3-Hour Bow Valley Loop Horseback Ride

    Start the tour in Banff where you will meet a member of the riding office, who will check you in and provide you a helmet for your ride. From here, walk back outside into the sunshine and meet your trusty horse. Set off on a 3-hour ride following your guide along winding trails through the Bow Valley's rustic terrain and grassy meadows. The ride continues past the tranquil Bow River and bubbling thermal waters of the historic Cave and Basin area to the Sundance Canyon Trail. As you ride into thick forest in this wildlife-rich area, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for elk and other animals. Finally, ride up Sulphur Mountain to the Windy Knoll viewpoint, where sweeping views over the Bow Valley await. On the return journey your small group will loop back to Warner Stables where you will disembark and give your trusty horse some much-deserved pats.

  • Banff Townsite: E-Bike Explorer

    5. Banff Townsite: E-Bike Explorer

    See Banff's highlights with a guided E-bike tour, traveling through Banff Townsite on a round trip with a distance of 16 km. Follow your guide and see the best of Banff Townsite on your own E-bike. Perfect for families, first-timers, and avid explorers. Discover the highlights as you pass Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, Banff Springs Hotel, Banff Downtown and Cave, and Basin National Historic Site.

    Chris was an amazing guide, we weren't expecting all the places he took us too. The ebikes were awesome, my wife and I enjoyed the ride and the hills too :). Overall, if you can ride a bike...you can handle this amazing scenic ride.

  • Banff: Horseback Ride with Cowboy Cookout BBQ Lunch

    6. Banff: Horseback Ride with Cowboy Cookout BBQ Lunch

    Meet your guide at the stables in Banff, where your adventure will begin. After check in at the office, walk back outside into the sunshine and meet your trusty horse. Climb onto your horse under the direction of your guide, and learn some basic horseback riding techniques.  Embark on a 1-hour ride along the Bow River and past the historic Cave and Basin hot springs towards the lunch spot at 3 Mile Cabin. Upon arrival, let the cook know how you would like your steak cooked or first try a round of lassoing or horseshoes. Tuck into your cooked-to-order steak along with a baked potato, cowboy baked beans, Caesar salad, buns, and dessert. This sheltered lunch spot has comfortable picnic benches and there's plenty of time to relax by the fire or try some western style games after lunch if you prefer. After your tasty lunch, take a 1-hour ride back along the Sulphur Mountain Trail and up and...

    Me and my mum did this and neither of us had ever been on a horse before but everyone there was so friendly and helpful and we really felt safe and comfortable the whole time! Our guide had amazing knowledge about history, the horses and the local area and was really sweet and great to listen to. The cookout was also great where we got to meet up with some of the other people that work there and help to run it, food was amazing and so was the company. A truly amazing experience that will be enjoyed by all! Thank you so much to everyone there that made it special for us!

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What people are saying about Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 70 reviews

Fascinating activity! The horses were well trained and the view was amazing. The staffs were very patient and nice with our group, and also I want to thank to this one staff who taught me so well with riding horse. I had a really good time with my horse, Tucker, too!

Chris was an amazing guide, we weren't expecting all the places he took us too. The ebikes were awesome, my wife and I enjoyed the ride and the hills too :). Overall, if you can ride a bike...you can handle this amazing scenic ride.

Very knowledgeable & fun. . Enjoyed every minute with Rob & Jeff on our second tour.

Love it but I couldn’t hear the guide personal talking !

Excellent tour ans experience with our tour guide Jeff