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Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada
311 Cave Avenue, Banff, AB T1L 1K2
Phone : (403) 762-1557
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Region

South (Banff)

School year/Age

Kindergarten to Grade 12

Language level

French as a First Language
French immersion
French as a Second Language

School subject (primary)

Social studies

School subject (secondary)

Sciences

Links with the curriculum

Programs focus on natural and cultural history

Requirements

Service in French by request / when available.
Advance notice required.

Availability

2016
May 18 to September 5 (open daily): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
September 6 to October 9 (Tuesday to Sunday): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
October 10 to December 31 (Wednesday to Sunday): 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
December 25: Closed for Christmas

2017
January 1 to May 16 (Wednesday to Sunday): 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
May 17 to September 4 (open daily): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
September 5 to October 8 (Tuesday to Sunday): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
October 9 to December 31 (Wednesday to Sunday): 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Number of participants

30 students per tour guide

Duration

30 minutes per activity

Cost

$2.90 per student 
1 adult for every 6 students receives free entry.

Description

The Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the birthplace of Canada's National Parks, which began here in 1885. Our interactive displays and exhibits take you on a journey through the years to show you how our national parks have grown.  Naturally occurring, warm mineral springs can be found inside the cave, and outside in an emerald coloured basin. The site also has two self guided boardwalk trails with bilingual signs. 
Wheelchair accessible, washrooms and various picnic spots are available.

PROGRAMS

Discovery Tour: 
Students learn about the site's importance to First Nations and how it was (re)-discovered by early CPR railway workers in 1883 who saw its tourism potential.
They are provided with a strong knowledge base about Parks Canada and its notion to conserve and protect our natural lands. 
Perfect for all ages. 
Touches upon important topics such as Indigenous peoples, the CPR, conservation of our lands. 

Basin of Secrets: 
Students meet bacteria and learn how these micro-organisms support the endangered Banff Springs Snail. Educates on their importance and how they can protect the small and vulnerable snail. 
Suggested for Grades 1-6

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ACFA

Partners

CPFA
Alberta Education
RAFA