Birthplace of Canada national parks

Birthplace of Canada national parks
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Cave and Basin National Historic Site – is the Birthplace of Canada national parks.

New programming and interpretive media exhibits will provide a fascinating glimpse into the heritage of the thermal waters protected here. The new Cave and Basin will tell the story of the birthplace of Canada’s National Parks and its legacy that can be found today from sea to sea to sea.

A 4-screen, HD immersive short video that takes you on a journey through Parks Canada’s network of national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

  • The Story Hall, a space where the original vaulted ceilings have been uncovered, providing an inspiring and historic room full of stories, images, artifacts and fun photo booths.
  • Enhanced year round programming and new interpretive media exhibits.
  • The Welcome Centre, which includes a gift store, site orientation, information on 4 season Walking Trails and snow shoeing trails, maps and washrooms.
  • The Galletly Building, which features a café for tasty treats, infrastructure to support catering and special events and a 40-seat theatre.
  • Late night special events, including cinema under the stars on the historic pool deck or stargazing on the boardwalks.

We are inviting the world to come see Banff’s biggest story!

Government of Canada opens exhibit on First World War internment in Canada in Banff National Park (at the Internment Exhibit Building adjacent to Cave and Basin National Historic Site). Through National Historical Recognition Program funding, Parks Canada has created an exhibit to increase awareness about Canada’s First World War internment operations 1914-1920. The 1,000 ft2 exhibit, located adjacent to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site in Banff National Park, includes interactive touch-screens, mixed media and two-dimensional displays that encourage visitors to discover at their own pace and reach their own conclusions about a difficult and challenging time in Canadian history.


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