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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 1 hour of scenic horseback riding, return to the stables, where you'll disembark and say goodbye to your horse with some farewell pats.

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Banff: Sunset Walking Tour

2. Banff: Sunset Walking Tour

Take an evening sunset walk and watch the stars come out while experiencing nature on Banff's trails with this guided our. Watch a stunning mountain sunset and feel the awe of seeing the first stars appear. Explore Banff National Park like never before and see nature by night. Feel safe with professional guides and the use of headlamps, lanterns, ice cleats, and micro spikes. Hike along local trails around Banff and take the unique opportunity to watch the nocturnal world come to life.

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Banff: 3-Hour Bow Valley Loop Horseback Ride

3. 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.

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Banff: Sightseeing and Wildlife Minibus Tour

4. 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 Banff Springs Hotel also known as the 'Castle of the Rockies'. Stop at Lake Minnewanka, Banff's largest lake to hear about the underwater village. This tour also stops at iconic viewpoints including Surprise Corner, aptly named for the 'oh wow!' iconic view of Banff, and the Hoodoos Lookout.

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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.

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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 around the Windy Knoll, where you can see dazzling views of the surrounding mountains. Back at the stables, disembark and say goodbye to your horse with some farewell pats.

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Banff: Guided Local History Walking Tour

7. Banff: Guided Local History Walking Tour

Get a perfect introduction to Banff on this walking tour with a local historian guide. Explore local history and trail systems around the Banff townsite and get local tips on the best ways to explore other hotspots in the area.  Starting from Banff’s Cave and Basin National Historic Site, gear up with ice cleats or walking poles if needed (included). Explore the site and venture through different trails depending on the season to capture the best locations year-round.

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What people are saying about Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 90 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.

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.

What a great ride! Staff were friendly, fun and knowledgeable! Only disappointed because it was cloudy and difficult to see the mountains but weather control is obviously not their fault AT ALL

Excellent tour ans experience with our tour guide Jeff