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What’s Happening in 2014: Severalactivities are taking place this year. In January, there are after-hours Cave lantern tours at Cave and Basin National Historic Site. February features Night Skies Over the Rockies: a month-long photo exhibit, plus stargazing with theRoyal Astronomical Society of Alberta(February 8) and an inflatable planetarium from Wood Buffalo National Park Dark Sky Preserve (February 7-9). March is Banff Winter Carnival at Cave and Basin, bringing back the best of the historic carnival from the 1920s to the 1950s. There’s Cinema Under the Stars: Late-night film series, beginning May 17.
Why You Should Go: Cave and Basin is sheer magic, raw beauty and deep history — a true Canadian gem. If you love Canadian Parks, then you’ll adore Cave and Basin. This was where the national parks system all began. In 1885, a small 26-square-kilometre reserve around these natural springs was created, thus bringing to fruition the concept of protecting land for all Canadians. Today, more than 100,000 people visit the cave annually, view the indoor and outdoor exhibits and stroll on boardwalks.
Vacay.ca Deputy Editor Rod Charles says: ”You simply can’t visit beautiful Banff without making a stop at Cave and Basin. It’s truly a site to behold. The first thing that will grab you is the peculiar mix of a jaw-dropping mountain views. The second thing that you will notice is the walk through the crooked, rocky tunnel to the cave. Lastly, a quick trek outside will take you to the basin and home to the Banff Spring Snail, one of the rarest animals in the world.”

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