Thermal Waters Pass
Parks Canada’s Thermal Waters Pass is your ticket to learning about (and soaking in) Banff’s hot springs history at Banff Upper Hot Springs and the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
Child (under 3)
*Banff Upper Hot Springs only. Youth 17 and under receive free entry to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
Available at Banff Upper Hot Springs and the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
Locker token included.
Cave and Basin National Historic Site
Cave and Basin has been a special place for Indigenous Peoples for over ten thousand years and continues to be so to this day. In 1883, three railway workers found the thermal springs, sparking a series of events that led to the creation of Canada’s first national park.
Today, the site is a gathering place for sharing stories about conservation and the connection between people and the land in Parks Canada administered places. Visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits, short films, seasonal activities, and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.
Visit the Cave and Basin's website for hours of operation, trip planning information and a schedule of events.
Banff Upper Hot Springs
Banff Upper Hot Springs is Canada’s highest elevation operational hot springs. Located 1 500 m above sea level, this is the perfect place to soak in some views.
Grab lunch at the café, take a stroll through the gift shop and rent a historic suit for that perfect selfie to share with your friends and family!
Visit Banff Upper Hot Springs website for hours of operation and other trip planning information
Where can I buy my Thermal Waters Pass?
Thermal Waters Passes can be purchased at Banff Upper Hot Springs and Cave and Basin National Historic Site.
How far apart are these sites?
Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Upper Hot Springs are located in close proximity to each other. Travel time varies seasonally, but is generally a 10 minute drive, 30 minutes by bus, and 1 hour walk.
Do I need to visit both sites on the same day?
No. You can visit Banff Upper Hot Springs and Cave and Basin National Historic Sites on two different days! Thermal waters passes are redeemable during operating hours within the calendar year of purchase.
How do I reserve my pass?
Entry is based on a first come first served. Reservations are not available.
How long will it take to visit?
Most visitors spend 1-2 hours at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site to explore both the exhibits and the cave. To learn more about amenities and activities please click here.
Visitors spend an average of an hour in the hot springs at Banff Upper Hot Springs and we recommend that guests drink water and take breaks to cool off every 10-20 minutes while enjoying the pool. A cafe and gift shop are available onsite.