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Cave & Basin Hot Springs

Location: Banff National Park, Banff Townsite, at the end of Cave Drive, AB, Canada, UTM: 11U 598450 E / 5669609 N

Vital Statistics: Elevation: 1400 Metres (4,592 Feet)  

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Topographic Map: 82o04 Banff

Description: Although the most famous hot springs in the Rockies. The cave and basin have been relegated to a secondary importance to the Upper Hot Springs, as swimming is no longer permitted at this site. There are two separate springs at this site, the cave and also the basin springs. The cave hot spring issues from the walls of a large cavern, 12 m wide and 6 m high, carved out of limestone. Merely warm springs, they average 33C (92F), and flow at a rate of approximately 1136 litres/minute. The basin springs is located right behind the Cave & Basin Centennial Centre. It flows into an artificial pool constructed at the turn of the century. Slightly warmer than the cave springs, the temperature averages 34.5C (94.1F). Like the cave, gas bubbles make the mud at the bottom of the pond appear as if boiling.

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