Banff Historic Sites & Interpretive Centres
Enjoy touchscreens, real birch bark canoes, secret doors and recording studios. This new, interactive exhibit captures the attention of over 400 visitors daily. The interpretive staff is available to make sure each visit to Canada Place is exciting and relevant to the individual's interests about Canada. Admission is free for everyone!
Built in 1907, the Moore Home was originally located at 467 Banff Ave. The home was donated to Catherine Whyte in 1971 and is now part of the historic homes collection of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.
Built in 1905, the Luxton Home is an example of a Banff pioneer home. The residence houses numerous collections including Stoney artifacts, and household items and clothing that date back to the 1900s. Credited as being one of Banff’s first flower gardens, the grounds are surrounded by a garden that blooms throughout the summer. Regular tours of the home and garden are available throughout the summer with off-season tours requiring appointment.
After a breathtaking ride up the Banff Gondola, or a moderate 5.3 km (3.2 mi) hike, walk the 1 km (.6 mi) boardwalk up to Sanson Peak Cosmic Ray Station. A National Historic Site, this stone cabin was the first meteorologist station in this area.
Located on the border between British Columbia and Alberta, Howse Pass is now a National Historic Site of Canada. Though this pass was established by David Thompson in 1807, it was named after Joseph Howse, a Hudson's Bay Company employee who first crossed in 1809.
Cave and Basin Centennial Centre
Visitors can walk into the Cave, view the intact basin and learn the fascinating story of the springs discovery. Historical exhibits, geological displays and videos tell the park's history. Short self-guided walks explore the effect of heated spring water on the surrounding marshes and the environment. Tours are available.
An historic site of an early 1900's coal mine, colliery and town. An easy 45-minute walk leads through the ruins of the mine site. Interpretative plaques bear photographs and descriptions of the buildings and the operations of the mine. The site is located 7.4 km (4.6 mi) from Banff.
Abbot Pass Hut
Recognized for both its location and design, this delightful stone cabin sits atop the wind-swept crest of Abbot Pass. Built in 1922 at an altitude of 2,925 m (9,598 ft), it is second only to the Neil Colgan hut as the highest permanent structure in Canada. Abbot Pass Hut is a National Historic Site of Canada.