Cave and Basin

 

 

Cave and Basin

Banff National Park, AB
Banff, AB

 

Cave and Basin was the beginning of Canada's national parks system in 1885. In 2009 the Government of Canada announced a plan to restore this precious place for future generations of Canadians. The project included the restoration of habitat for endangered Banff Springs Snails, restoration of its historic buildings, a new plaza and interpretive displays.

The design kept the overall historic look and added a beautiful new plaza replacing the old wooden structure. The original pool was removed however and the original outline was highlighted to capture the previous history of the facility. The park was made to have new barrier-free accessibility. The new facility truly captures the history of the facility from the First Nations to the closure of the public bathing pool in 1992.

 

Owener: Parks Canada
Prime Consultant: NORR Architects
Duration: 2010-12
Service(s) provided: Cost Control
Sector(s): Government