Adventure Cave Tour

Cave Tours

Canmore Caverns Ltd.

Calling all cavers! The Adventure Tour is the longest tour offered in Rat's Nest Cave, and it's even recognized as a Canadian Signature Experience. Cavers will rappel 18m (6 stories) inside the cave, and have the chance to push their limits in the warm-up and challenge squeezes, and the Laundry Chute. Visit the impressive Grand Gallery, and get immersed in the Grotto's ancient cave formations. Challenging and fun, the Adventure Tour is an unforgettable 4 hours spent underground!

What you can expect

Caving is a very rewarding activity regardless of skill level, experience and sense of adventure. It is inherently team building, it can provide any level of personal challenge, and offers unique educational value.

Sample Tour Itinerary
Start time - Meet guide at the Canmore Cave Tours Office in Canmore (129 Bow Meadows Crescent) and sign waiver
15 min - Follow guide in convoy to cave parking lot
30 min - Pack up equipment for tour
45 min - Hike up trail
1 hr 15 min - Arrive at cave entrance, safety de-brief and gear up
1 hr 30 min - Begin Caving! Rappel, climb, crawl, slither and get muddy
5 hr 30 min - Emerge from cave and hike down
6 hr - Arrive at cave parking lot and depart

Duration

6 hours

To-bring

  • Appropriate footwear - hiking boots are best or running shoes with good tread
  • NO Sandals, NO open toes, NO skateboard shoes, NO flat soled shoes
  • Wear warm comfortable clothing: long bottoms, long sleeved shirt & sweater/fleece/hoodie on top
  • Suitable outdoor clothing is required for all seasons. Your clothing may get dirty during this tour

Highlights

  • Scenic 30 minute hike to Cave entrance
  • Climb, crawl, and slither inside the cave
  • Rappel 18 m on a rope (with safety line backup)
  • Enter chambers full of stalactites and stalagmites with crystal clear pools

Notes

  • Cameras - Small digital cameras, smart phones and disposable cameras with a flash work well in the cave. Due to dust and humidity in the cave, and the rugged nature of the tour, electronics can get damaged. Please bring your camera at your own risk. We do offer cave-proof cameras for rent
  • Year-Round, All-Weather Tours

Meet location

Unit 202, 129 Bow Meadows Crescent in Canmore, T1W 2W8

Driving directions

  • Meet at Unit 202, 129 Bow Meadows Crescent in Canmore. There is parking in front of the office, or on the street. Larger vehicles are best parked on the street. At the office there is a selection of cave-friendly energy snacks and drinks at a nominal cost, washrooms, t-shirts, and other merchandise. Plus the cave book: Rats Nest Cave
  • You will meet your guide here, sign the waiver, and then follow the guide in your car to the cave - only 5 minutes away
  • Driving from Banff - Distance is 22 km. Allow 30 minutes travel time. Drive east (Calgary) on Highway 1 (Trans Canada Hwy) from Banff and take exit 91. Turn left and follow Bow Valley Trail (1A) east towards the Town of Exshaw. Turn left onto Elk Run Boulevard (RCMP station) and then take your second right onto Bow Meadows Crescent. Look for a 2 story building with a green roof on your left. You have arrived at 129 Bow Meadows Crescent where your caving adventure begins!
  • Driving from Calgary - Distance is 120 km. Allow 90 minutes travel time. Drive west (towards Banff) on Highway 1 (Trans Canada Hwy) from Calgary and take exit 91 - Canmore 1A then follow Bow Valley Trail (1A) east towards the Town of Exshaw. Turn left onto Elk Run Boulevard (RCMP station) and then take your second right onto Bow Meadows Crescent. Look for a 2 story building with a green roof on your left. You have arrived at 129 Bow Meadows Crescent where your caving adventure begins!

Location

Restrictions

  • Minimum Age: 12 years old
  • Canmore Cave Tours reserves the right to refuse anyone admittance to the cave if they are not suitably dressed or their footwear is inappropriate. We assume no responsibility for loss or damage to any personal clothing or equipment (cameras included)

Cancellation / Refund

  • Cancellation policy - 48 hours notice for 100% refund
  • NO REFUNDS for NO SHOWS

When can I book this activity?

Available dates

All year round

Available days and times

You can book this activity at the following times:

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Number of guests allowed

At least 2 guests

Comments

  • Pricing includes coveralls, kneepads, gloves, helmet & headlamp, harnesses, safety lanyard, and backpack. You will not get very wet in the cave
  • All prices quoted are based on current rates and may be subject to change

Regular rate

Adult (aged 16 – 80) $155.00 CAD
Youth (aged 12 – 15) $145.00 CAD

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