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Canmore: Rat’s Nest Cave Guided Adventure Tour

Activity provider: Canmore Cave Tours

Canmore: Rat’s Nest Cave Guided Adventure Tour

Activity provider: Canmore Cave Tours
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From US$ 135.99 per person

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Explore the art of caving in Canmore with a guide in one of Canada's longest caves. Crawl past prehistoric bones, see ancient cave formations, squeeze through tiny passages, and rappel underground.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Feel the adrenaline as you crawl, climb and scramble over underground terrain
  • Learn about Bow Valley's incredible archaeological significance and fossils
  • Get geared up in professional caving equipment and follow an expert guide
  • Explore the water-sculpted passages of the cave and rappel down an 18-meter drop
  • Squeeze and crawl past ancient pictographs, and 7000-year-old prehistoric bones
Full description

Explore the Rat’s Nest Cave on this adventure in Canmore with a guide and safety equipment. Experience the cave in its natural state, just as the original explorers did, without handrails or walkways. Enjoy an 18-meter rappel and plenty of time to explore passages like the Laundry Chute.

Meet your guide to collect your caving equipment and undergo a safety briefing. Then, follow them for a 10-minute drive to the cave parking lot. Suit up in your caving gear and hike for 30 minutes up a mountain trail to the cave entrance.

Along the way, listen to stories that tell the incredible history of the Bow Valley. Gain insight into how caves are formed, learn about the geologic history of the area, discover and examine some local fossils, and more.

Make sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and maybe even signs of a bear or a cougar. Once at the entrance, climb, crawl, wiggle, and slide your way through the cave's water-worn passages.

Your route through the cave gives you a lot of adrenaline-pumping moments including rappelling down an 18-meter drop, passing the Five Way Chamber, crawling through the Laundry Chute, and taking in the Grand Gallery.

Finally, make your way to the Grotto, the lowest point on the tour, but also one of the highlights with its crystal-clear pool and walls covered in stalactites and stalagmites.

Emerge victoriously from the cave with a celebratory high five. Return to the cave parking lot and say goodbye to your guide.

  • Guide
  • Caving equipment
  • Coveralls
  • Kneepads, gloves, helmet
  • Headlamp, harness, safety lanyard
  • Backpack shared by 2 people
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 10 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    • Wheelchair users
    • People with recent surgeries
    • People with low level of fitness
    • People over 280 lbs (127 kg)

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Canmore Cave Tours office located in suite number 101, ground floor, at the front corner of the building.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Food and drinks
    • Snacks
    • Comfortable clothes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing
    • Clothes that can get dirty
    • Outdoor clothing
    • Personal medication
    • Closed-toe shoes
    • Your own vehicle

    Not allowed

    • Sandals or flip flops
    • Pets
    • Baby strollers
    • Intoxication
    • Professional cameras
    • Bikes
    • Alcohol and drugs
    • Littering
    • Unaccompanied minors
    • Baby carriages
    • Feeding animals
    • Touching animals
    • Bare feet

    Know before you go

    • This activity takes place in all weather conditions
    • All participants need to complete a liability waiver
    • The trail to the cave has a 200 m gain in elevation over approximately 1 km
    • This is a wilderness activity that requires hiking up steep mountain terrain with scrambling and sliding inside the cave
    • There are no paved paths, groomed trails, pre-lit spaces, stairs, or handrails
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 6 reviews

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    September 23, 2022

    Wonderful experience with Annie. Very thorough and encouraging…I was so proud of the physical challenges I accomplished!

    July 20, 2022

    Well worth the money. Brent was a awesome tour guide and it was an epic experience. Definitely recommend doing it while in Calgary/Banff area, and recommend doing the Abseil.

    May 25, 2022

    Product ID: 413895