Find Yourself
EXPLORE | ADVENTURE | DISCOVER
Deep in the Canadian Rockies
Find Yourself
EXPLORE | ADVENTURE | DISCOVER
Deep in the Canadian Rockies

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  • Canmore Cave Tours

    Join us year-round, rain or shine, for a Natural History tour into Rat’s Nest Cave - a wild, undeveloped cave under Grotto Mountain; near Banff and Canmore, Alberta, Canada!

    Canmore Cave Tours has been offering tours at Rat’s Nest Cave, since 1992. While we have grown since then our goal remains the same - to offer our guests the most extraordinary, unforgettable experience possible.

    As passionate cavers and cave advocates we feel it is a privilege to share this amazing place with you, and when you join a tour with us you do so as our friend and fellow explorer. We hope that at the end of the day, tired and dirty as you may be, you are brimming with as much excitement and appreciation for the cave as we are.

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  • Canmore, Alberta, Canada

    Canmore is an authentic mountain lifestyle community nestled in the spectacular Bow River Valley and surrounded by the majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. In this dynamic and energetic town you will find award-winning festivals, world-class mountain sports, outstanding health and wellness, vibrant arts and culture, unique boutique shopping and remarkable dining experiences, all on the doorstep of Banff National Park.

    Canmore is just a 60 minutes west of Calgary and 25 minutes east of the town of Banff so come visit us and see why in Canmore you can: Do More, Play More, Live More!

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  • Rat's Nest Cave

    Rat’s Nest Cave is a special place. In 1987 it was designated a Provincial Historic Resource because of its incredible archaeological significance. It is home to ancient pictographs, 7000 year old bones, and beautiful cave formations. At over 4km long, Rat’s Nest Cave is one of the longest caves in Canada.

    The water-sculpted passages of the cave offer us seemingly endless opportunities to learn and explore. At 5 degrees celsius, the cave is a cool but comfortable destination every day of the year, a trait enjoyed by cave residents like bushy-tailed wood rats, and North America’s smallest mammal - the pigmy shrew.

    With no lights, handrails or walkways we are left to enjoy the cave in its natural state, just as the original explorers did.

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The Cave Experience

The thought of caving often invokes images of extreme adventure, and if that's what you're looking for we can certainly accommodate.

We also understand that not everyone is into the adventurous side of caving. If you find yourself in this category we still have plenty of great options for you too.

Every caver enjoys the cave in their own way, so let us help you discover what those stories and memories are for you.

Adventure. Inspire. Grow.


Whether your goal is to challenge yourself and push your limits or to enjoy the sights, sounds and unique beauty that the cave has to offer, your story begins here:

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Stories of Adventure in Rats Nest Cave

Experience: Adventure

This is your opportunity to embrace your inner explorer. Climb, crawl, wiggle and slide your way through Rat's Nest Cave on one of our wild cave tours, or discover the fascinating history of the area on our interpretive hike.

Experience: Inspiration in Rats Nest Cave

Experience: Inspiration

The cave speaks to every one of its visitors differently and the unEarthed series is about bringing those stories to light. These unique experiences include musical performances 10-stories underground, guided meditations in the darkest place on Earth and many more.

Experience: Growth in Rats Nest Cave

Experience: Growth

The cave is a fantastic place for challenge and growth. We offer caving courses for those looking to take their caving adventures to the next level, and our team building programs are a unique way to hone leadership, teamwork and communication skills at all levels.

Adventure. Inspire. Grow.

Whether your goal is to challenge yourself and push your limits or to enjoy all of the sights, sounds and unique beauty that the cave has to offer, your story begins here:

Upcoming Events

In addition to the many tours and courses we offer year-round at Rat's Nest Cave, as part of our unEarthed events series we are going to be hosting a collection of exciting, unique experiences including concerts, speakers and much more. Check in regularly as we update the website with new events because you definitely don't want to miss these once-in-a-lifetime moments! You can also follow our Facebook Page and keep tabs on the up and coming excitement that way too!

Courses & Teambuilding

Introduction to Vertical Caving Course

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unEarthed | Music

The Raven & The Fox

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unEarthed | Conversations

Discoveries Under
the Mountains

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Upcoming Events

Courses & Teambuilding

Introduction to Vertical Caving

Learning the art of single rope technique

November 4-5, 2017

An introduction to the art of Single Rope Techinque, or SRT. This is the means by which cavers access the more technical areas within caves, using ropes and specialized techniques and equipment to progress through a multitude of obstacles.

This two-day course will prepare participants to join technical caving trips under the guidance of more experienced cavers. We recommend having at least some experience underground before undertaking this course.

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unEarthed | Music

The Raven & The Fox

The Raven & The Fox

Nov 18, 2017

Join singer/songwriters Julie Chang and Sean Isaac and the Canmore Cave Tours team for a tour of the cave and an intimate and personal performance deep within the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

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unEarthed | Conversations

Discoveries Under the Mountain

The Raven & The Fox

Nov 25, 2017

Join Christian Stenner on a tour of Rat's Nest Cave and hear his stories and experiences from over 12 years of caving adventures.

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Newsworthy

Canmore Cave Tours

ARTISAN POTTERY MUGS: A CANMORE COLLABORATION

If you’ve experienced Rat’s Nest Cave with us, you may have noticed some dust on the ground and on your gear at the end of the day. In the past, the dust residue that collects on your coveralls during the experience would have been discarded after the cleaning process. Now, we’ve discovered a very unique way to repurpose this natural byproduct of our adventures – collecting the residual cave dust and using it to create artisan wine tumblers, right here in Canmore.

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Emerging from the Booming Ice Chasm after the first day of filming.
Christian Stenner

BOOMING ICE CHASM - JULY 2017

Many Canadian cavers know the work of François-Xavier De Ruydts (Fix), who has photographed caving expeditions for Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, and many other publications. Fix has moved from still photography into video, and has been working full time on a new video series, Terres d'Exploration. Produced by Magali Gillon-Krizaj, in the series two explorers Damien Briguet and François-Xavier De Ruydts set out to discover the natural history of Canada. They use their unique combination of skills to offer us a fresh look at the natural world and explore the most unusual places.

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Testimonials

We think caving is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread, but then we are pretty enthusiastic about life underground overall. So don't just take our word on it. Here are some thoughts from some of our newsest cavers to inspire you!

Review by Mo89564

“AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE”

Reviewed By: Mo89564
Mar 27, 2017:

"My husband and I both look back at this and agree this was one of the highlights of our vacation..."

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Review by Kristen B.

“BEST ADVENTURE”

Reviewed By: Kristen B
Sept 4, 2016:

"Had a great time exploring the Rats Nest Caves with Canmore Cave Tours. "

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Review by Michelle L.

“BEST TOUR IN THE BOW VALLEY AREA!”

Reviewed By: Michelle L
Feb 13, 2017:

"I've been on several tours in the Bow Valley area and this is by far the best tour I've been to, hands down."

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Review by David M.

“EXCITING CAVE ADVENTURE!”

Reviewed By: David M
Aug 20, 2016:

"We went to Canmore for my birthday and came across Canmore Cave Tours in our search for something fun to do. We were not disappointed!"

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Explore the Rat's Nest Cave Map

Cave Entrance
Entrance to the Cave

In winter, fixed ropes aid access to the entrance.

Bushy-Tailed Wood Rats
The Bushy Tailed Wood Rat

The cave is named after these critters, which make their homes close to the entrance.

The Grand Gallery
The Grand Gallery

This is the largest room in the cave

The Laundry Chute
The Laundry Chute

Visit this amazing squeeze on our Adventure tour

The Bacon Strip
The Bacon Strip

See this ancient formation on our Adventure tour

The Grotto
The Grotto Pool

This is where our cave divers brave the unknown, and 'push' the cave. Visited by both the: Adventure tour and Explorer tour.

  • Cave Entrance
    Entrance to the Cave

    In winter, fixed ropes aid access to the entrance.

  • Bushy-Tailed Wood Rats
    The Bushy Tailed Wood Rat

    The cave is named after these critters, which make their homes close to the entrance.

  • The Grand Gallery
    The Grand Gallery

    This is the largest room in the cave

  • The Laundry Chute
    The Laundry Chute

    Visit this amazing squeeze on our Adventure tour

  • The Bacon Strip
    The Bacon Strip

    See this ancient formation on our Adventure tour

  • The Grotto
    The Grotto Pool

    This is where our cave divers brave the unknown, and 'push' the cave. Visited by both the: Adventure tour and Explorer tour.

    Our Partners and Friends

    We work with a number of like-minded experience providers to help you find your next great adventure.

    Book your pre or post-caving activities here, or Contact Us and we'd be happy to help.

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