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    Caves are not just for adventure-seekers. unEarthed is our way of showing the world that caves have something that everyone can appreciate. Stay tuned as we bring you amazing experiences to enjoy both inside and outside the cave. This is Rat's Nest Cave: unEarthed!

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    Rat's Nest Cave is a fascinating place. It is home to ancient bones, pictographs, cave formations, and even North America's smallest mammal, making it a museum, zoo, laboratory, and art gallery all in one amazing location.

    Canmore Cave Tours has partnered with the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre (CMAGS) to host speakers who are experts in their fields to help share the cave's fascinating natural history, and we are doing it in a special way!

    In addition to hosting an afternoon presentation at the Canmore Civic Centre which is free to all ages, Canmore Cave Tours is offering a special in-cave version of the presentation which includes a tour of the cave. So now you can not only hear about the history, but immerse yourself in it too!

    2017 Dates & Speakers

    March 11, 2017: Sarah Smith (Calgary Zoo)
    A self-professed nature nerd and bat lover extraordinaire, Sarah answers the question: "Why should we thank bats for our dinner?" and shares why bats are not just our cute flying furry friends!

    Act I - CMAGS Lecture

    • Canmore Civic Centre, Canmore, AB
    • Mar 11, 2017 | 3:00 - 4:00pm
    • Free!
    • All Ages
    • No reservations required
    • Door Prizes Available!

    Act II - In-Cave Presentation and Tour

    • Rats Nest Cave, Canmore, AB
    • Mar 11, 2017 | 5:00 - 9:30pm
    • $75.00/person + GST
    • Ages 10+
    • Book your tour below!
    • Moderately Strenuous, hiking, crawling, and sliding!

     

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  • Adventure Cave Tour

    Adventure Cave Tour

    Our Adventure Tour is our flagship tour and has been recognized as a Canadian Signature Experience. The longest tour we offer in Rat’s Nest Cave. Rappel, squeeze and crawl through this amazing wild cave!

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    •      Canmore, AB
    •     6 hours
    •      $155.00 + GST
    •      Ages 12 +
    •     Year Round
    •    Moderate Hiking, crawling, Sliding, Rappelling and (optional) Squeezing!

     

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  • Explorer Cave Tour

    Explorer Cave Tour

    The Explorer Tour may be our shortest cave tour, but it is by no means short on fun and excitement. 2 hours underground crawling past prehistoric bones, investigating our ancient cave formations and even squeezing into places (if you so choose of course!).

    •      Canmore, AB
    •     4.5 hours
    •      $125.00 + GST
    •      Ages 10 +
    •     Year Round
    •    Moderate Hiking, Crawling and Sliding

     

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  • Discovery Hike

    Discovery Tour

    A family friendly interpretive hike designed to introduce our guests to the incredible history of the Bow Valley. Highlights of the tour include “catch and release” fossil hunting, wildlife tracking, and a short visit to the entrance of Rat’s Nest Cave.

     

    •      Canmore, AB
    •     2-3 hours
    •      $45.00 + GST (Youth $35.00, 5 and under FREE)
    •      All ages
    •     May 15th – October 1st (weather permitting)
    •    Easy - you set the pace!

     

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    Gift Certificates

    Looking for a great gift option? Give the gift of the Best Adventure IN the Rockies! The gift certificates below can be used for any of our tours, and they never expire.

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Explore the Rat's Nest Cave:  Interactive Map

Rat’s Nest Cave is a constant 5°C (41°F) all year.  Why is that?  Because caves reflect the mean annual temperature, so no matter what the outside weather is like, it’s always pleasant inside the cave.  Like most alpine caves, it is cool in summer, mild in winter.  In 1987, the cave was designated a Provincial Historic Site.  Access to the cave is restricted to protect the delicate environment within. The Rat’s Nest Cave has over 4 km of explored passage, and lies under Grotto Mountain near Canmore, Alberta.

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Cave Entrance

Entrance to the Cave

In winter, fixed ropes aid access to the entrance.

The Rat's Nest

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.

  • The Rat's Nest

    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.

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