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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 and the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre (CMAGS) have teamed up to bring you some amazing speakers from a variety of organizations to help share the cave's fascinating natural history.

    Each date will consist of two science-based presentations that focus on cave-related topics incuding biology, geology, climate, exploration, natural history, and much more! You will also have the opportunity to meet the speakers and ask questions.

    Binnu Jeyakumar

    2017 Dates & Speakers

    April 22, 2017: Binnu Jeyakumar (Pembina Institute)

    What Does Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan Mean for Me?
    Join Binnu Jeyakumar, Program Director with the Pembina Institute, in an important discussion on Alberta’s plan for protecting the province’s health, environment and economy.

        • Binnu brings a wealth of skills, expertise and experience from the power industry, government and non-profit sectors to her position as director of the Pembina Institute's electricity program. Before joining the Pembina Institute, Binnu served as an asset management strategy developer for TransAlta's renewable generation, in which role she helped develop a strategy for maintaining critical assets in the hydro-electric fleet, facilitated workshops with operations, maintenance and engineering staff to conduct analyses of risks and system failures, and evaluated the risks with flood management structures.

          Throughout the years, she has worked with TransAlta in its offices in Alberta, Ontario and Mexico. Through Engineers Without Borders, she also worked as a consultant to the Ghanaian government, addressing systemic issues with government effectiveness and citizen empowerment. In working with different municipalities, she has also honed her skills in assessing client needs, building and managing relationships, and managing deliverables for different stakeholders. Binnu has also conducted research and detailed analysis with Defence Research and Development Canada and Alstom Power (Switzerland).

          During her free time, Binnu loves to hike, canoe and go camping as she explores Alberta's majestic mountains and crystal blue bodies of water.

    Act I

    A free 1-hour presentation at the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre open to all ages. There will be door prizes!

        • Canmore Civic Centre
        • Apr 22, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:00pm
        • Free!
        • All Ages
        • No reservations required
        • Door Prizes Available!

    Act II

    Meet Binnu in Rats Nest Cave for a tour and mini-presentation and learn about the ways in which caves have contributed to climate research.

        • Rats Nest Cave, Canmore, AB
        • Apr 22, 2017 | 4:00 - 8:30pm
        • $75.00/person + GST
        • Ages 10+
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        • Moderately Strenuous

     

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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
    •      $165.00 + 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
    •      $130.00 + 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
    •      $55.00 + 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

    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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