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Rat’s Nest Cave, Canmore Alberta

Year Round – 7 days a weekCanmore Caverns - Clients inside Entrance Gate

** The following prices are in effect until March 31, 2015:

Adult:   $115.00 + GST
Youth:  $105.00 + GST (15 yrs)
Minimum age: 10 years

** Starting April 1, 2015 the Explorer Tour Prices will be as follows and will include one 500mL bottle of water, and one energy bar per person:

Adult: $125.00 + GST
Youth: $115.00 + GST (15 yrs)
Minimum age: 10 years

Minimum tour size: 2 participants
Tour time: 4.5 hours, approx. 2.5 hours underground

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Caving is a STRENUOUS activity; all participants must have a good level of fitness.

Cancellation policy: 48 hours notice for 100% refund.

Explorer Tour Details

Meet your guide at the Canmore Cave Tours Office in Canmore (129 Bow Meadows Crescent – see “Directions” above).  Sign the waiver. Follow the guide in convoy for a 10 minute drive to the cave parking lot where you’ll pack up your caving gear then hike for 30 minutes up a mountain trail to the cave entrance. Along the trail, your guide will explain the geology of the area; how caves are formed; show you fossils to examine up close; look for bighorn sheep; maybe spot a bear or a cougar. Inside the cave, you’ll get to climb, crawl, slither and get muddy. Soon after entering the cave you’ll go through the “Box” then on to the Five Way Chamber,  the Grand Gallery and finally to the Grotto, a chamber full of stalactites and stalagmites with a crystal clear pool at the bottom of the cave. Return is via the Box.

Canmore Caving - Cavers in the Grotto

Sample Tour Itinerary

Start time – Meet guide, 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 – Let’s go Caving!
  • 4 hr – emerge from cave and hike down
  • 4 hr 30 min – arrive at cave parking lot and depart

What to wear and bring

We provide coveralls, kneepads, gloves, helmet & headlamp, safety lanyard, and backpack. You will not get wet in the cave.

Canmore Caving - Climbing out of the Grotto

Footwear: Clients must wear appropriate footwear – hiking boots are best or running shoes with good tread – NO sandals, NO open toes, NO skateboard shoes, NO flat soled shoes.

Clothing: Wear warm comfortable clothing: long bottoms, long sleeved shirt & sweater/fleece/hoodie on top. Suitable outdoor clothing is required for all seasons.

Food & Drinks: Bring some small wrapped snacks (soft snack bars, fruit leather) and bottled water.

Cameras: Small digital cameras work well in the cave or disposable with flash.

See equipment list for full details.

Prices are subject to change without notice. We reserve 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).

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