Adventure Tour

This Canadian Signature Experience is our longest cave tour.

Total Length
6 hrs
Time Underground
4 hrs

*Times are approximate


*Youth Age 12-15 yrs

Minimum Age
12 yrs
Group Size
2-8 Cavers

*Contact Us for Groups of 8+

6 hrs
$165.00 (Adult)
$145.00 (Youth)
Minimum Age: 12 yrs

*Youth Age 12-15 yrs

The Adventure Tour

We can't tell you how excited we are that you are considering joining us on the Adventure Tour. We want to ensure that your experience is the best it can possibly be, so below you'll find what we believe to be the most important imformation you'll need to prepare for your tour.

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Tour Description

The How, What, When, Where and Why of the Adventure Tour
Rappelling into darkness in Rat's Nest Cave

Our Adventure Tour is our flagship tour and has been recognized as a Canadian Signature Experience. As the longest tour we offer in Rat’s Nest Cave, the Adventure Tour is the complete package. Caver will rappel 18m (that’s 6 Stories!) inside the cave, plus have the opportunity to push your limits in the warm-up squeeze, challenge squeeze, and the Laundry Chute – a section of the cave that adds a little extra challenge but a whole lot of extra fun. Visit the impressive Grand Gallery – the largest known room in the cave, then surround yourself with ancient cave formations in the Grotto. You will spend approximately 4 hours underground on the Adventure Tour and we promise it will be an unforgettable 4 hours!

Destination Canada's Canadian Signature Experience Collection

Travellers around the world are telling us they want to explore and live a life less ordinary, and that’s what we’re giving them. Destination Canada’s Canadian Signature Experiences collection shows the world what Canada’s about and the experiences waiting for you.

The collection is a voluntary program for operators in Canada who want to increase their international reach. These guides, operators and business owners are passionate about their experiences and they want more of the world - more of you - to come visit. The Canadian Signature Experiences collection offers an introduction to the best Canada – and Canadians – has to offer. We’re showcasing the hard work and dedication of people who want to share what makes Canada unique. You’ll also want to explore our pages on destinations, specific activities and even more experiences.

Once you connect with Canada and start exploring, you may never want to stop!

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Passing through the Laundry Chute in Rat's Nest Cave

You will meet your guide and the rest of your team at the Canmore Cave Tours Office in Canmore to sign the waiver and collect your caving equipment. You will then 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 share with you some of the incredible history of the Bow Valley. You will discuss how caves are formed, the geologic history of the area, discover and examine some of our local fossils, and much more. Make sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and maybe even signs of a bear or a cougar.

Soon after entering the cave you’ll rappel 18 m on a rope (with safety line backup) and then climb, crawl, wiggle and slide your way through water-worn passages. Your route through the cave may include "the Box”, the Five Way Chamber, the Laundry Chute the Grand Gallery and finally the Grotto. This beautiful room is the lowest point on the tour, but also one of the highlights with its crystal clear pool and walls covered in stalactites and stalagmites.

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Sample Itinerary

Planning Your Day? Here's the Breakdown.
Tour Start Time Meet your guide at the Canmore Cave Tours office.
20 min Follow guide in convoy to cave parking lot.
30 min Pack up equipment and begin hiking.
1 hr Arrive at cave entrance, safety de-brief and gear up
1 hr 30 min Let’s go Caving!
5 hr 30min Emerge victoriously from the cave - celebratory high-five!
6 hr Arrive at cave parking lot and depart

**Times given are the approximate time from the start of the tour


What is the difference between the Adventure and Explorer Tours?

The Adventure Tour is a total of 6 hours long, 4 hours of which are spent underground. The Explorer Tour spends 2.5 of its total 4.5 hours underground. The main difference between the two is that the Adventure Tour includes an 18m rappel (no experience necessary) and the extra time allows us to explore more of the cave. Both tours are similar in difficulty and require a moderate level of fitness.

Is there a minimum age?

The minimum age for the Adventure Tour is 12 years.

Is there a maximum size?

Generally speaking, fitness is more of a concern than size. However, all participants must wear a safety harness which has a maximum waist size of 46" (116 cm) and a maximum leg size of 33" (84 cm). If you have any concerns about size please don't hesitate to contact us.

What is included and what should I bring?

We provide all of the necessary caving equipment including coveralls, kneepads, gloves, helmet & headlamp, harness & safety lanyard, and backpack. The backpack will be shared by two people and will not go into the cave. We will also provide you with a Clif Bar energy bar, and a 500mL bottle of water (in a reusable bottle that is yours to keep).

You will need to bring good footwear, warm clothing, a camera (optional) and if you have any dietary restrictions, please bring a snack that you know works for you. Also, if you will require medication during the tour it is a good idea to bring 2x what you would expect to use, just in case.

Footwear must be closed-toe and should have a sturdy tread. Hiking boots or shoes are best, but a sturdy running shoe will also work. Other options include rubber boots or winter boots (in the winter)

The cave is 5 degrees celsius, so warm clothing is recommended. Imagine what you would wear if you had to spend a few hours in a refrigerator. We recommend long pants, long sleeves, a warm sweater, hoodie or jacket. Synthetic fabrics are best as they will keep you warm even if you get wet.

Any cameras going into the cave will need to fit into your pockets. We do not allow backpacks in the cave. Small point-and-shoot cameras or smart phones are welcome but please keep in mind that the cave environment is not particularly friendly towards electronics. High humidity and dust can damage equipment, and screens can break if you accidentally sit on it. Electronics are brought at your own risk.

Is transportation provided?

No, transportation is not provided. If you do not have your own vehicle we can arrange a taxi to the cave for you at an additional cost. You can use Canmore's public transit to get to our office.

How hard is the tour?

The hike to the cave takes approximately 30-40 minutes and is uphill the whole way on a mountain trail. Most of our guests find this to be the hardest part of the day, but we do take lots of stops along the way to enjoy the scenery.

Once in the cave the pace is quite slow as we maneuver through the passages. This is not a flat walking tour. There are no handrails, walkways or fixed lighting. We climb, crawl, slide and wiggle our way around the cave so it is best to have a moderate level of fitness. Even more important though is your sense of adventure!

Are there rats or bats?

Rat's Nest Cave is named after the nests of Bushy-tailed Wood Rats found in the entrance. This species of super-cute rodents is native to the area and they use the cave as a home due to it's constantly warm temperatures and protection from predators. We rarely see the rats, and if we do there is usually just one.

Bat's are rarely seen at Rat's Nest Cave. The cave is not a hibernaculum (a place where bats hibernate through the winter). We usually only see the occasional bat in the summer as they are passing through the area.

Is This Tour Suitable For Me If I'm Pregnant?

Yes, but only up until the end of the first trimester (12 weeks).

It is always advisable to seek advice from your doctor when participating in activities like caving.

Will I need to sign a waiver?

Yes, all participants will need to complete a liability waiver. We recommend you review the waiver before booking your tour, but you will sign the waiver once you have arrived and have been briefed by your guide. Any minors must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian before participating on the tour.

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