Solitude

Solitude

An Experience limited only by your imagination.

Total Length
6 hrs
Time Underground
4 hrs
2 Cavers
$499.00
Each Additional Caver
$129.00
Minimum Age
10 yrs
Group Size
2-8 Cavers
6 hrs
$499.00 (2 Cavers)
$129.00 (Each Additional)
Minimum Age: 10 yrs
Group Size: 2-8 Cavers
Solitude

Ever wanted to star in your own action movie, or try meditating in absolute blackness? How about proposing to that special someone in one of the most unique ways possible? Solitude is the opportunity to create your own custom cave experience.

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Tour
Description

The How, What, When, Where and Why's of the Explorer Tour

Sample
Itinerary

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Tour Description

The How, What, When, Where and Why of Solitude
The Grand Gallery is one of the most unique and goose bump-indusincing music venues

The cave is a special place and spending time underground can be a life-changing experience. It's an opportunity to push your limits and face your fears, or learn new skills. It is a unique venue to embrace your creative side with music or the visual arts. Or perhaps it's a time to disconnect and enjoy the peacefulness of absolute quiet and darkness. With Solitude, it's exactly what you need it to be.

Solitude means you have the entire cave to yourself. Just you, your guide and the cave. This gives us the ability to create a fully customized experience that is limited only by your imagination:

  • Try your hand at cave photography.
  • Bring your Go Pro and star in your own action movie.
  • Musically inclined? Play in the awe-inspiring Grand Gallery. We can even arrange to have your music professionally recorded.
  • Propose to that special someone in one of the most unique ways possible.
  • Need a digital detox? Unplug and enjoy the peace and quiet of the cave.
Get an up-close and personal view of the cave on a Solitude experience.

Prior to your tour your guide will contact you to get a sense of how best to spend your time in the cave. Nothing is set in stone and you will always have the opportunity to adjust your goals as you go. If you are hoping to bring in any special equipment like cameras or musical instruments, or if you want to plan a special event like an engagement, this is your chance to work through the logistics with your guide.

On the day of your tour you will meet your guide 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.

From this point forward the experience is yours to create based on what you and your guide have discussed. You will spend up to 4 hours underground making memories that are not to soon be forgotten!

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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

Frequently
Asked
Questions

What is the difference between Solitude the other cave tours?

With Solitude it's just you, your guide and the cave. We will not add anyone else to your tour and you will have the whole cave to yourself. This allows us the flexibility to fully customize your experience based on your interests.

Do you love adventure? We can explore every possible nook and cranny or do multiple laps on the rappel. Or how about trying your hand at cave photography? You will have plenty of time to set up that perfect shot. Maybe you're musically inclined and want to try playing in the majestic Grand Gallery. (We can even arrange for a professional sound engineer to record for you)

There are too many options to list, but you get the idea.

Is there a minimum age?

The minimum age for Solitude is 10 years. For some activities in the cave, like rappelling, the minimum age is 12. We will work with you to create an experience that suits the abilities and needs of everyone in your group.

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, 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.

Solitude allows us the option to bring specialty equipment like instruments and professional cameras into the cave. Your guide will speak with you about your ideas to determine what is possible and appropriate. Please keep in mind that the cave environment is not particularly friendly towards electronics and delicate instruments. High humidity and dust can damage equipment, and screens can break if you accidentally sit on them. Any extra equipment should we protected for travel through the cave and is brought into the cave 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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It's as easy as 1-2-3! Simply select the date and tour time that you'd like to reserve, fill in your personal details and then make payment via credit card. That's it!

The system will automatically send you a confirmation of your tour with the relevant details and it will even send you a reminder two days before your tour so you don't forget!

Once we receive your confirmation your guide will contact you to work out the details of your Solitude experience. Please ensure to include your phone number and e-mail address when booking, as well as the preferred time for us to contact you.

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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 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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