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Wild Cave Tours

Year-round adventures in one of Canada's longest caves.

Dec. 14-17, 2018

Special Event: Spirit in the Mountain

Four Nights of Music and Merry-making in the Heart of the Mountain

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  • Canmore Cave Tours

    Join us year-round, rain or shine, for a Natural History tour into Rat’s Nest Cave - a wild, undeveloped cave under Grotto Mountain; near Banff and Canmore, Alberta, Canada!

    Canmore Cave Tours has been offering tours at Rat’s Nest Cave, since 1992. While we have grown since then our goal remains the same - to offer our guests the most extraordinary, unforgettable experience possible.

    As passionate cavers and cave advocates we feel it is a privilege to share this amazing place with you, and when you join a tour with us you do so as our friend and fellow explorer. We hope that at the end of the day, tired and dirty as you may be, you are brimming with as much excitement and appreciation for the cave as we are.

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  • Canmore, Alberta, Canada

    Canmore is an authentic mountain lifestyle community nestled in the spectacular Bow River Valley and surrounded by the majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. In this dynamic and energetic town you will find award-winning festivals, world-class mountain sports, outstanding health and wellness, vibrant arts and culture, unique boutique shopping and remarkable dining experiences, all on the doorstep of Banff National Park.

    Canmore is just a 60 minutes west of Calgary and 25 minutes east of the town of Banff so come visit us and see why in Canmore you can: Do More, Play More, Live More!

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  • Rat's Nest Cave

    Rat’s Nest Cave is a special place. In 1987 it was designated a Provincial Historic Resource because of its incredible archaeological significance. It is home to ancient pictographs, 7000 year old bones, and beautiful cave formations. At over 4km long, Rat’s Nest Cave is one of the longest caves in Canada.

    The water-sculpted passages of the cave offer us seemingly endless opportunities to learn and explore. At 5 degrees celsius, the cave is a cool but comfortable destination every day of the year, a trait enjoyed by cave residents like bushy-tailed wood rats, and North America’s smallest mammal - the pigmy shrew.

    With no lights, handrails or walkways we are left to enjoy the cave in its natural state, just as the original explorers did.

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The Cave Experience

The thought of caving often invokes images of extreme adventure, and if that's what you're looking for we can certainly accommodate.

We also understand that not everyone is into the adventurous side of caving. If you find yourself in this category we still have plenty of great options for you too.

Every caver enjoys the cave in their own way, so let us help you discover what those stories and memories are for you.

Adventure. Inspire. Grow.


Whether your goal is to challenge yourself and push your limits or to enjoy the sights, sounds and unique beauty that the cave has to offer, your story begins here:

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Stories of Adventure in Rats Nest Cave

Experience: Adventure

This is your opportunity to embrace your inner explorer. Climb, crawl, wiggle and slide your way through Rat's Nest Cave on one of our wild cave tours, or discover the fascinating history of the area on our interpretive hike.

Experience: Inspiration in Rats Nest Cave

Experience: Inspiration

The cave speaks to every one of its visitors differently and the unEarthed series is about bringing those stories to light. These unique experiences include musical performances 10-stories underground, guided meditations in the darkest place on Earth and many more.

Experience: Growth in Rats Nest Cave

Experience: Growth

The cave is a fantastic place for challenge and growth. We offer caving courses for those looking to take their caving adventures to the next level, and our team building programs are a unique way to hone leadership, teamwork and communication skills at all levels.

Adventure. Inspire. Grow.

Whether your goal is to challenge yourself and push your limits or to enjoy all of the sights, sounds and unique beauty that the cave has to offer, your story begins here:

Newsworthy

Here are a few of our most recent stories. Feel free to peruse these samples, or head on over to our Stories page to see them all.
  • Dec 1, 2018

    It’s hard to imagine a winter vacation in the Canadian Rockies without skiing or snowboarding, especially with the quantity and quality of ski resorts within such a short distance. And there’s no denying that standing on top of a mountain with blue skies above you and perfect corduroy or knee-deep powder below you are the things dreams are made of.

    But what do you do when the winds are whipping and just the thought of sitting on the chairlift makes your toes go numb? Or you’ve skied out every last drop of pow you can find? Spent so much time in the lift lines that the lifties know you by name and they’re getting *really* friendly?

    The good news is that the Canadian Rockies are home to some of the best non-skiing winter adventures you can find, and here are 5 favourites we’d recommend adding to any ski vacation:

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  • Dec 1, 2018

    We’re rolling into the Holiday Season and let’s be honest, you may not have dry-cleaned your outfit from last year. We don’t blame you. Why rush to clean it now when you can spend your holiday party in your athletic wear?

    Skip the awkward small talk with your coworkers and get straight to the fun, exhilarating times. Here’s how to surprise your team with a one-of-a-kind holiday party that will be talk of the water cooler for months to come...

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  • Sep 12, 2018

    No, this isn’t a Tarzan like story and the Rat’s Nest Cave isn’t where Max met his Jane, at least it’s not the likely story based on our conversation about his wife’s feelings towards the cave. He wasn’t technically raised in the cave either, but he did spend a good portion of his childhood exploring it with his parents.

    Max does describe the cave as his true home, while his house is just somewhere he sleeps at night. Spending equal hours inside it and out, he’s intimately familiar with what’s currently been discovered of the cave so far. Max’s story is more similar to discoverers like Sir Robert McClure who was the first to transit the Northwest Passage. Keep reading if you want to hear all about how he came to caving and why he still sticks with it.

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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 Kristen B.

“BEST ADVENTURE”

Reviewed By: Kristen B
Sept 4, 2016:

"Had a great time exploring the Rats Nest Caves with Canmore Cave Tours. "

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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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Review by David M.

“EXCITING CAVE ADVENTURE!”

Reviewed By: David M
Aug 20, 2016:

"We went to Canmore for my birthday and came across Canmore Cave Tours in our search for something fun to do. We were not disappointed!"

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Explore the Rat's Nest Cave Map

Cave Entrance
Entrance to the Cave

In winter, fixed ropes aid access to the entrance.

Bushy-Tailed Wood Rats
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.

  • Bushy-Tailed Wood Rats
    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.

    Our Partners and Friends

    We work with a number of like-minded experience providers to help you find your next great adventure.

    Book your pre or post-caving activities here, or Contact Us and we'd be happy to help.

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