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Special Events:

Nox Musica
Celebrating shorter days and longer nights with music and adventure Sept 27-29, 2019. Learn More.

Halloween Horrors in the Cave
A classic horror movie in a not so classic setting... can you handle it? Oct. 25-27, 2019. Learn More.

Into the Summit
Join us and the PPCLI Foundation to help raise money for the treatment of occupational stress injury in veterans. Nov 10, 2019. Learn More.

Spirit in the Mountain
A new Holiday Tradition. Join us for melodies and merrymaking in a unique concert venue. Dec. 20-23, 2019. Learn More.

Adventure Tour Adventure Tour
6 hours
$175+Gst
Year-Round
6 hours
$175+Gst
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Explorer Tour Explorer Tour
4.5 hours
$135+Gst
Year-Round
4.5 hours
$135+Gst
Year-Round
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introductions

  • 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.

    About Canmore Cave Tours
  • 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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    About Canmore Cave Tours
  • Amazing Cave!
    " This was an amazing tour of the cave! A great activity to do on a rainy day. The guides are excellent. A few tight fits and small spaces. Also no lights except your head lamp. Our tour was 6 hours and was so worth the price you pay. I would recommend this tour."
    hdayman, Sept 9, 2019
  • Exceeded All Expectations!
    " I booked this trip for myself and my partner as a surprise for him- something a little different than the usual hiking! We’ve been into a fair few caves before but the Adventure Day with Canmore Caving was the best experience we’ve had underground so far!!" read more...
    Leichelle, August, 2019
  • A Laugh Out Loud Experience!
    "Brent was an excellent tour guide for our rambunctious group! He was funny, extremely knowledgeable, and very friendly. We were a crazy (and inexperienced) group of 6 best friends celebrating our 30th birthdays, and Brent was up to the task of wrangling us! He very was thorough and made us feel very comfortable for our first time." read more...
    SamanthaT, August, 2019
  • Highlight of our trip
    "My family of 4 had a fabulous time on our tour. We have never done anything like this before, and we just loved it. It wasn't easy but also was very manageable with great coaching from our guide. By the end we were just sliding everywhere on our backsides and crawling on our knees like it was nothing. We got absolutely filthy, but we were wearing their coveralls so it didn't matter. So much fun."
    SueQN, August, 2019
  • WOW what a fantastic experience!
    "Traveled to Banff for a company trip, so my wife and I made it into a family trip with our 19 and 15 year old and a couple of their friends. The experience at the cave was amazing and will be an unforgettable experience for all of us. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and went out of his way to educate us on the cave and the entire area. This is a MUST DO if you are traveling to the Banff area!!!"
    Andy V, July, 2019

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.

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.
  • June 5, 2019

    The Canmore Cave Tours team are thrilled to share an exciting new project with you. As of April 2019, in partnership with the Alberta Speleological Society, we have embarked upon the resurvey of Rat’s Nest Cave; a project that we hope will shed new light on a fascinating and important part of Alberta’s history. As one of the longest caves in Canada it still has potential for significant new exploration and research contributions in the realms of geology, biology, anthropology, ecology, and more. Resurveying the cave is the first step in what we hope will be a long journey of new discovery and we invite you to join us for that journey!

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  • Feb 5, 2019

    Tim and Whitney have been adventuring together since their first date. Living in the mountains benefits a lifestyle centred around hiking, kayaking, and most recently, caving. Pushing boundaries, facing fears, and finding patience are all a part of their journey through both life and the cave. Keep reading to see how the adventure-lovers fared.

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  • Jan 21, 2019

    There is something a little bit odd - disconcerting even - about standing at the entrance of Rat’s Nest Cave on a cold winter day and feeling warm air pouring out of the cave. That can’t be natural, can it? Caves are supposed to be damp and cold, aren’t they?

    How is it that even on the coldest days of the year a dark hole in the side of Grotto Mountain maintains a modicum of warmth while the rest of the countryside succumbs to the long, deep freeze?

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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.

    Canmore Raft Tours
    Kananaskis Outfitters
    Boundary Ranch
    Mad Dogs & Englishman
    Calgary River Experience
    Get Outside Adventures
    Mukwah Rafting
    Wild Life Distillery