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.
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!
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.Explore the Cave Map
" 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."
"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...
"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."
"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!!!"
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!
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.
We believe the souvenirs you take home are just as much a part of your experience as your time in the cave so you won't find the standard gift-shop fare here.
We have partnered with some of our local artisans and asked them to help tell the story of the cave through their eyes, and their craft. You won't find these little pieces of Canmore anywhere else in the world.