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To Our Incredible Community

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To Our Incredible Community

It is an honour that for over 25 years we have been able to call the Bow Valley home, and to share it with such an amazing community of people and businesses. Even though the majority of our customers are visitors to the area, it is still very important to us that our fellow residents have the opportunity to experience Rat's Nest Cave as well.

We are excited to welcome all Bow Valley residents to join one of our cave tours at our special locals rates. If you live in Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Exshaw or Dead Mans Flats we invite you to take advantage of the offers below and to join us for the Best Adventure IN the Rockies.

STANDBY

If your schedule is super flexible and you are looking for the best possible deal, well this is it. Just like when you fly standby, there is the possibility that the time, date and tour of your choice won't be available, or that you might get bumped, but you can't beat the price!

Click "availability" to choose a date, complete the form below and we will do our darndest to match you up with the best possible tour. You will not have to pay antyhing until we confirm a tour for you. Please keep in mind that we can't guarantee the availability of standby spots and that guests paying full price will have the right of way.

Please make sure you read the fine print to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements for this offer.

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Locals Rates

Our Explorer and Adventure Cave tours are available to Bow Valley residents year-round for 20% off. And, unlike standby tours, when you make a reservation with the locals rate you will have a guaranteed reservation.

To claim this discount you will need to contact our office. Please make sure you read the fine print to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements for this offer.

Special Offers

We love to work with fellow businesses to bring you some amazing deals. Check back regularly as we will update this section often.

Please make sure you read the fine print to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements for this offer.


Available June, 2020

When you book any tour in June, 2020** you can enjoy the play-at-home clue-solving adventure “Brotherhood: Beginnings” for FREE from our friends at Mystery Towns, and/or the socially distanced outdoor adventure Smugglers Blues for 50% off. Learn more about Mystery Towns app-based clue-solving adventures at www.mysterytowns.com

** Tours and games must occur in June, 2020

The Fine Print

Our locals rate's and offers are available strictly for current residents of the Bow Valley. This includes residents of:

  • Canmore
  • Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Exshaw
  • Dead Man's Flats
  • Harvey Heights

Anyone booking a tour as a local must be able to show valid proof of residency (i.e. current valid drivers license) and any abuse of these offers will result in their removal. Please don't spoil it for others!

Book Your Smugglers Blues Game here and receive 50% off.

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Book Your Brotherhood: Beginnings Game here for free!

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Tour Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions


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Is there a minimum age?

The minimum age for an Explorer Cave tour is 10 years. The minimum age for an Adventure Cave 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.

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 ill 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.