Wild Cave Tours and Events

IN the Canadian Rockies

What Story Will You Tell?

There are many ways to experience Rat's Nest Cave. Whether it's by squeezing through the Challenge Squeeze on the Adventure Tour, listening to some great music at an unEarthed Concert, or enjoying the serenity of the cave on a private Solitude tour, our mission is the same - to help you have an experience you will never forget.

Explore the options below to find your next unforgettable.
Cavers rappelling in Rat's Nest Cave on the Adventure Tour

Adventure Tour Adventure Tour

6 hours
$199+Gst
Year-Round
6 hours
$199+Gst
Year-Round
Cavers rappelling in Rat's Nest Cave on the Adventure Tour

Adventure Tour

This Canadian Signature Experience is our longest cave tour. It includes an 18m rappel and plenty of time to explore passages like the Laundry Chute.

  • Canmore, AB
  • 6 hours
    (~4 hours Underground)
  • $199.00 + GST
    (12-15 yrs: $169 + GST)
  • Ages 12 +
  • Year Round
  • Challenge: Moderate
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Happy female caver on the Explorer Tour wearing a helmet, light and coveralls.

Explorer Tour Explorer Tour

4.5 hours
$149+Gst
Year-Round
4.5 hours
$149+Gst
Year-Round
Happy female caver on the Explorer Tour wearing a helmet, light and coveralls.

Explorer Tour

The Explorer Tour may be our shortest cave tour, but it is by no means short on fun and excitement.

You will spend approximately 2 hours underground exploring this amazing playground, passing ancient bones and cave formations along the way!

  • Canmore, AB
  • 4.5 hours
    (~2.5 hours Underground)
  • $149.00 + GST
    (10-15 yrs: $129+ GST)
  • Ages 10 +
  • Year Round
  • Challenge: Moderate
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Enjoy the Smugglers Blues Mystery Tour in Canmore
Smuggler's Blues Mystery Tour - Canmore

When you book any Adventure cave tour with us now until February 28th, 2019 we will treat you to one of our favourite Canmore activities - a Smuggler's Blues game with Mystery Towns.

The Smugglers Blues game from Mystery Towns is the perfect way to see the hidden gems of Canmore even the locals don't know!

Regular Price: $49/group(2-4 players)
Available: Year-Round

Tour Information

Smuggler's Blues Mystery Tour

Provided by Mystery Towns

Per group of up to 4 people

A quick and FUN way to see Canmore! This short Mystery Towns Adventure can be taken any day at any time - showing you Canmore's mountain views, riverside trails and fascinating history at your convenience. Work together to solve clues & puzzles that arrive by App - whether you race or relax is up to you!

How it works

  • 1. You need a charged cellphone and your booking code (emailed after purchase).
  • 2. You and your team/group meet at the starting point and begin the tour by entering the code in the App
  • 3. Your first clue will arrive at your phone.
  • 4. Follow directions to solve the clue, and enter the correct answer to receive the next one.
  • 5. Stuck on a clue? Ask for hints on reaching your destination or solving clues - though time penalties will be added to your final score!
  • 6. Complete all the clues and solve the final mystery.
  • 7. Check the online leaderboard to see how you did - or to laugh at those who clearly didn't spend enough time enjoying the journey!

When: You can begin your adventure any day at any time (we recommend daylight hours)

Walking Distance: Your adventure involves approximately 3.5km of leisurely walking

Average Time: Most groups take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the adventure, plus any breaks.

Contact Us or visit Mystery Towns for more information.

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Enjoy the Smugglers Blues Mystery Tour in Canmore
Wild Life Distillery - Canmore

When you book any cave tour with us now until February 28th, 2019 we will treat you to one of our favourite post-caving activities - a tour of Canmore's Wild Life Distillery (yes, samples included!).

Wild Life Distillery is one of Canmore's first craft distilleries and, located just a block away from our office, it makes for the perfect wind-down after a day of caving.

Regular Price: $10.00
Available: Year-Round

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Special Offers &
Packages


We work with an amazing group of partner companies to bring you a selection of some of the best experiences in the Bow Valley. Visit our Adventure Hub page to see what else we have to offer, or Contact Us and we'd be happy to make some recommendations and reservations for you!

Some of these offers require us to make reservations on your behalf with our Adventure Hub partners, and while we will do our best to reserve the dates requested they are of course subject to availability. Always best to give us as much lead time as possible!

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Gift Certificates


Give the gift of adventure.

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Upcoming Events

In addition to the many tours and courses we offer year-round at Rat's Nest Cave, as part of our unEarthed events series we are going to be hosting a collection of exciting, unique experiences including concerts, speakers and much more. Check in regularly as we update the website with new events because you definitely don't want to miss these once-in-a-lifetime moments! You can also follow our Facebook Page and keep tabs on the up and coming excitement that way too!

Vertical Caving Primer
Feb 11, 2024

Christmas Concerts in the Cave

Learn the art of single rope technique and take your caving adventures vertical!

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The Descent
Feb 16, 2024

Christmas Concerts in the Cave

Whether your planning a Valentine's Adventure or Galentine's Adventure, this is sure to be the most unforgettable one yet!

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A Family Day Journey
Feb 19, 2024

Christmas Concerts in the Cave

Join us for a journey to the centre of the Earth to watch this modern take onthe Jules Verne classic. Special offer for Family Day!

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Intro to Caving
Feb 25, 2024

Cave Navigation

The Canmore Cave Tours Introduction to Caving Course introduces those with little or no experience to the world of caves, teaching the basic skills required to safely enjoy and appreciate the truly special places that caves are.

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Intro to Cave Survey
Mar 3, 2024

Cave Navigation

This course will introduce you to the process of surveying in a cave, specifically with regards to collecting and managing the survey data. You will learn both analog and digital measurement techniques, and well as how to accurately record and sketch the collected data.

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Vertical Caving Ignition
Mar 17, 2024

Christmas Concerts in the Cave

In part 2 of our vertical caving training, we'll take your new-found SRT skills into the real world. Must complete Part 1 - Vertical Caving Primer first.

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Frequently
Asked
Questions

What is the difference between the Adventure and Explorer Tours?

The Adventure Tour is a total of 6 hours long, 4 hours of which are spent underground. The Explorer Tour spends 2.5 of its total 4.5 hours underground. The main difference between the two is that the Adventure Tour includes an 18m rappel (no experience necessary) and the extra time allows us to explore more of the cave. Both tours are similar in difficulty and require a moderate level of fitness.

Is there a minimum age?

The minimum age for the Explorer Tour is 10 years.

The minimum age for the Adventure 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.

How large of a group can I bring?

For the Explorer Tour we can accommodate up to 48 people in a single group. Usually we will break this group up into smaller groups as we travel through the cave or along the trail, but you will all be in the cave together. On the Adventure Tour the most we can accomodate at a single time is 16 people. Our specialty programs will list the maximum group size for that particular activity.

Despite these general restrictions we will always endeavour to make something work for you. We are limited by the number of staff we have available on a particular day, but we are willing to get very creative with logistics if you are! Give us a call to discuss your ideas and if we can, we will make something work: contact us.

Group Rates and Non-profit Rates

Groups of eight (8) or larger are eligible for our group rate discount. We also have special rates available for non-profit groups like schools, community groups, teams, etc.

What is included and what should I bring?

We provide all of the necessary caving equipment including coveralls, kneepads, gloves, helmet & headlamp, harness & safety ropes, and a 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 bottle of water, a snack that you can carry through the cave in your pocket and (optional) a camera. 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 non bulky 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 pocket. 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 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 free public transit to get to our office - Roam transit.

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.

What if I'm pregnant?

Please make sure the inform us if you are expecting. We are happy to speak discretely with you about it if it hasn't been made public knowledge, but for your sake and the child's it is important that your guide is aware of the situation.

Participation on the Adventure and Explorer Tours is limited to first trimester (12 weeks) only. The Discovery Tour has no restrictions as long as this level of activity does not dramatically exceed that to which you are accustomed. Feel free to Contact Us if you'd like more information.

It is always adviseable to consult with your physician before participating in an activity like caving while pregnant.