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THE BEST
ADVENTURES IN THE
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THE BEST
ADVENTURES IN THE
ROCKIES

Tours, Courses & Team Building

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.
Adult (16+)
$199 + GST
Youth (12-15)
$169 + GST
Available
Year-Round
Group Size
2 - 8 Cavers
Tour Length
~ 6 Hours
Time In-Cave
~ 4 Hours

Explorer Tour

Spend approximately 2.5 hours underground exploring this amazing playground, passing ancient bones and cave formations along the way!
Adult (16+)
$149 + GST
Youth (10-15)
$129 + GST
Available
Year-Round
Group Size
2 - 8 Cavers
Tour Length
~ 4.5 Hours
Time In-Cave
~ 2.5 Hours

Looking for a Little Solitude?

Ask us about our fully private tour options. From September through May you can book a private tour of Rat's Nest Cave with the flexibility to customize your tour the way you want it. This is a great option for a special event like an anniversary, a chance to try your hand at cave photography, or just spend some quality quiet time in the cave.
  • First 2 Cavers:
    $599 + GST
  • Each Additional Person:
    $139 + GST
  • Available:
    Sept - May
  • Group Size:
    2 - 8 Cavers
  • Tour Length:
    ~ 6 Hours
  • Time In-Cave:
    ~ 4 Hours
Team-Building

  • $149-$199 pp + GST *
  • 4.5 - 8 Hours (approx)
  • Canmore, AB
* Group rates avaialble for groups of 8 or more.

Caving is inherently a team sport. It takes a team effort to safely negotiate the cave environment and to achieve the group's objectives. And, nothing brings people together better than spending multiple hours underground, stretching boundaries and pushing limits.

We take this unique quality of caving and transform it into a custom program that will challenge your team or group in a way that is in line with your goals. Whether it's to improve leadership skills, communication, problem solving or just do some group bonding, Rat's Nest cave is the perfect venue for your next team building event.

No experience is required.


Our team building programs are based around our tour products and priced the same. This means that if for some reason a member of your group is struggling with the team building aspect of the program we will default to a tour and just go and have some fun. The most important thing is that everyone has a positive experience.

Examples of past programs include treasure hunts and escape room-like challenges, but we will work with you to build a program specific to your needs. No experience is required, but in-cave activities require a minimum level of fitness. Please see the FAQ section for more information about the cave experience.

You will meet your instructor at the Canmore Cave Tours office in Canmore where you will get a brief overview of the day, sign the waiver, collect your caving equipment and then drive in convoy to the cave parking lot (approximately 7 minutes away). All of your caving equipment is provided. Please see the FAQ section for more information on what is provided and what to bring.

Please contact us to discuss how to make your team building experience as effective and meaningful to your group is possible. We can be very flexible in terms of timing, numbers and activities, and groups of more than 8 are eligible for a group discount.

Gift Certificates

Purchasing a gift certificate is simple. Choose your gift certificate option from the booking widget, enter the relevant information and then click continue to complete your purchase.

Gift certificates can be applied towards any of our tours and they never expire. Any balance remaining after a purchase will remain on the gift certificate for future purchases.

Gift Certificates

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COMMON QUESTIONS

Your questions not covered here? Please contact us!

  • 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 Adventure Tour is 12 years. The minimum age for the Explorer Tour is 10 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 water bottle and a durable snack to keep your energy up in the cave. Cave friendly snacks are pocket-sized, are edible even if squished (you will probably sit on your snack at least once!) and include energy bars, candy bars, fruit leathers etc. Please avoid snacks that will potentially leave a mess in the cave like nuts and fruit. 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 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.

  • WILL I NEED TO SIGN A WAIVER?

    Yes, all participants will need to complete a liability waiver. We recommend you review the waiver before booking your tour. Once you have booked your tour you will receive a link to sign the waiver online . Any minors must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian before participating on the tour.

    View the Waiver

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 Adventure Tour is 12 years. The minimum age for the Explorer Tour is 10 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 water bottle and a durable snack to keep your energy up in the cave. Cave friendly snacks are pocket-sized, are edible even if squished (you will probably sit on your snack at least once!) and include energy bars, candy bars, fruit leathers etc. Please avoid snacks that will potentially leave a mess in the cave like nuts and fruit. 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 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.

WILL I NEED TO SIGN A WAIVER?

Yes, all participants will need to complete a liability waiver. We recommend you review the waiver before booking your tour. Once you have booked your tour you will receive a link to sign the waiver online . Any minors must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian before participating on the tour.

View the Waiver

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