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Canmore Cave Tours

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Address: 129 Bow Meadows Cres | Unit 202, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2W8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 877-317-1178
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Canmore Cave Tours operates year-round tours in Rat's Nest Cave, near...

Canmore Cave Tours operates year-round tours in Rat's Nest Cave, near Canmore, Alberta, Canada. For those seeking as much excitement as possible, including squeezes, rappels, and other adrenaline-inducing activities we offer a 6-hour "Adventure Tour". For those just looking to sample what the cave has to offer, or those with less time, we offer a 4.5 hour "Explorer Tour". We can offer these tours year-round, in any weather because the cave is a constant 5 degrees Celsius, a comfortable temperature any time of the year.

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I didn't quite know what to expect in this tour, as I'm usually not one to go on many guided tours- I'm more of a self guided adventurer. However, I was blown away how good this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Suzanne G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I didn't quite know what to expect in this tour, as I'm usually not one to go on many guided tours- I'm more of a self guided adventurer. However, I was blown away how good this experience was! We did the adventure tour (the longer one) and it was definitely not a watered down amusement park ride, but a challenging,... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great visit, difficultly level is totally dependent on you. Which makes it nice for all age groups. I planned this trip for a birthday outing and it was amazing. We all would go again.

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Thank Rayne R
CaveTours, Admin Support at Canmore Cave Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your birthday with us! It's exciting to hear you would all go caving again :) We agree that caving is great for most ages. We do have a minimum age for each tour. (10 years and older on the Explorer Tour and 12 years or older on the Adventure Tour) More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came and did a Cave Tour of the Rat's Nest Cave as part of a bachelorette party in November. What a fantastic tour! Lisa was our guide, she has such a great knowledge of the formation of the mountains and the caves. We had a few stopping points on the hike up as well as several in the caves... More 

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CaveTours, Admin Support at Canmore Cave Tours, responded to this review

Hi Ellen, Thanks for your review! We agree that Lisa is way more exciting than any high school science class :) you make an excellent point about 'experiencing' it for yourself. Congrats on challenging yourself on the 'squeezes!' The Canmore Cave Tours Team More 

Saskatoon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We REALLY enjoyed our day caving. Our guide (Max) was knowledgeable, skilled, and fun and the cave was incredible. The day was more adventurous than we had anticipated - you should be comfortable with the idea of caving and small spaces before booking - this is not a show cave! The day itself was a unique experience in the area.... More 

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CaveTours, Admin Support at Canmore Cave Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Anna! More 

Winnipeg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We literally booked this last minute after googling things to do in Canmore and had a great experience. I've always wanted to go caving and was not disappointed! We hiked 40 minutes to the cave entrance and geared up. We climbed, crawled, shimmied and slid through to each room, the Grotto, the gallery, etc. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable... More 

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CaveTours, Admin Support at Canmore Cave Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience. We are so glad you found us! Although advance reservations are recommended it is possible in the fall/winter to get on a trip with little notice. You are welcome back anytime to try the Adventure Tour! More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We read on this website and so curious this place, we were not sure which package tour to pick. At first we picked Explorer Cave as good basic for us in our age 40's. Then few hrs later. We read other people reviews about this. We decided to change to Adventure Cave as we tried for the FUN as we... More 

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CaveTours, Admin Support at Canmore Cave Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience, way to go for it and take on the Adventure Tour! A little nervousness is normal but it sounds like you had some fun and shook off that nervousness; especially if your favourite part was the Laundry Chute. We appreciate your feedback about Brandon and his attention to safety. I suppose when you thought about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our tour guide Brendan was fantastic. He was knowledgeable, calm, friendly and confident. The Cave tour exceeded our expectations and was an amazing learning experience for us and our 12 year old daughter. The tour was on-time and well delivered. Brendan ever took the time to take cool pictures of us coming out of the tight squeezes. The only thing... More 

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CaveTours, Admin Support at Canmore Cave Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us on a cave tour Jane! We will pass along your kind comments to Brandon (although I'm sure if you keep up the flattery he is happy to be called Brendan). It sounds like he can even add photographer to his resume and use you as a reference :) You are correct that there is a moderate... More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Did the Explorer tour with Max. Max was not only reassuring but also knowledgeable. It was similar to Geology 101; but in front of your eyes. He knows the cave like the back of his hand so that is reassuring. I was concerned about my lack of fitness but Max was observant and allowed for breathing breaks. Definitely A plus... More 

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CaveTours, Admin Support at Canmore Cave Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us on a tour! We couldn't ask for a better grade than A+, we will be sure Max sees your positive comments. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

we did the Explorer tour with George. There were 5 of us in total and George was delightful at providing information about the trees/plants as we climbed the 1/2 hour up a mountain to the cave. It was a bit strenuous depending on your level of fitness, but George provided lots of rest opportunities. Once we arrived he helped us... More 

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Adam W, Owner at Canmore Cave Tours, responded to this review

Hi Maureen, We are happy to hear you enjoyed the tour and your appreciation of the underground environment! Just a note about children/youths; our minimum age is 10 years old for the Explorer Tour and 12 years old for the Adventure Tour. We have a great alternative Discovery Hike to the cave entrance and a peek inside for children under... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

This was the 6hr Adventure Tour. 30 min hike up side of mountain, 60ft repel inside the cave, plus other climbing, crawling, sliding, shimmy your body through areas, to 30 min back down mountain. This took me way over MY normal boundaries, but I'm so glad I experienced this. Max our guide was super!!! We, my husband and I, married... More 

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CaveTours, Admin Support at Canmore Cave Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Mrs. Ferguson! We will pass on your positive comments to Max. You did a great job of summing up our Adventure Tour. Although there is a certain level of fitness that is required our trips really are designed with the beginner in mind. You are not alone in stepping outside your comfort zone and heading underground; congratulations it... More 

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