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Canmore: Rat’s Nest Cave Guided Adventure Tour

1. Canmore: Rat’s Nest Cave Guided Adventure Tour

Explore the Rat’s Nest Cave on this adventure in Canmore with a guide and safety equipment. Experience the cave in its natural state, just as the original explorers did, without handrails or walkways. Enjoy an 18-meter rappel and plenty of time to explore passages like the Laundry Chute. Meet your guide to collect your caving equipment and undergo a safety briefing. Then, follow them for a 10-minute drive to the cave parking lot. Suit up in your caving gear and hike for 30 minutes up a mountain trail to the cave entrance. Along the way, listen to stories that tell the incredible history of the Bow Valley. Gain insight into how caves are formed, learn about the geologic history of the area, discover and examine some local fossils, and more. Make sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and maybe even signs of a bear or a cougar. Once at the entrance, climb, crawl, wiggle, and slide your way through the cave's water-worn passages. Your route through the cave gives you a lot of adrenaline-pumping moments including rappelling down an 18-meter drop, passing the Five Way Chamber, crawling through the Laundry Chute, and taking in the Grand Gallery. Finally, make your way to the Grotto, the lowest point on the tour, but also one of the highlights with its crystal-clear pool and walls covered in stalactites and stalagmites. Emerge victoriously from the cave with a celebratory high five. Return to the cave parking lot and say goodbye to your guide.

From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

2. From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

Visit Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Banff Town, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. A free time to explore around Banff Town, Bow falls, Secret Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Lake Minnewanka, and Two Jack Lake. Round-Trip Transportation from Calgary. • Update: We only offer a PRIVATE TOUR exclusively for your group and family, We will follow the strict health guidelines to operate this tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.

Canmore: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

3. Canmore: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

Discover the picturesque Canmore with a guided walking tour. Meet your guide at Rotary Friendship Park and learn about the local secrets and hidden gems.  Hike on a scenic trail that is great for families. The easy to moderate hike takes you up a continued incline to the spectacular turquoise lakes. Pass by a waterfall and take in breathtaking views along the way.  Explore the lakes with your local guide and see ancient pictographs hidden in the rocks. Enjoy a unique experience and feel a deep connection by exploring an ancient world of wilderness and wildlife.

Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

4. Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

Embark on a hiking tour by meeting your guide at the designated meeting point. From there, depart on a short 15-minute drive to the trailhead.  Explore the narrow-walled creek bed which twists and turns for many kilometers. Reach a fork in the creek bed as the smooth limestone walls get steeper and steeper. Head right to see a glistening waterfall.  Discover ancient, indigenous pictographs hidden in the cave walls and learn about the history that has almost been lost in time. The tour is offered in the summer and winter.  In the winter, ice cleats and hiking poles are supplied. Exploring the canyon in the winter is a very unique and rewarding experience. Go deep into the canyon with your ice cleats allowing you to go into more unexplored areas.

Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

5. Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

Enjoy the drive from Banff in a modern minibus after your friendly guide picks you up from the meeting point. You'll take the scenic drive to Grotto Canyon in Canmore, a local's secret. On arrival at the Grotto Canyon trailhead, your guide will show you how to put on ice cleats over your winter boots, as well as give you some tips on winter hiking.  From here, you'll start the moderate 2.1 kilometer hike along the frozen creek bed through the narrow canyon to the spectacular icefalls. Walk directly on the ice and on the creek bed floor for a unique view of the canyon.  Your guide will point out the stunted pine forest and hidden ancient native pictographs, which were likely created by Hopi visitors from the Arizona region. Learn more about First Nation history in the Bow Valley. Warm up with hot chocolate and maple cookie snack before hiking back.

Canmore: Intro to Mountains 6-Hour Hiking Tour

6. Canmore: Intro to Mountains 6-Hour Hiking Tour

Explore off the beaten path and get away from the crowds. Get amazing bird's-eye views of the Rockies as you hike to the mountain tops and stop at the 360-degree lookouts. The tour starts in the morning by meeting your guide, who will transfer you to the mountains. Begin a two-hour hike to the first viewpoint where you'll stop for lunch and snacks. After a short break for lunch, the tour continues higher into the alpine and mountain tops to another beautiful 360-degree lookout. Experience walking amongst the mountain peaks for 15 to 20 minutes until returning back down. Enjoy this unique experience with a fully trained and certified local guide. You will be provided with hiking poles on your arrival.

Canmore: Kananaskis Country Snowshoe Tour

7. Canmore: Kananaskis Country Snowshoe Tour

This tour will begin as you meet your guide at the Canmore Visitor Centre. It will be at this location that you will complete your orientation and sign your waiver and medical forms before convoying for approximately 45 minutes to the trailhead. Getting to the trailhead includes driving maintained compact gravel roads covered in snow, and winter tires are recommended. Once having arrived at the trailhead, you will hike for 3.5 kilometers and ascend 984 feet. Your moderately-difficult tour will eventually end at a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by cliffs from the towering and picturesque Mount Chester. Following this summit, you will return back to the trailhead. From there you will drive back to the tour orientation point.

Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours

8. Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours

The Discover the Rockies Package, with its driving and two walking tours, gives you the opportunity to take in the mountain beauty of the Rockies and the scenic towns of Canmore and Banff.. One of our most popular audio tours, the between Calgary and Lake Louise Driving tour , takes you along Trans-Canada Highway 1, one of the most exciting drives in Alberta. Start anywhere along the route between Calgary and Lake Louise. With your smartphone as your guide, you’ll learn about the surrounding mountains, parks and rivers that have played a role in the historical development of the area. Learn about the discovery of the Banff Hot Springs and admire the beauty of Banff National Park. Hear about Kananaskis Country and other sights at your own pace. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Entertaining audio clips will play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map, and no data is used during the tour. The Canmore Downtown Sightseeing Walking Tour explores the best of Canmore. Visit Canmore Museum, see the Red Telephone Box, stroll around Friendship Park, and more. Beginning on the east end of downtown you’ll see the Three Sisters Gallery, and you'll learn about the importance of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Follow along a portion of the Bow Valley Trail and learn about some of Canmore's coal mining history before making your way to the picturesque Policeman's Creek Trail. In the heart of downtown, you'll hear about its history and historic buildings like the Canmore Hotel and the Canmore Miners Union Hall. Finish up your tour with a short walk through Centennial Park. Enjoy listening to the history and culture of the Banff City Highlights Walking Tour. Chart your own course using the GPS map and find out where to find the town's statues, sculptures, and murals as you explore the historic downtown. Hear the story of how the town was founded and visit sites like the riverside Banff Central Park or the historic Victorian-style home at the Luxton Home Museum. Learn about the buildings, sculptures, surrounding mountains, and parks that have played a role in the town’s history.

From Canmore: Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration

9. From Canmore: Canadian Rockies Canyon Exploration

Upon arrival at the meeting point, complete orientation, waivers, and medical forms before a short drive to the trailhead. Hike a short distance through spruce and pine forest before entering the canyon. Explore this water sculpted canyon in summer, or ice filled canyon in winter with ice walking crampons underfoot. After weaving up through the canyon, viewing pictographs, waterfalls, and a variety of interesting rock formations, enjoy lunch below a cave. Enjoy the spectacular natural history, scenery, flora and fauna of the Canadian Rockies with your local guide on this three to four hour hike.

Kananaskis Country: 1-Day Hike

10. Kananaskis Country: 1-Day Hike

Meet your guide at the Kananaskis Visitor Information Centre and complete a quick orientation session before starting your hike through Kananaskis Country. Your journey through the region will begin with a convoy to the trailhead. Once at the trailhead, you’ll follow one of five hiking trails. As you venture through Kananaskis Country, you’ll have the chance to see stunning views of the Canadian Rockies and learn about bear awareness. Along the way, there will be a rest stop for you to relax and enjoy lunch while marvelling at the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Once you’ve finished lunch, the hike will continue back to the starting point of the trailhead, where the tour will come to an end. This hike is a great opportunity to experience the unique flora, fauna, geography, and geology of Alberta.

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What people are saying about Canmore

A truly excellent tour of the National Park. Would highly recommend. Arnel, our guide was fantastic and made the tour an exceptional highlight of our visit to Calgary. Couldn’t fault his knowledge and his enthusiasm. Thank you very much.

Very unique and enjoyable. Guide Brent was awesome, the cave was very cool and they have done a great job preparing the cave for people to enjoy different caving experiences like repelling and climbing through squeezes.

It was an excellent trip. I would like to thank absest transport and their driver Arnel as he planned everything properly and showed us most of the places that he could and made this a memorable trip.

Well worth the money. Brent was a awesome tour guide and it was an epic experience. Definitely recommend doing it while in Calgary/Banff area, and recommend doing the Abseil.

Guide was very knowledge and interesting to to talk to.