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Canmore: Cave Explorer Tour

1. Canmore: Cave Explorer Tour

Enjoy a great activity for families, large groups, and team building on this half-day cave exploration with an expert guide. Partake in a truly unforgettable day as you marvel at the inside of ancient cave formations. Start your day by meeting your guide at the local partner's address. Sign your waiver and collect your caving equipment before setting off in a convoy for a 10 minute drive to the tour destination. When you arrive, pack up your caving gear and enjoy a 30 minute hike up a picturesque mountain trail to the cave entrance. Along the trail, your guide will share with you some of the incredible history of the Bow Valley. Discuss how caves are formed, the geologic history of the area, discover and examine some local fossils, and much more. Make sure to keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and maybe even signs of bears or cougars. Inside the cave you’ll get to climb, crawl, wiggle, and slide your way through water-worn passages. Your route through the cave will include "the Box”, the Five Way Chamber, the Grand Gallery and finally, the Grotto. This beautiful room is the lowest point on the tour, but also one of the highlights with its crystal clear pool and walls covered in stalactites and stalagmites.

Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

2. Banff: Morning Whitewater Rafting Tour in Horseshoe Canyon

Embark on an exciting rafting trip through class 3-4 rapids and with big waves meaning you will get soaked and have lots of fun. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife sightings and enjoy the stunning outdoor beauty of the Horseshoe Canyon section of the Bow River. Start your rafting adventure with an optional pick-up in Banff or Canmore and enjoy the short scenic ride as it winds its way through the Canadian countryside. Once you're fitted with your wetsuits and other safety equipment, be transported in a comfortable bus a short distance to the starting point on the Bow River. Here, your guides will go through safety instructions and paddle techniques ready for your time on the river. Then it's time to jump aboard to start your journey. Admire the views during calm parts of the river and learn from your guide as they lead the group through different paddling techniques. Make sure to watch for the area’s local wildlife, including eagles soaring above and deer strolling along the river banks. Then, the river comes to life, kicking up a series of frothy rapids that will get your heart pumping. Hang tight and listen for your guide's instructions as he helps you navigate the whitewater through the shale cliffs. At the midway point, stop for an optional cliff jump into the glacier-fed waters of the Bow River. Depending on your adventure level you can choose from a medium or a big cliff jump, or simply enjoy watching the others take the plunge. After the thrill of cliff jumping, continue rafting until you reach the endpoint. Return to the river base for high fives, snacks, and optional return transport. This tour operates from mid May to early September, with transport available from late May onwards on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

3. 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: Rat’s Nest Cave Guided Adventure Tour

4. 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.

Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

5. 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.

Canmore: Downtown Sightseeing Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

6. Canmore: Downtown Sightseeing Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

With your smartphone as your audio tour and guide, explore the best of Canmore as you learn about the surrounding mountains, parks, and rivers that have played a role in the town’s history. Visit Canmore Museum, see the Red Telephone Box, stroll around Friendship Park, and more. After downloading your tour on your phone (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), the route begins on the east end of downtown Canmore. From here, see the Three Sisters Gallery before crossing the railway tracks, where you'll learn about the importance the Canadian Pacific Railway had on Canmore's development. Follow along a portion of the Bow Valley Trail where your audio guide will point out some sculptures and tell you about some of the mountains you can see to the north. Learn about some of Canmore's old coal mining equipment that you’ll walk past before making your way to the picturesque Policeman's Creek Trail. As you meander along a portion of the trail, hear about the creek, Bow River, and the Canmore Nordic Center. After about a kilometer, find yourself in the heart of downtown Canmore, where you'll hear about its history and historic buildings like the Canmore Hotel and the Canmore Miners Union Hall. Spot Mount Rundle, the Canmore Museum, and Geoscience Center and get a taste of nature as you head through Friendship Park. Finally, finish up your tour with a short walk through Centennial Park, followed by stops at the famous North-West Mounted Police Barracks and the Big Head sculpture where you'll learn all about how Canmore got its name.

Banff: Grotto Canyon Icewalk

7. 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

8. 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: Hidden Gems and Untold Stories Walking Tour

9. 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: Cowboys and Coal Mines History Walking Tour

10. Canmore: Cowboys and Coal Mines History Walking Tour

Enjoy this immersive experience into the history of western Canada. Let your fun and friendly guide take you on a journey through time and reveal the stories behind the scenery. Go back into the history and mystery of the first peoples of the Rockies. Explore a history written in rock! This tour will provide you with a story of mystery and intrigue that was shared by the early explorers, pioneers, and cowboys that called the Rockies home. Rated as a leisurely walk suitable for the whole family! A truly authentic local experience presented by professional guides and local historians.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 43 reviews

I went with my partner, 3 kids (youngest 15) and my dad and his wife. My dad is 74! We all had a great time! Our guide, Gabriel was amazing and so great with my dad and his wife. He made the ride so much more enjoyable! I could tell all the staff and guides were an amazing group. High energy and lots of fun! I would do this again in a heartbeat!

I loved it. My issue was that there was no info about the local company process or app to be able to down load and access the tour. I had to call. Wasted almost an hour as I as driving alone and had to stop multiple times

Our guide Jacob was excellent. He made sure we got to the summit safely and shared a variety of informations with us. We would recommend this hike!

Guide was very knowledge and interesting to to talk to.

We had a great time, and the guide was very informative