It was only in the last month that I stumbled on the fact that Canmore, Alberta boasts one of the largest cave systems in Canada with approximately four kilometres mapped to date. You’d think that after living in Calgary for over three years, I would have heard about this – but I hadn’t.
The thought of caving scares a lot of people – including myself. Fortunately there are tours for novices like me who want to test themselves, experience a real adventure and get the adrenalin pumping. Canmore Cave Tours, with an office just 10 minutes from downtown Canmore has been around for 30 years. Though they started with tours for the military, they have turned the business into a year round affair. (Caves maintain a constant temperature of about 5 C so you can quite literally cave 365 days a year). Now they take about 4,000 people per year into the Rat’s Nest Cave on one of four tours that they offer. I signed up for the six hour adventure tour – with four of the six hours underground.