Explore the deep, dark caves of the escarpment on these caving tours near Toronto. Crawl, climb and squeeze through three naturally air-conditioned caves. Your guides will lower you into an 80-ft crevice cave and you can search for the freshwater spring in the cave. You’ll be amazed at the lush hiking and photogenic landscape. This is a refreshing trip in the heat of the summer.
General Itinerary (may vary depending on group size, speed and promptness).
10:00 a.m. – Instructors meet you at the designated area. Participants are required to sign waivers.
10:05 a.m. – Participants are given harnesses, helmets, caving gloves, and headlamps.
10:15 a.m. – Participants are escorted to the first cave
12:00 p.m. – Break for lunch at lookout point
12:30 p.m. – Continue to second and third cave
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Return to parked vehicles.
Experience the wonders of the Maligne Canyon from the ground up on this guided winter ice walk canyon tour in Jasper National Park. This is Jasper's most popular winter tour. Your guide will lead you safely along the frozen canyon floor through its maze of fascinating ice sculptures. Explore the entrance to a cave system, ice caves, fossils and towering frozen waterfalls stretching over 30m up the canyon walls. Your tread enhancing cleats and winter boots will help you stay warm and feel secure while walking on the ice.
Explore the mystery written in stone on these canyon tours into the Grotto Canyon. View the wonders of the passages etched and sculpted thousands of years by running glacier water, and view the awe inspiring formations of the canyon. Your guides begin with an interpretive walk through the forest to the canyon. This includes learning about plants in the area, tracking animals and geology. Once at the canyon your guide will point out the native trade routes, and then inside the canyon your guide will discuss the pictographs drawn on the walls. The information about the pictographs is from the archaeologist's theories and the aboriginal perspective.
During winter you will don ice cleats to keep you from slipping on the ice, and you walk on the wonders of the water to explore the blue ice formations through the canyon and the frozen water falls at the end where sometimes you might see the ice climbers in action! For those wanting more adventure or just a different perspective, you can head into the canyon at night with head lamps! Imagine the full moon glinting off the ice sheets in all their splendor.
Can science help us understand the belief systems of the early natives known as the Pelican Lake People? You will look at the pictographs from various perspectives and discuss the view points of the Archeologists and the Natives. You will discuss with your guide what they are, how they were painted, when were they painted, why they were painted and what do they mean, who may have painted them and the pictographs today.
Explore underground on this caving trip to Rat's Nest Cave located under Grotto Mountain near Canmore, Alberta. This wild undeveloped cave has no artificial lights, boardwalks or handrails, it is a cave in its natural state. Discover how caves form; find out how animals and humans use caves; examine stalactites, stalagmites, animal bones and fossils; learn about the geology of the picturesque Bow Valley in the Canadian Rockies.
More than one ton per second of water was pumped through this limestone cave system from extinct glaciers of the last million years. As you walk up to the cave you will look down on the Bow River as it flows along the huge glacial valley that once contained the cave-forming glaciers. Now the glacial waters have drained from the cave leaving glacial deposits, and glistening calcite formations, all of which you can view in perfect safety.
The adventure begins in Canmore with a 10 minute drive to the base of Grotto Mountain followed by a 30 minute hike to the cave, through a scenic montane forest. The longer tour includes a short rappel in the cave. Expert guides take you on a Natural History tour of this exciting underground world - etched and sculptured over hundreds of thousands of years - through twisting passages and chambers of stalactites & stalagmites, animal bones and fossils.