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 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.