Banff Adventures - Grotto Mountain Cave Tours

Are you ready to see a new side of the Rocky Mountains? Venture beneath the surface of Grotto Mountain and uncover the hidden secrets of one of the longest cave systems in Canada. Perfect for year-round expeditions, and a great way to cool off from hot summer days, caving tours treat guests to incredible views of natural limestone formations including stalagmites and more.

If you’re looking for a unique way to experience the Rockies, caving is a fantastic chance to learn more about the natural history of the region while embarking on a one of a kind adventure. Follow your guide through 4km of awe-inspiring caverns beneath the Bow Valley and keep your eyes peeled for the many fossils you might stumble upon along the way.



Adventure Cave Tour

Includes rappelling



Enter into large chambers, locate mineral formations, animal bones and fossils and make your way into the "Grotto" to discover and examine stalagmites and stalactites and a crystal clear pool. 6 hour tour

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Stalagmites & stalactites



Visit this exciting underground world with a descent into a cave on Grotto Mountain. Come see the ancient rock and mineral formations in this unique activity. Tour duration is 4.5 hours (no rappell included)

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Cave Tours in Banff

Located within the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta is a must-visit location for lovers of the great outdoors and anyone looking to make the most of sunny weather during the summer months.

Surrounded by the soaring peaks of two mountain ranges, Banff is full of adventure around every corner, and is perfect for families, adventure seekers, and everyone in between! 

Grotto Mountain is one of the more famous peaks in the area, and during the summer months, the caverns underneath become a cool hideaway for explorers to traverse. Climb, crawl, and wiggle your way through the infamous rats' nest, and let your inner spelunker run wild!


What to expect

Banff Adventures caving tours are suitable for participants ages 10 (Explorer Tour) or 12 (Adventure Tour) and up and are based out of nearby Canmore, Alberta. Our experienced guides focus on safety, ensuring that all guests know how to navigate the cave properly while also ensuring you have a chance to take in the natural wonders around you. Each tour leads you on a daring adventure that showcases ancient rock and mineral formations, stalagmites and stalactites, making it ideal for anyone who loves to get up close with mother nature.

Note: while there is no experience required for this tour, there is a 30-minute hike to the cave entrance, and there are no walkways or handrails within the cave itself. With this in mind, Banff Adventures recommends a good level of fitness for all participants.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What Should I Wear?
    Dress warm! As the caves are located underground, the consistent temperature is roughly 5°C (41°F) year-round. Even though it may be quite warm outside, as you descend further into the cave, you may find yourself growing quite cold otherwise. In addition, you should wear good boots meant to handle slippery surfaces.
  2. Is Caving Family Friendly?
    Spelunking is suitable for children as young as 10 and 12, however, it’s important to be aware that caving is a relatively strenuous activity. Please ensure that all members of your party are capable of handling both the 30-minute hike to the cave, as well as a 4.5 hr tour within the cave itself.
  3. What Equipment is Provided?
    For your safety, guests are provided with a helmet, kneepads, headlamp, gloves, and backpack.
  4. What Other Activity Options Do You Have?
    Lots! Banff Adventures has a wide selections of tours and packages available all year round!


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