The Horne Lake Caves offer a range of caving opportunities for people of all ages. Horne Lake Caves Facebook

SUMMER FUN: Horne Lake Caves a great family getaway

Up-Island park a mainstay for summer activities for all ages

The Horne Lake Caves might be considered Vancouver Island’s hidden jewel to some, but they’ve also been recognized as some of the best caves in Canada.

Ranked the No. 1 attraction by TripAdvisor, this unique provincial park west of Qualicum Beach offers something for everyone, both above and below ground and is open year round. Park visitors can check out Canada’s only Cave Theatre, hike the Fossil Trail, explore the marble caverns or learn how to rock rappel.

The easiest caving experience is the two-hour Riverbend Explorer Cavern Tour. This guided tour visits crystal-filled Riverbend Cave without any crawling or vertical climbing and is ideal for kids age five and older.

For those looking for more adventure, try the three-hour Multi-Cave Spelunking Tour, which adds some extra caves that feature easy climbing and rock scrambling along with an underground cave slide!

For maximum thrills, the four-hour and five-hour Extreme Tours are your best bet. The four-hour High Adventure Expedition is a great introduction to vertical roped caving – no previous experience necessary. Short crawls and roped climbing leads you to an amazing crystal formation over four storeys tall.

The five-hour Extreme Rappel Tour adds a wild rappel down a seven-storey waterfall underground and a look into the spectacular China Shop near the end of this breathtaking cave.

If you’re not familiar with rappelling, learn the ropes outdoors on the two-hour Rock Rappel Clinic. It’s great for families looking for extra fun.

If you prefer to guide yourself, the park has two caves open for self-guiding. These are more rugged than the Riverbend Explorer Tour, and lighted helmets as well as maps are available to rent.

The summer months are very busy and reservations are recommended by visiting hornelake.com or calling 1-250-248-7829. Call or email for more detailed information, including departure times and weather conditions.

The Cave Park is located next to Horne Lake Regional Park Campground, which offers a beautiful beach, lakefront camping and canoe/kayak rentals – all within walking distance of the park.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Saanich Police looking for information relating to suspicious death

The body of a man was found on Crease Avenue just after 9 a.m. on Saturday

250th Free Little Library installed in Victoria

Greater Victoria now has the highest density of mapped little libraries in the country

Urbanists hope to see Victoria’s unused rooftops, parkades, parking lots become usable green space

Downtown Residents Association says city dwellers should have access to parks

For the love of fibre: fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items

Fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items

Cemetery tour explores Metchosin’s early history

A tour with grave consequences for those wishing to explore Metchosin’s history takes place Aug. 25

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

Most Read