Upana Caves
Upana Caves
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Chris C
Squamish, Canada5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The Upana caves are so great! There is many different trails and cave systems to explore and climb through. Definitely worth the drive!
Written September 24, 2023
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Nancy N
British Columbia, Canada16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Worth a stop on the gravel road between Gold River and Tahsis, the caves are indicated by a small sign. There are several caves a short distance from the parking lot on good pathways. Cave entrances are clearly marked - you'll enjoy visiting the entrances without gear. To properly explore them, you'll need proper gear including helmets, headlamps and wet weather clothing with proper shoes. It is pitch black inside the caves without much in the way of markings - so come prepared with your own maps.
Written August 26, 2023
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Richelle S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Loved the last cave, Resurgence, the best. Absolutely spectacular. Make sure you wear good, non slip shoes and a helmet. Make sure you have a helmet. We had one person slip and fall and thankful to have a helmet on. Helmet was dented, but wasn't the head. Want to go back and would wear knee pads for being able to crawl, instead of squat threw some areas. Dress warmly.
Written June 19, 2023
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John C
Vancouver Island, Canada466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Well worth the half hour drive from Gold River, part on a firm packed gravel road.
Enjoy the scenery along the way.
The caves are a short walk from the small parking area.
Enjoy the tranquility and sounds of nature.
You are remote, outside cell coverage and in bear country.
The caves are spectacular.
Bring appropriate footwear and flashlights.
Written September 20, 2022
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Victoria_BCMoose
Victoria, BC21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We loved exploring this cave system, which is in a beautiful forested setting and so quiet and peaceful. You explore at your own risk, so be very careful if thinking of bringing children, but we found the caves to be quite magical and so interesting. We were the only folks there! Bring good flashlights and a crash helmet would be good!!
Written September 27, 2021
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kabukiarmadillo
Victoria, Canada67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The Upana caves are located along the Tree-to-Sea route between Gold River and Tahsis on northern Vancouver Island. It's a gravel road, but not a difficult one to drive. They are located about fifteen minutes out of Gold River.

If you are properly equipped with headlamps, head gear, mud pants and jackets, rubber gloves, maybe knee pads and hiking poles, you'll be well equipped to fully explore the caves. We had some gear, but with no mud pants and proper lamps we were mostly confined to poking our heads into a few tunnels.

My big complaint was that the the cave maps at each entrance were less than helpful. It's hard to interpret the schematics. They often had these random overlapping white blobs along the route. Were they potato chips? Pools of quicksand? Caverns along the way? Who knows? They don't appear on the legend.

Nor was the colour scheme helpful. Presumably it was meant to indicate the different depths, but with no scale to refer to it was useless info.

The legend for one map had a 'you are here' symbol... except that it didn't appear anywhere on the map itself which didn't inspire our confidence in the maps' usefulness.

Furthermore, once you go any depth into the caves, it gets pitch black. Lights don't help with directions either... the dancing shadows and tunnel entrances are all equally black making navigation hit-and-miss. I wasn't keen on getting lost in there somewhere so we didn't go in too deep.

They really need some sort of markings or direction indicators inside the caves... Rope? Painted arrows?

Even if you don't get too deep into the caves though, there are still plenty of opportunities for dramatic photos.
Written September 4, 2021
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Jamila D
Vancouver Island, Canada63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We didn't have the equipment to go into the caves properly, but even the short walk around the caves and exploring a few entrances was worth the trip. Will be back.
Written July 24, 2021
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bill w
Nanaimo, Canada3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Snow was visible beside the road soon after we left Gold River, was well maintained into Tahsis but the road into the caves was blocked by snow, no way to access the caves this time of year.
Written March 31, 2021
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Krystal and Alex in CR
Campbell River, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We decided to take a day trip from Campbell River Summer of 2019 to the Upana Caves and boy was it an amazing trip. This was a fascinating set of caves off a dirt road. There is little parking and depending on how other visitors park it will be difficult. We will definitely be back with family as it is a must see.
Written February 19, 2020
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Tracy H
Alberta, Canada49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
This is our third trip to Upana caves- always interesting and a lot of fun!! It is easy to get around, you can get further down into the caves if you like.. or just wonder into the entrances up top. On a hot day it is always nice and cool in the caves, also an excellent place to be if it's pooring rain. The signage is very informative and easy to follow.
Written August 19, 2018
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