Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Explore the Hidden Gem of Vancouver Island, now open with limited daily tour departures, smaller group sizes and new health and safety protocols. Winner of BC’s Remarkable Experience Award and ranked #1 of 22 Things To Do IN Vancouver Island. Explore this park in 3D - above by hiking through the beautiful rainforest Fossil Trail or venturing underground on a guided tour. Start your journey with a short hike through the forest to reach the cave entrance. Here you’ll begin a fascinating subterranean experience. As you step away from the emerald forest and deeper into the cave, a new world of crystal formations, marbled passages and ancient fossils are revealed. Navigate ramps, ladders and slides to meander through the caverns. Feel the cool air. Listen to the sound of your guide’s voice, the steady drip of water or the rumbling of an unexpected waterfall. Turn off your headlamp to heighten your senses and absorb the power of complete darkness on this fun and educational adventure!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sarah H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best guid ever
    I had an absolutely blast doing this bucket list adventure. We went to the island just for this. I don't know what was more fun. Our guide or the caves themselves. Our guids name was Curtis. He was not only incredibly witty and funny but very informative as well. He made us feel very safe and he kept a close eye on us all. It was a visually stunning hike up the hill towards the caves. Then once we were inside he helped us navigate around. I was not expecting the rushing water but was dressed appropriately just in case. I would love to go back and try one of the longer more advanced cave options. Great memories made :).
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Guide32419499161
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    We went on the Action pack tour. It was great! Our guide T.J. was lots of fun and very informative. Would highly recommend renting the cave suit and rubber boots, especially if it is a wet time of year. We would definitely go on one of their other tours as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2023
  • Linda M
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Time Ever
    As a 66 year not in the best shape for physical activities, our guide Oscar was very patient and encouraging. The caves were incredible and Oscar shared a lot of information about the caves which made the tour more interesting. Had a real caving experience and very proud that I accomplished the activity.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Alex-St-Swiss
    Zurich, Switzerland13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great adventure! Definitely recommended!
    We did the The Action Pack (Main & Lower Caves) It has been a real pleasure to climb in this caves. it has been challenging and pretty cool! Guide was amazing (Kate), very helpful, friendly and clearly instructing. We recommend it definitely to all adventure seeking people! and would definitely not miss the opportunity to experience this adventure! You can get trough the whole tour without getting wet shoes in summer. But if you don't take care at some points, you will get wet shoes. We recommend to rent a Cave Suite from the company, as it keeps you warm, protected and you will not make your own clothes dirty or shred them.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Andrea Y
    Delta, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Achilles Challenge Rocks!
    My 13 year old and I completed the Achilles Challenge today. We came last year and loved it so much that we came back again this year. It was amazing!! Our guide, Chloe, was fabulous - knowledgeable, funny, patient and passionate about caving - we enjoyed all the challenges and have a new appreciation of cave exploration. We will definitely return for the next challenge and look forward to having Chloe guide us again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Inna S
    Vancouver, Canada33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful caves and fun activity
    This was our second time doing a tour with my 9 year old and her friend. This time we did the action pack tour (multi cave the first time). We loved the experience again - the caves are beautiful, it's really neat to be able to experience total darkness and guides tell cool stories about the caves, their exploration and studies around them. We also had couples of different ages on our tour who really seemed to enjoy it too. Highly recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Brittney A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An experience you can't miss!
    My sister and I did the max depth adventure and it was absolutely amazing! Not having experience in caving we were a bit worried signing up for the most intense tour but our guide Chloe made us feel safe and confident the entire time. We can not recommend it enough, loved it from start to finish. P.S. Chloe provided Dad jokes throughout which were much appreciated 🙏
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Jake
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard to believe it took us this long to go...
    My brother and I grew up on the island, always aware of the caves, but never visited them. Now at 37 & 42 we finally went, and it was awesome :) Shout-out to our guide Chlo, who was 10/10 in terms of safety, knowledge, and good vibes, making for a great experience. We completed the Achilles challenge and would definitely come back for the Max Depth!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • NeilMcCubbin
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun day down a hole
    Our tour not listed. We did the deepest one with rappelles and a load of messy wiggling Good fun but energetic and not for the fat boys Our guide, Chloe, was very competent and good fun. Only problem was slight unannounced change in start time
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
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Nancy K
Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had an amazing experience and our guide Cale provided a very educational experience for all of us! We had a true caving experience!!
Written February 27, 2024
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Richi55
Qualicum Beach, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We did a 3 generation "expedition".
Great place to visit with great guides. It has all the great cave futures like stalactites and "curtains".
It is also adventuresome, especially for kids between 9 and 80. Stairs, tight spots and we had also a underground (easy) climb up a waterfall and a slide down.
Written February 25, 2024
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Erika d
Hong Kong, China7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
So much fun for the whole family! great experience ! We went with 3 teens and 3 adults and everyone learned a lot and had lots of fun!!
Written December 30, 2023
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beverly a
Kensington, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We took 2.5 hour cave tour at Horne Lakes Caves over American Thanksgiving. What a great educational tour. Erin, our guide, was both knowledgeable and passionate about caving. The path to the trails was uphill but manageable for most people with a moderate fitness level. The caves themselves were easy to navigate and Erin made the pace slow giving people time to acclimate to the new surroundings.

The park area around the caves is beautiful with the lake and many trails to explore. A visit to Horne Lake is a lovely day trip at any time of year for people young and old. Bring your own food and dress appropriately (see Lake Horne Cave tour video for what to wear), clean bathrooms are available. We will be back in the summer to explore more caving with Horne Lake Caves.
Written December 5, 2023
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NorthStar55661700185
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and welcoming. She had tons of experience and shared some stories. The highlight was climbing the waterfall in a cave and going through "cheese grater". So exciting and fun!! Hope more people do the tour and get this rare experience. We felt very safe there. Luckily it was dry for 3 days and not much water in the cave.
Written December 5, 2023
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Wesley J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Mostly want to acknowledge the guide Curtis! He was very enthusiastic, but not annoying or phony about it. Plenty of witty and silly jokes thrown in throughout some awesome knowledge. The facts about the ecosystem and history he gave us were delivered in a very fluid style and not boring at all. It was clear that he was passionate as an explorer. Curtis also shared some epic personal stories which were inspiring to me and some others in my group. I felt very cared for but not patronized, which can be a tricky balance to strike. Overall his efficiency and consistent delivery were the shining aspects of what made the tour informative and super fun! Thank you for introducing me to caving. I am so stoked I got to take this tour!!! "Challenge by choice" is a great quote of theirs 😁
Written October 13, 2023
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Vicky R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I really enjoyed this experience. So much fun. The guide Adam was knowledgeable and experienced. I would definitely tell my friends and family to visit.
Written October 6, 2023
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Donna P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My spouse and I really enjoyed the Riverbend Cave tour. It was my first visit to a natural cave, no lights or handrails, but it was really fun to scramble over the rocks. Headlamps and hard hats were much appreciated. In this tour, none of the passages are hard to get through, but it is a cool experience climbing down into the earth. We had Cat for a guide and she was excellent, friendly and funny and very knowledgeable. The calcite formations are beautiful and so precious.
The steep hike up wasn't too bad because of multiple stops to see things on the way up the hill.
Written September 29, 2023
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Mareana S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
So cool! The riverbend cave is short but well worth it, especially if you haven’t been caving before. It was a great start to see if you’d like caving or not. The tour guide was so informative which I appreciated. Definitely going back to do more caves in the future!
Written September 18, 2023
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tonirific
Los Angeles, CA24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
My husband and I recently did the Multi-Cave Experience at Horne Lake Caves and are glad we did! It was a fun and interesting adventure, but I wouldn't recommend it for the faint of heart, as the caves (even the introductory Riverbend cave) are very much "natural" - as in, not "designed" for anyone expecting a gentle stroll.

The hike is uphill (but not too difficult), and our fun, friendly, informative guide Ryan took plenty of breaks. But once inside the cave, there is a lot of scrambling necessary, not to mention tight spaces and slippery rocks. There are no guard-rails or steps. This is the real thing. Then the second cave had even more challenges, which were cool - just a bit more difficult than expected.

Also consider the time of year you go, as we were told that it could be very wet inside in the winter, and I'm pretty sure I would've found that less enjoyable.

Finally, the 8 degree temperature didn't feel too cold (especially since you're engaging in physical activity), but I'd still recommend work gloves, or buying the $6 ones offered in the gift shop. Also, wear your most "grippy" hiking boots or sneakers.

Again, we're definitely glad we did it and are recommending it to others. Just be forewarned that you may be a little challenged!
Written September 11, 2023
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