Cody Caves
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Very good

Western Canada20 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Friends
Did the Cody Caves Explorer tour. This one goes about a km back into the cave complex, and only excludes the last few hundred metres, which are on the adventurer tour.

Amazing experience. We’re a mid-50s group ok with moderate intensity hikes but with the usual variety of hip, knee, back and shoulder pains. We were all capable of the tour and the excellent guide was there to assist when an extra hand was needed.

First, the guide. We were with Orion who has guided for a decade or more and is a caver. He provided much background and context and education in the cave, along with many accounts of his experiences caving. Easily one of the best guides I’ve encountered ever. Exceptionally knowledgeable about the cave and caving. He provided excellent instruction when navigating difficult obstacles…in precise detail like, left foot here, right foot here, turn partially and slide sideways. Reassuring and encouraging throughout. He also took talking breaks after each obstacle to teach and allow is to catch our breath. He also instructed on safety equipment and briefed us fully as well as pointing out alternate emergency equipment.

The cave. We’ve done other cave tours before, the concrete/metal walkway in a large group type of tour. This is not that type of cave excursion. In the photos we are in coveralls with knee pads and we were all dusty, muddy and wet by the end of the four hours we were inside. Most of the cave is walkable either on gravel or in the creek. At certain parts you need to traverse obstacles. A ladder and narrow passage, and a large boulder fall. When there were path options these were outlined clearly.

I’m mildly claustrophobic and not always happy in tight spaces. The few tight squeezes were tolerable and easily passable for the more stout members of our party. I found that as soon as I started getting concerned about a tight space I’d be through the worst and could see the passage open up again. That said, in our group of five some of the caverns were tight quarters. Upper body strength to lift my weight helped me at one point but isn’t really critical. Listen carefully to the guide and it will not be an issue.

The 11 km road up is rough, a typical forest service road. Some water cuts on the road were deep. Other tour groups were in SUVs without trouble. Be aware in a 2WD with low ground clearance you’ll need to drive slowly and watch the road closely. A compact car could do it with caution. We came from the east shore and if you coordinate in advance you can make the 0710 ferry work. As it worked out we were at the meet point by 5 to 8 (Ainsworth Hotsprings for the explorer and adventurer tours)

The family tour could be done in runners. Any of the other tours require substantial hiking shoes/boots. Dress warmly, but in layers as the hike up the hill outside can be warm. The instructions on the website are accurate and should be followed. We were pooped afterwards so not an outing to plan something else big afterwards. You will get wet and muddy during the tour.

This was an excellent experience all around and I would encourage you give it a try. It is one of those challenges that leaves you feeling really good after you’ve achieved it. As Orion noted, the cave isn’t a physical challenge as much as a mental one, and we found this to be true. Thanks Orion and the tour team!
Written August 28, 2022
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Alex B
Vancouver, Canada27 contributions
Jul. 2022
100% WORTH your time and money! Get ready to get dirty!
A guide with passion to his job. Just do it!
Written July 24, 2022
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4 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
This was really great. We did the Explorer Tour as a couple and had a fantastic time. It was definitely physically demanding but anyone reasonably fit could do it. If you like to do short hikes or any light outdoorsy exercise, you'll manage. Our guide was great - very knowledgeable, encouraging, and engaging. You could tell he really loves what he does.

What are you waiting for? Book this tour!
Written June 26, 2022
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Vernon, Canada19 contributions
May 2022
This tour was worth every penny! We did the adventure tour. Our guide Orion was amazing! The caves were insane, absolutely gorgeous. My hubby did go through with the repelling part of the tour but I chickened out! LOL! We would love to do this tour again but closer to August or September. Please do not do what we did and hike 2.5 hours in the snow to get there (all uphill) and 2 hours to get back to our vehicle, with all of our gear. We were told ahead of time that we would need to hike but it was much more rugged than we had anticipated. Because of the labor of the hiking and the spring run off, we didn't get to enjoy they cave as long as we would have liked.
Written May 22, 2022
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April Fairgray
3 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Truly amazing!

I'm a larger woman(about 260lb) and I was able to go for the Explorer Tour! It was so amazing!

I am claustrophobic and our Guide Scott, really helped me through! I had no issues "fitting" through anything on that part, and the tour goes through the family and Explorer levels of the caves!

Scott was an amazing guide! He stuck with the group, was very knowledgeable, and super entertaining! Really a stand up guy! Loves what he does! And you can tell! :)

I went with my Wife and 2 other women, we are a handful sometimes as a group, but Scott was a truly awesome guide! Can't stress that enough! As I was terrified going in! And he help each and everyone of up through safely!

As for the road up to the caves!it's beautiful and a fun drive up! It's a forestry road. For some people who don't know what that It means NOT PAVED! beautiful drive up! I had no issues at all in my 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan up or down. So maybe, try not criticizing Cody Caves for it... As it IS. A LOGGING ROAD! call them and complain if you must hahahaha 🤣🤣🤣

I plan on cutting down on some things and going back for the Adventure tour! Would 100% go again! And if it's something you want to try, I believe this is the perfect spot! They really are truly amazing people! And Awesome Caves!

Thank you so much for being the highlight of our trip!
Written September 22, 2021
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7 contributions
Aug. 2021
Loved every second of the 6-hour adventure tour we had with Scott. He is very knowledgeable and tentative. We all had so much fun! It's the highlight of our trip. We kept telling friends about it.

If you are considering the adventure tour, you need to be fit and like adventures, such as repelling down a waterfall and craw through very narrow passages. They provided durable overalls, gloves, headlamps, etc. Clear instructions on what to wear, what to bring, and what to expect.

If you are scare of water in a cave and being in dark, or claustrophobic, you shouldn't go for the tour. Or take the short and easy family tour.
Written September 17, 2021
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Captain Adventure
Calgary, Canada5 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Couples
My wife and I did the Explorer Tour which was about 5 hours in total. Our guide, Scott, was friendly, knowledgeable and looked out for our safety. He made sure we were comfortable and had a great time. We learned a lot and would recommend this experience to anyone looking to do something fun and invigorating.
Written September 5, 2021
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Angela F
3 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Family
Be honest about the difficulty level, be honest that the guides don’t care at all about the customers, he left the group, someone fell they didn’t even know. Worst experience ever and absolutely disgusted with lee the owner. All he wants is the money. They lied and we were very clear about the physical fitness of all of us. They say oh don’t worry if you book with us we will make sure to help and take time we need. That did not happen. They are very dishonest. It is not easy by no means, nor a family trail at all. Very unhappy very unhappy
Written July 7, 2021
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Congratulations on being the first known group to have the RCMP called to address your appalling behavior. For reference your group arrived 20 mins late. In complete disrespect to our guide (who was not Scott) and other tour participants, your group exited your vehicle, lit cigarettes, chuffed away, before tossing them into the bush in fire season. Then puffed and panted a short distance up the trail before turning around. You called our office, then (Dan) called back with expletives demanding a refund or he would F@#king trash our guides vehicles and come back to break into the cave when we where not around. Totally disgusted. This is a place of natural beauty that descent people really appreciate. You are not welcome here.
Written May 21, 2022
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4 contributions
Jun. 2021 • Couples
What an amazing experience! This morning my boyfriend and I went on the Adventure Tour with Orion and I have to say, it was incredible.
I don't review many places after leaving - but I am currently sitting on the ferry a few hours after our tour, headed back to our campsite near Kootenay Bay, and all I can think about is how awe-struck I am feeling following our cave tour at Cody Caves.

Orion was friendly, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and SAFE. It was amazing to listen to him talk about the cave, you can really tell that he is passionate about them. This made for an incredibly immersive experience.

This was the first time we have ever done anything like this, and I can't wait until the next. I look forward to trying the Explorer tour, and maybe even a winter tour one day.

We learned SO MUCH!! It was just awesome.

The tour was relatively strenuous, so I would recommend being quite fit to go. If you bike, hike, or do intermediate workouts etc on a semi regular basis you should be absolutely fine. Orion did mention the mental aspect of getting through the tighter spaces was the most difficult part, which I can absolutely see that being the case. After he explained how important breathing through whatever bought of anxiety or nerves may pass through your mind, any and all fear went out the window (or cave opening I guess)

Orion is a volunteer firefighter/search and rescue in Kaslo, BC. This made me feel so incredibly safe. The safety measures taken throughout the tour were fantastic, absolutely commendable.

I would highly recommend wearing rubber boots, my boyfriend had water resistant hiking boots on, and although his feet didn't get THAT wet, I thought it was much more fun to be able to muck about wherever I wanted without having to worry about my feet getting wet.

Also glad we had an SUV as the logging road is quite steep and rocky (obviously). No problems in our Honda C-RV, but as we drove up we were definitely happy to not be in my Mazda 3.

Orion made a good point about halfway through the trip... Drinking coffee is NOT a good idea since once you're in the cave, peeing proves to be quite difficult. We were totally fine through the trip, but I can see how that could make life uncomfortable.

And finally, you're hiking through a forrest for a while... so give yourself a good soak with bug spray before you get up. The mosquitos right outside the cave are very excited to smell people! XD

Overall amazing experience that I would highly recommend. Cannot wait to come back to show my best friend!!!
Written June 8, 2021
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Julie D
Port Coquitlam, Canada2 contributions
Aug. 2020 • Couples
It was an amazing experience. We did the explorer 6 hour tour with Steve and it was great. I was initially concerned with my fitness level, size and confidence (I'm on the chubby side but can do 5-10km hikes). But our guide was fantastic - he took it easy, explained everything thoroughly, and was there for every step. It's an adventure that will give a little adrenaline and pride in overcoming fear... With a little help from a professional.
Written October 4, 2020
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