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
About
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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  • 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2023
  • Linda C
    7 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
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Peanut-Chopper
Vancouver, BC, Canada54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I'm not an "athletic" person but I can walk forever. I don't like strenuous hikes but the 45 uphill hike to the first cave was fine because we took about 5 educational breaks. We did the "Multi-Cave Explorer" which consists of 2 caves. Total trip was 3 hours. We really enjoyed it. Our 11 year old came and loved it! Smaller people will be more comfortable because there are some tight spots. You can't be claustrophobic and you can't be afraid of darkness. They supply with headlamps. Because of COVID-19, you must wear a face mask. Wear a comfortable one because you will have it on the entire time. You may be going with another group. They try to keep the groups separated. I felt like it was a real adventure and had a lot of fun. The caves are very interesting. It is moist and wet at some spots like in the last cave there is a small flowing water fall. I climbed up it. A little bit of rock climbing but if you can climb a tree, you can do it. They have a quicker tour that is less strenuous called the Riverbend Cave Explorer (which is the 2nd cave in the Mulit-Cave Explorer). It's much closer to where you start so very little walking/hiking involved before you get to see a cave. I highly recommend this activity. We had so much fun.
Written August 14, 2020
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Grady F
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Me and my partner did the Achilles Heel tour which is not on the trip advisor website but can be found on the Horne Lake Cave Tour website.
I would highly recommend for anyone who wants a little adventure and is interested in doing some climbing and crawling. The tour was 3 hrs long and featured a swinging rope, a cable ladder, a 17ft climb, and a few stomach crawls. Each of these fun challenges made us feel like true adventures and definitely added to the experience of caving. The Achilles Heel also features some of the most beautiful open chambers you can find west of the Rockies. With soda straws and calcite forming into some stunning shapes you never get tired of discovering new rock formations, fossils, and more! If you like nature and adventure, this is definitely something I would add to the list!
We had the pleasure of having Curtis as our tour guide and he was wonderful. His vast array of knowledge about the caves, caving, the surrounded land, and geology more than answered our many questions and inquiries. Curtis instantly made us feel welcome and his positive energy made for a great few hours of laughter and exploration. On top of that, Curtis was very direct and firm about our safety and the preservation of the caves. We never once felt that we were at risk of danger or that we would do something to damage the natural wonder of the caves. Thank you for an amazing afternoon Curtis, you went above and beyond our expectations!
Written August 23, 2022
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stephp
Kelowna, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
We did the “Max Depth” experience and it was incredible. Our guide Zac was so knowledgeable; you knew how special the caves were to him and how important safety was to him. The max depth adventure takes you to the very end of the cave and back. I crawled through crevices I didn’t know a human body would fit and rappelled & climbed with confidence - without being experienced. Definitely rent the rubber boots, use the provided knee pads & gloves and ensure you have durable clothing on your forearms. Don’t bother brining water or a fanny pack, you don’t need it. Protect your phone/camera by placing in a chest pocket - not a pants pocket as one of our tourmates found out can break your screen. The photos we stopped to take are breathtaking and I have left this experience telling everyone I know THEY’VE GOT TO GO HERE!
Written August 28, 2022
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tera w
Duncan, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Our family of four had a great time exploring the Riverbend Cave and the Play Cave with Meghan. Our guide was informative, casual, and lots of fun. She challenged us to fit through some tight spaces! I thought I would be nervous being in confined spaces, but I wasn’t at all. I really appreciated that Meghan went at a pace that all members of the group could manage. We admired the calcite formations, climbed a cave waterfall, and had a silent moment in total darkness!
Written September 2, 2020
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Walter D
Abbotsford, Canada40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Went to the caves for a tour. The safety briefing was clear and covered the important points including the wearing of masks due to Covid. The total time for the tour was over 2 1/2 hrs and were slowed down by some inexperienced climbers who struggled going up and over rocks and tight spaces. That aside, the experience inside the caves was amazing. The sights and the total black out moment was truly amazing. Would highly recommend the tour to anyone who would be going near the area.
Written September 16, 2020
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Alex-St-Swiss
Zurich, Switzerland13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
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.
Written July 26, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brittney A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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 🙏
Written August 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Guide32419499161
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
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.
Written May 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

NeilMcCubbin
Lac Brome, qc6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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
Written August 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Inna S
Vancouver, Canada33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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.
Written August 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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