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“Exciting Spelunking Experience”

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
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$55.95*
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Multi Cave Adventure Tour
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Owner description: Check out the Vancouver Island Underworld! Open year round for exploration above and below ground. Tours range from easy family tours all the way to the "Underground Extreme" where explorers rappel down a seven-storey waterfall! Or try the "3 hr. "Wet & Wild" Spelunking Adventure. Next door to the Horne Lake Campground where visitors will find lakefront campsites, canoe & kayak rentals, free parking & picnic area, boat launch and even camping in a teepee!
Calgary, Canada
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140 reviews
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“Exciting Spelunking Experience”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

We went in January 2012, in the cold rainy season. The workmen were building the boardwalk, the only cave open was the main one. There was lots of cold water pouring out of the cave after we squeezed through the opening. Inside there was a gate, which was open. We swung onto the gate and onto higher rocks to avoid the torrent of water. Then we turned on our lamps and inched our way fairly far inside, reaching the back, and the entrance to a higher level. Lots of water was coming through it, so we decided to skip exploring that as we didn't want to drown in the waterfall. Then we inched our way back out. Wear a hard hat with lights! There was a stream of water on the bottom of the cave floor, about two feet deep or so. Leave the straws and any formations alone, and only walk where there will be nothing destroyed by your feet. Wonderful experience. The drive up to the caves: we stopped at the Ranger's house and let them know where we were going, just in case. Good idea because the roads were partly washed out, glad we had a truck with higher wheels and 4 x 4. This road should be fine in the summer. Bathrooms at the trail head by the rope bridge, but I think they were shut. Bring a change of clothes, a waterproof jacket, hard hat, gloves, and LED lights (much brighter than regular flash lights.)

Visited January 2012
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Richmond, Canada
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“Exploring the free caves at Horne Lake”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

Horne Lake Caves are easy to find (great directional signage), enjoyable for all ages from 5 to 70yrs., easy walking & caving for the 2 free caves, friendly attendants and or guides, big parking lot & outhouse style washrooms. You'll need to bring warm clothing, helmets & flashlights (or rent them at the souvenir shop). The guides at the souvenir shop will take teens and adults into the biggest cave (for a fee). My grandsons & us had a wonderful time exploring the 2 free caves, couple hours of exciting, safe adventure.

Visited July 2012
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Saskatoon, Canada
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“Unbelievable beauty”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Mu husband and I are in our mid-fifties and wanted to see something wild and do something a little challenging on this holiday. Horne Lake Caves did this for us. We opted for the 4 hour spelunking/ caving excursion, This is exactly what we received. The company told us when we booked what to wear so we came well-prepared for this excursion that included the challenge of climbing down rocks, crawling through small, short tunnels, some so small that you moved on by using your elbows and toes to go forward, rappelling down a cave wall and then further down in to the earth on a strong, but tiny ladder. Our guide Paul was unbelievable, he made sure everyone was doing okay all the time, and so encouraging.

The sites of calcium deposits, stalactites and stalagmites are so breath-taking it was well worth every step we took to do this. You will never see these sites until you actually go done and do it. I am very happy we took the time to get in reasonably good shape before we did this, and what a sense of accomplishment when you finish this. Great place to go and see, you won't be disappointed, it is worth it.

Visited August 2012
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Bend, Oregon
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“Many Options from Tame to Adventurous”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

My husband and I took the 4 hour adventure tour and it was great. Not for the claustrophobic or one who can't hike. It starts with a hike up the hills through some beautiful forested country to the cave entrance. The caving involves belly crawling, rapelling and a very narrow, twisting cable ladder, what fun! All of the cave is quite narrow and doesn't open up into any large rooms like some other caves we've done but the calcite formations are beautiful and they are doing a wonderful job in trying their best to preserve the integrity of the cave. The four story formation at the end is awesome! they also have self guided maps for the smaller easier caves which would be great for small children and shorter tours that are not as rigorous. The surrounding area is just gorgeous and worth the drive in itself.

Visited July 2012
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Victoria, Canada
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“free self guided caving!”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

If the 11 km gravel road is not to much for you this is a must do with kids. There are two caves (one 136m in length, the other 40m) you can discover on your own. This doesn't sound like much, but it took friends (couple and a 5 year old) 30 minutes for the smaller one and over one hour for the 136m one! The caves have no light, you need to bring two sources of light (headlamps are recommended as you will need your hands to climb and crawl). Be prepared to get dirty, not too bad but you will have a muddy pant and shirt after the excursion. Don't expect to see stunning stalactites or stalagmites in the self guided caves. It's all about the caving experience. And it is FREE! Bring a helmet for your kids or rent one at the entrance (8.50$ including a headlamp). It is a 10 minute walk over a suspension bridge and a trail uphill to the caves.

Visited August 2012
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