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“Cave Tour for Family”

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
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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!
Reviewed August 20, 2013

We drove 40 minutes out of Parksville to visit Horne Lake Caves with our 8 year old son. We chose to do the family tour, which involves a 25 minute guided hike uphill to to the cave entrance. Wear sensible footwear and dress in layers, as the hike may warm you up, but the cave interior is a bit chilly.
The cave entrance is natural except for a steel ladder going down into the entrance. We had a very large group, so it was hard to see everything the guide was pointing out and we didn't go very far into the cave. I would have liked to do the longer tour, but there is an age restriction (15 years I think). It was fun!

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

I've been through ten caves in various places. This one is different. Usually you are guided into a well-lit cave with a nice smooth sidewalk and a guide who tells stories about the history of the cave. Here, you have two choices. You can go on your own into three caves with almost no man-made construction, including no lights, no handrails, no pavement, no nothing, or you can take a guided tour into deeper caves, also with none of the above.

Advice. If you are going to do it on your own, rent a helmet with a light. You can't clamber through the caves and hold a flashlight. Trust me. Whether on your own or with a tour, bring warm, waterproof clothing, but in summer at least, don't put it on until you get to the caves. It's quite a hike from the centre to the caves. Wear good hiking boots or good sturdy runners. The cave floors are rough, slippery, and steep. I wouldn't recommend guided tours for kids under the age of 8, and if you have any problems climbing, forget it. By the way, it has a fanciest pit toilets I've ever seen.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We did the 90minute family tour. This included a 30minute hike/walk up to the cave. Our guide stopped multiple times up to the cave for visitors to catch their breath and all stay caught up.

We spent 45min in the cave and got to see some of the beautiful cal trite and crawled a bit through the cave. I would recommend doing a 3-4hr tour next time as these go further into the cave.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Once far enough into the cave we all turned our lights off and experienced complete silence and darkness. Incredible! Wasn't too strenuous except for the short walk up to the cave.

Wear long pants (it's about 8degrees in the cave) and close-toed shoes.

Great family outing!

1  Thank aj2bruba
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

by far one the best experiences ever!! However, if you are the least bit clausterphobic this isn't the atraction for you. but, i took the grandsons and it was the best time ever everyone should do it at least once

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great plack to camp on thje lake or just go there for the day on a picnic. You can go on a tour of the caves, which is very interesting. Beauty surrounds you. I have been there in the Spring, summer and fall for a day trip. You can go hiking in the area. Highly recommend to see.

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