Always wanted to try spelunking? This summer, you can journey beneath Vancouver Island at one of the most remarkable cave systems in the country, AKA Horne Lake Caves.

The provincial park is home to ancient limestone caves with pockets of unique lakes, crystal formations, disappearing streams, and fossils to explore – all of which are accessible via guided caving tours. However, there are a handful of smaller caves that you can visit on your own!

Visitors can cross a scenic suspension bridge above the rushing Qualicum River uphill to the cave systems, where they’ll find a range of caving opportunities for all ages.

While there is no camping offered at the provincial park, the adjacent Horne Lakes Regional Park does, in addition to swimming, fishing, and picnicking opportunities at the day-use area, according to BC Parks. 

The caves’ origin is noted in interpretive signage along the Phil Whitfield Interpretive Trail, which guides park visitors through lush forest past limestone karst and cave geological features.

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Those who prefer an above-ground adventure can check out Canada’s only Cave Theatre, the Cave and Karst Education Centre, where you can learn more about the area’s unique ecosystems and geology.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, you’ll definitely want to take a look at their tour offerings before spots fill up.

Happy spelunking, BC!

Horne Lake Caves 

Where: 3905 Horne Lake Caves Road, Qualicum Beach