COVID – 19 UPDATE:  September 10 / 2021

We are operating with smaller tour sizes and less tour departures so reserving in advance is highly recommended.  Choose from individual bookings or Exclusive Private Tours.

BC Parks has advised us that there is no requirement to show “Proof of Vaccination” at this time, but this might be subject to change, so stay tuned.

UNFORTUNATELY NO SELF-GUIDING ALLOWED AT THIS TIME

To access caves:

  • participants must be led by a Park Cave Guide
  • masks required at all times when inside caves and Visitor Centre

If you are planning a visit to the park, check out the Cave Park Health & Safety Protocols.

 

What To Do at Horne Lake Cave Park

“Unforgettable Amazing Experience – worth the trip / drive / time. . . . I highly recommend this place and if I could give it more than 5 stars I would!” – Aug. 2021

“Perfect Activity to try something new and different!”    July, 2021

★★★★★ Reviews from tripadvisor.com

Multi-Cave Experience
$79/person +gst

Each cave on this spectacular tour offers up a fun and unique challenge. Try out your “caving moves” on a waterfall climb, a vertical squeeze and a cave slide while you enjoy a fun caving adventure!

All participants must sign a

  Legal Waiver and Release of Liability

Max. 8 people

Ages 8+ (except Private Tour)

Duration : 2.5 hrs. total

(Cave Time 1 hr. 45 min. / Trail Time (there and back ) ≈  45 min.)

OR 

consider treating yourselves to an Exclusive Private Tour!

  • Save up to $79! (pay for 7, take 8 on the tour)
  • Get the caves all to yourselves!
  • Ages 5-7 can now participate as well!
  • Freedom to customize the tour to your needs
More Info
  • must wear mask or face-covering while in caves
  • solid footwear and long clothing recommended
  • cave temperature is 8 degrees Celsius (46 deg. F)
  • participants will likely get wet on days with moderate water flow
  • no backpacks allowed in cave
  • please arrive 30 min. early to gear-up and sign Liability Waivers
  • includes a moderately strenuous UPHILL trail for 1km. (25 mins.), broken up by 5 informative stops
  • steep metal stairs at the entrance to Riverbend Cave
  • Participants will negotiate some tight passages, downhill slides and ladders, short climbs (up to 2 metres high), lots of cave scrambling and travel over WET, loose rocks and slippery walls
  • a steep downhill trail leads to additional caves
  • Main Cave has a narrow, vertical entrance squeeze
  • option to climb three short waterfalls (each approx. 2m. high)
  • to descend from top of waterfalls, participants must negotiate a ramp, a cave-slide and 2 ladders
  • tours usually include a short “lights-out” session

Although not required, you’ll be more comfortable in Winter / Spring when the water levels are higher if you bring:

  1. waterproof or rubber boots with warm socks
  2. rain gear or nylon outer shell
  3. thin hat under helmet and gloves (available for purchase at the Visitor Centre)
  4. AVOID JEANS or other cotton clothes
  5. complete change of clothes for afterward
  6. a fun attitude

“Absolutely an unreal experience the guide was awesome was super informative and helpful and the caves were beautiful highly highly recommend the Horne lake caves tours (we went during covid 19 and they were very good at following safety procedures they had masks and gloves available to purchase and sanitizing areas along the trails they were better than most stores for safety precautions) thank you again for the awesome tour”                 ★★★★★ Recent on Google Reviews

 

If you’re thinking about doing this… DO IT!

This tour was awesome. We have never done any sort of caving before so we were a little apprehensive about tight dark spaces.  But nothing ever felt uncomfortably tight and with everyone’s headlamps on it never felt dark (aside from our intentional “light out” session.  The guide made us feel safe and was super knowledgeable.  Plus you could tell he really loved his job.  I would 110% recommend this to anyone looking for something just a bit different to make a good memory” 

July 2021  ★★★★★ tripadvisor.com

Riverbend Cave Explorer – $54/person+gst

Our easiest and most popular tour leads you through Riverbend Cave’s rocky and wild terrain without having to crawl or do any vertical climbing. See amazing crystal formations and ancient fossils while learning about the history of the cave’s geology. Click “More Info” for more details about this authentic caving experience.

All participants must sign a

  Legal Waiver and Release of Liability

Maximum 10 people

Ages 5+ only

Duration : 1 hour 45 minutes.

(Cave Time 1 hr. / Trail Time (there and back) ≈  45 min.)

OR

consider booking this as an Exclusive Private Tour!

  • Save up to $54! Groups of 8-10 participants receive 1 free caver
  • Get the cave all to yourselves!
  • Freedom to customize the tour to your needs
More Info
  • must wear a mask or face-covering inside the caves
  • ages 5+ only
  • good footwear and long clothing recommended – No flip-flops or crocs
  • cave temperature is 8 degrees Celsius (46 deg. F)
  • no backpacks allowed in cave
  • please arrive 30 min. early to gear-up and sign Liability Waivers
    • includes a moderately strenuous UPHILL trail for 1km. (25 mins.), broken up by 5 informative stops
    • steep metal stairs at the entrance to Riverbend Cave
    • explorers must navigate in the cave over loose and slippery rocks up to 1 metre high
    • tours usually include a short “lights-out” session
    • return to Visitor Centre via a steep downhill trail

“An Unforgettable Experience!”

“One of the top things to see and do on Vancouver Island!”

“Amazing time, highly recommend!”

★★★★★ Reviews from tripadvisor.com

Vertical Cave Adventure – $199

ages 13+ 

Cave Time ≈ 4hrs15min

Trail Time ≈45min

Tour Maximum: 6 people

 We will resume this spectacular tour again in June 2022.

The ultimate journey through Riverbend Cave’s most beautiful chambers and passageways! Marvel at grand and wondrous calcite crystal formations. Discover a variety of fossils from an ancient sea and unravel the mystery of the Cave’s geological history. Navigate the Park’s most rewarding challenges: 3 crawls, 2 rappels (5.5m & 21m), 3 ladders and 2 underground rock climbs. 

You Can Do It!  A professional Cave Rope Access Technician is there to guide you, show you the skills and boost your confidence!  

All participants must sign a  Legal Waiver and Release of Liability

More Info
  • Minimum age 13 yrs.
  • Tour Must Have At Least 2 Participants to Run (Max of 6)
  • please arrive 30 min. early to gear-up and sign Liability Waivers
  • requires recent rappel experience for your own comfort and safety.
  • an Outdoor Rappel clinic is offered and is included in price
  • cave temperature is 8 degrees Celsius (46 deg. F)
  • warm clothing required (2 layers min.). Avoid cotton jeans or shirts. Recommend nylon or poly-pro pants, shirt, sweater / jacket
  • good solid footwear  like running shoes or boots is MANDATORY. No flip-flops or crocs
  • You’ll be happy to have kneepads, gardening gloves and a warm hat for comfort.  All are available for purchase or rent at the park
  • no backpacks allowed in cave
  • bring an energy bar or easy to eat snack that fits in your pocket
  • includes a moderately strenuous UPHILL trail for 1km. (25 mins.), broken up by 5 informative stops
  • explorers must navigate in  the cave over loose and slippery rocks
  • steep metal stairs at the entrance to Riverbend Cave
  • explorers must pass through 3 crawl passages, about the same size as crawling under a picnic table
  • the guide will drain a submerged section of the cave (a crawl known as “the siphon”) in order for explorers to crawl into the second half of Riverbend Cave
  • this trip requires negotiating 5 different rope stations starting with a rappel of 5 metres, (15 ft.), climbing down a 5m. (15 ft.) cable ladder followed by a 8 metre (25 ft.) traverse line then a 20 metre (65 ft.) rappel, always secured by rope.
  • Returning to the surface requires re-tracing your steps back up all the vertical drops, back through “the siphon” and the crawlways
  • tours usually include a  short “lights-out” session
  • return to Visitor Centre via a steep downhill trail
  • max. harness size: WAIST =114 cms. (45 inches). THIGH = 69 cms. (27 inches)

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