What To Do at Horne Lake Cave Park

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1hr. Main Cave Experience – $27

(Available All Year)

On this tour, rediscover Main Cave as a new subterranean playground with conservation ramps, ladders and Canada’s only cave slide! Enjoy a short forest walk, climb around an underground waterfall and share a fun 60 minute caving experience.

More Info
  • ages 5+ only
  • Children ages 5-7 must have 1 responsible adult per child
  • 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
  • each tour begins 15 min. early to gear-up and sign Liability Waivers
  • explorers must navigate in the cave over loose and slippery rocks up to 1 metre high
  • 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

2hr. Riverbend Explorer – $42

 (May 1  – October 1)

Our easiest and most popular tour leads you into Riverbend Cave without having to crawl or do any vertical climbing. See amazing crystal formations and ancient fossils while learning about the history and geology of the cave.

More Info
  • 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
  • each tour begins 15 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

3hr. Wet & Wild Cave Adventure – $69

(Oct 2 – April 30)

This thrilling winter trip highlights the powerful natural forces that carve these underground tunnels and crystal-filled caverns. Follow underground rivers, slide down the ramps and ladders and climb an underground waterfall on this fabulous adventure – a small taste of “wild” caving!

More Info
  • ages 8+ only
  • 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
  • each tour begins 15 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
  • Lower Cave has a small creek flowing out the entrance and an option for navigating a short crawlway
  • tours usually include a short “lights-out” session

Although not required, you’ll be more comfortable when the water levels are moderate 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. NO JEANS or other cotton clothes
  5. complete change of clothes for afterward
  6. a fun attitude

3hr. Multi-Cave Spelunking Adventure – $69

(May 1 – October 1)

(Summer / Fall) – This thrilling tour picks up where the Riverbend Explorer Tour leaves off, adding some extra caves to explore, more rock scrambling and Canada’s only underground slide! Climb an underground waterfall and navigate the ramps and ladders on this fabulous adventure – a small taste of “wild” caving!

More Info
  • ages 8+ 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
  • each tour begins 15 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 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
  • Lower Cave has an option for navigating a short crawlway
  • tours usually include a short “lights-out” session

4hr. Vertical Cave Challenge – $129

(End of May – End of September)

This tour is a wild and challenging expedition that provides instruction and experience in basic underground rock climbing while navigating through one of Canada’s most beautiful caves. No previous climbing experience is necessary.

More Info
  • age 13+ only
  • Tour Needs at least 3 Participants to Run (max of 7)
  • 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
  • nice to have kneepads, gardening gloves and a warm hat or toque in case you get cold
  • no backpacks allowed in cave
  • bring an energy bar or easy to eat snack that fits in your pocket
  • session begins 15 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
  • 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 enter the second half of Riverbend Cave
  • also requires climbing up and down a 5m. (15 ft.) high vertical rock wall with large, easy holds and a 5m. (15 ft.) cable ladder, on rope
  • 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)

5hr. Extreme Cave Rappel – $169

(End of May – End of Sept)

The only tour that gets you to the very end of Riverbend Cave, aptly named the “jewel of the park”. Crawl through The Siphon and beyond to a series of rock climbs, ladders and rappels. Descend the 7 story “Rainbarrel” waterfall on rope and marvel at the incredible “China Shop” room, completely surrounded by beautiful crystal formations.

More Info
  • age 15+ only
  • Tour Must Have At Least 3 Participants to Run (Max of 5)
  • requires recent rappel experience for your own comfort and safety.
  • a 2 hr. Outdoor Rappel clinic is usually available every morning
  • 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
  • nice to have kneepads, gardening gloves and a warm hat or toque in case you get cold
  • no backpacks allowed in cave
  • bring an energy bar or easy to eat snack that fits in your pocket
  • session begins 15 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
  • 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)

2hr. Outdoor Rock Rappel Clinic – $42

(May 1 – October 1)

This clinic is great for beginners and adventurous families looking to learn basic skills in vertical rappelling. Progress from easy descents to a challenging overhanging wall. Excellent pre-trip training for the 5hr. Extreme Cave Rappel

More Info
  • age 7+ only
  • includes all equipment and rock instructor
  • requires good solid footwear like running shoes or boots. No flip-flops or crocs
  • session begins 15 min. early to gear-up and sign Liability Waivers
  • 1km. walk or drive to trailhead from Cave Park Visitor Centre
  • steep trail (5 mins.) leads to top and bottom of 9 metre rock wall
  • recommended to take water and sunscreen in sunny hot weather
  • max. harness size: WAIST =114 cms. (45 inches). THIGH = 69 cms. (27 inches)

Gift Certificates

Looking for a cool and unique gift? Horne Lake Caves has the perfect way to give the gift of ADVENTURE!

Gift Certificates emailed directly to you as a PDF so you can FWD or print for immediate giving! And they NEVER expire!

Gift certificates are available for any tour you choose and can be used year round – so your loved ones can redeem at any time.

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