Posted by: cherylyoung | January 28, 2012

Caving on Vancouver Island will thrill you to the core!

Caving on Vancouver Island will thrill

you to the core!

Vancouver Island contains over one thousand mysterious  subterranean

caves and tunnels, offering spelunkers a challenging  underground

 maze of cathedrals and corridors,  bones and skulls,  mineral

 formations and ancient native pictographs 

 
 
 
If donning a headlamp and willingly descending into the murky, unmapped
bowels of the earth is your thing, then spelunking on Vancouver Island
will thrill you to the core!
 
 
Upana Caves, all 100 or so of them, are located about 17 km west of Gold River,
 on Head Bay Forest Rd.

 

They provide an awe-inspiring adventure for those who like to explore

the interior of the earth.

There are fifteen known entrances within the system.

The combined length of cave passages is approximately 450 meters

 (1 475 feet).

 

 The individual caves vary in size from single rooms to branching

 passages of considerable length.

 

The overall passage and room dimensions are comparable with

 those of other Vancouver Island caves.

 

Dress warmly, as these caves, the deepest north of Mexico,

 extendmore than  2,000 feet (610 m) into the honeycombed

 limestone rock.

 You can take a self-guided tour through a network of caves or

 join a guided tour.

 

For an even deeper adventure, join a guided tour of the

“White Ridge” caverns.

 

Cavers named the system for the river that flows through one

of the caves.

 

 The underground sequences of the television series, Huckleberry Finn 

 and  His Friends, were filmed at the cave – Gold River is home to the

B.C. Speleological Association.

 

There are about 1 050 known caves on Vancouver Island.

Most of these caves are found in the Quatsino Formation limestone  

deposits of Northern Vancouver Island..

 

Little Huson Cave Park, nestled in the Nimpkish Valley  near Port McNeill 

offers visitors a chance to view the fascinating Quatsino System 

a network of caves that honeycomb Vancouver Island between here

 and the Strathcona Provincial Park/Gold River region.

 

If you’ve never experienced the sensation of spending time underground, 

 it’s like mountaineering in the dark with the  sight of a smooth, white

 world revealed in the beam of your headlamp.

  

Cave climates are damp and clammy, so dress accordingly.

Little Huson’s caves are a good place to begin caving or even  to begin 

 considering the possibility.

 

A short trail leads from the parking lot to a view of several caves

 through which the Atluck River bores.

Horne Lake Caves, is located north of Qualicum Beach – a gravel

roadleads  to the parking area and trailhead at the far end of Horne

 Lake,about  14 km west of Hwy 19A.

You can take a self-guided tour of Main Cave and Lower Main  Caves

throughout the year.

 
Although the distance covered isn’t great, you’ll have to bend, duck,
and squeeze your way through a series of narrow passages.
 
 
A footbridge spans the Qualicum River, from where a rough limestone
 trail leads to the Main Cave.
 

If you’re here in summer, plan on joining the challenging  Karst

Trail and Riverbend Trail tours, which last about two hours.

 

Tours leave the trailhead on the hour between 10am and 4pm.

 

No matter when you arrive, prepare yourself for a tour by  dressing

 warmly, wearing sturdy boots, and carrying a bright flashlight. 

 

(Helmets and lights are provided on guided tours).

For those with a lust to squeeze deeper into the cave system, the

 three-to-four-hour Riverbed Bottoming trip leads down through  a

series of vertical pits, the deepest of which is  nearly 19 m.

 
 
There are several hundred significant caves to explore on the island,
including Karst Creek Trail in Strathcona Provincial Park.
 
 
 
 A fascinating look at weathering appears along this trail, which begins
beside the picnic area on the east side of Buttle Lake.

 

 New caves and unusual land formations are being discovered all the

time, especially in the North Islands region where amazing natural

oddities  such as the Artlish River Caves, the Quatsino Limestone Formation,

 

Devil’s Bath, Eternal Fountain, and Disappearing River are located.

 

 The longest cave on Vancouver Island is Thanksgiving cave with a

 mapped length of 7.6 km (4.7 miles).

 

Several other island caves exceed 2 km (1.2 miles) in length Keen
to spelunk further?
 
 
For the more ambitious and adventurous souls,  wild cave tours  can
 be arranged to larger and more dramatic North Vancouver
 
Island cave systems, with unique surface and  subsurface features.
 

Local Info Centres provide details and maps and make suggestions

regarding tours.

Click for Companies that offer Caving Canada

 

 

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