Riverbend Cave

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Location: Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, Vancouver Island. North of Nanaimo, Highway 19, turn left at exit No. 75 at Qualicum Bay, 18 km winding gravel-road along the lake. Follow signs Horne Lake.
Open: 24-JUN to 05-SEP daily 10-17.
Family tour: hourly on the hour.
Fee: Family tour: Adults CAD 17, Children CAD 15.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave Carboniferous marbles
Light: headlamps provided
Dimension: T=5 °C
Guided tours: Family tour: D=90 min.
Address: Riverbend Cave. E-mail: contact
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These are the most accessible of the Vancouver Island Caves. Horne Lake has three caves open for exploration and attracts 50,000 visitors annually. For the truly adventurous, there are five hour of caving instruction using ropes and harness in the second section of Riverbend Cave. If you have ever wanted to rappel down seven storeys, then these are the caves to visit. You must be 19 or older to participate in the caving instruction.

Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.