Upana Caves

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Location: Gold River, Vancouver Island. From Nanaimo, head north on the Inland Island Highway to when it connects with Island Highway at Mud Bay. Continue north to Campbell River and Highway 28 (The Golden River Highway). Gold River is about 90 minutes drive west. Once in Gold River, follow the signs.
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Dimension: L=450 m.
Guided tours: Self guided. D=60 min., L=450 m. Maps for self guided cave tours are available at Gold River. Helmet and light required.
Address: Village of Gold River, Tel: +1-250-283-7334.
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Pathways and steps allow the tourist to visit the fifteen known semi-developed wild caves, including Corner Cave, Insect Cave, Main Cave, Resurgence Cave, Slither Cave and Tunnel Cave all linked by an advertised hiking trail in Kyuquot Provincial Forest. The caves are described as „wild” and „undeveloped” and at one point you will come across an underground river. The underground sequences of „Huckleberry Finn and His Friends” were filmed in Upana Caves.

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