Underground! Horne Lake Caves

Malaspina Naturalists at Horne Lake Caves, 2015 - T. Koleszar

Underground! Horne Lake Caves
by Tom Koleszar, 30 May 2015. 

Sixteen  Naturalists traveled to Vancouver Island to visit the Horne Lake Caves.

Lead by our guide, Sarah, we had a 1/2 hour walk (uphill!), complete with interpretive stops, to the entrance of the Riverbend Cave. From there, with helmets and lights on, all 16 of us descended (steeply!) into the cave.

With our guides Sarah in the lead and Jesse bringing up the tail, we moved about 100m into the cave, all the way to the smiling buddha room where we all had a chance to step up and view the buddha beside his reflecting pool! We had many opportunities to see the fascinating rock formations in the cave, and also had our minute of TOTAL darkness with all our lights out. I think we all had an interesting day learning about Vancouver Island caves and Horne Lake in particular.  You can learn more about Horne Lake caves here.

Following the cave tour we returned to Courntey to visit the Courtenay Museum & Palaeontology Centre  to see more of the geological and cultural history of Vancouver Island. A very worthwhile stop!

And lastly – the Griffin Pub to take our ease over dinner and a beverage before heading back to the ferry.

Special thanks to Barbara Sherriff for organising this trip and persevering through all the necessary arrangements!