Ron and I had lunch at Realm.
Kate was in town on a media junket. They treated me to join them on her tour of Horne Lake Caves.
Though it’s #1 of 29 things to do in Qualicum Beach I hadn’t been there since my Dad brought the family on a camping holiday 50 years earlier. (Closed that day for renovations, he tells me.)
There are some short sections you can explore yourself for free. Or sign up for one of the award winning tours. (From $27 / person.) An expert guide like Myles Fullmer makes for a far richer experience. Myles is a passionate caver. Seven years guiding here. He met his wife at Horne Lake Caves.
Though I’d been to a few wheelchair accessible caverns over the years, I’d never caved for real before.
It’s adventurous. Physically challenging.
Myles showed us dozens of things we’d never have noticed on our own. Best was a stone Buddha formation protected by a perfectly clear reflecting pool.
Fantastic. I’d recommend this attraction for anyone physically mobile enough to scramble. I’m already planning to return for the 5 hour advanced version.
Surprisingly, Myles likes winter even better than summer as there is more water. The caves are open every day of the year aside from Christmas.
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details – Horne Lake Caves
By the way, Myles explained the difference between caving and spelunking. Caving means to explore, survey and document the caves, main purpose is the accumulation of knowledge. Spelunking is the visit of caves without any kind of justification, the touristic visit of caves.