Horne Lake Caves Will Be Canada’s First Wheelchair Accessible Underground Site

In eighth grade I visited Horne Lake Caves with my Outdoor Education class. We donned helmets, grabbed flashlights and made our way into the myriad of underground abysses. While it was easy for our adolescent bodies to make our way into the caves, spelunking may not be so simple for everyone.

Caving at Horne Lake

Photo: John Biehler on Flickr

With a brand new interpretive centre coming to its mid-Island site, Horne Lake Caves is proud to feature Canada’s first entirely accessible underground experience. Of the approximately 30,000 visitors to the caves each year, only 1/3 of them ever get to enjoy the underground experience.

Caving at Horne Lake
Photo: John Biehler on Flickr

“This will be Canada’s first fully wheelchair accessible cave theatre,” shares Richard Varela, Director of Island Pacific Adventures, the company that manages operations at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park. “People that would never have had the ability to go into a cave, or who have been slightly uncomfortable doing so … can now learn about our caves.”

Horne Lake Caves
Photo: Fraser Valley Pulse & Metro Vancouver Pulse on Flickr

The new interpretive centre highlights Horne Lake’s 7 caves and features an education centre, a museum and a cave theatre. The beauty of Horne Lake Caves is in the fact that much of it is undeveloped and untouched, making it easy to see why these caves have been named Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC by Attractions Canada.

The public is invited to the opening of the interpretive centre throughout the day on on Tuesday, August 9th. Horne Lake Caves is located at 3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd. in Qualicum Beach. From Highway 19, take exit 75 and follow the signs. For more information on Horne Lake Caves, visit them online or follow their updates on Twitter.

On September 11th I’ll be participating in the BC-SPCA’s Paws For A Cause fundraiser – for the fourth time! Please considering donating to this extremely worthwhile cause and offering support to Jordy and I! Click here to read more.

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One Comment on “Horne Lake Caves Will Be Canada’s First Wheelchair Accessible Underground Site

  1. That is me in the last picture, trying to unlock the Riverbend gate :)

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