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Horne Lake Caves on Vancouver Island Get Soaring Interest


A long-standing Vancouver Island attraction that keeps visitors in the dark has been brought back into the limelight.

The Horne Lake Caves have been welcoming visitors into their depths for more than 30 years, but a recent visit posted online has sparked a lot of interest for the unique attraction.

“It just came naturally,” said Kyle Girgan, chief executive officer of Horne Lake Caves. “Someone came here for a tour, put together a 15-second little reel and posted it on Instagram.”

The video includes a trip down the cave’s underground slide, which seems to be garnering special interest.

The tours offered at the cave system take visitors through four different caves.

“We call them cave expeditions because they are so realistic,” says Girgan. “We give you helmets and lights, you have a guide, you go underground for between an hour and a half to four and a half hours.”

The Horne Lake caves on Vancouver Island are shown. (CTV News)

Employee Ryan Nelson considers the caves his office.

“This is the first step for many people when it comes to caving. One of the things we’re really focused on, is how to do it safely and how to do it. safe for you as well as for the cave,” he said.

The aforementioned slide is part of a “100-year restoration project” at the caves, keeping people away from the ancient crystal formations inside.

It also serves as a fun bonus for visitors, most of whom have never been inside the cave before.

“They often gape, marvel, and gape. I really like that,” Nelson said.

“I love showing people these caves for the first time.”

The Horne Lake Cavern projection is shown. (hornelakecaves/Instagram)Horne Lake Caverns is a private enterprise inside Horne Lake Cave Provincial Park on Vancouver Central Island, just north of Port Alberni, BC.

“In terms of business and strategic thinking, we are unique, no one else can do this,” says Girgan.

The new owner bought the business about two years ago from its original owner, who initiated cave tours about three decades ago.

“He started ecotourism before it actually materialized, we’re just continuing it with new blood, new money and new energy,” says Girgan.

Last year, the caves welcomed about 11,000 visitors, according to the company.

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