Climbing & Caving
Rock climbing (Don Weixl photo)
Vancouver Island's numerous mountains and crags offer some great rock climbing, caving, and mountaineering opportunities.
There are plenty of opportunities for adventure on Vancouver Island, from rock climbing at Strathcona Provincial Park and Mount Arrowsmith to caving in Horne Lakes Caves Provincial Park and the Upana Caves.
Vancouver Island has thousands of caves – some of which rank among the world’s most significant and spectacular. Take a guided tour to make the most of the outdoors, whether that means climbing rock walls or descending underground to see unusual rock formations.
Rock Climbing in Strathcona Provincial Park
Strathcona Provincial Park, BC's oldest provincial park, has some of the best climbing on Vancouver Island. And with over 245,000ha/605,408ac of rugged mountain terrain, the park offers some excellent mountaineering opportunities, too.
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3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Crystal clear water, amazing caves & spectacular scenery make Horne Lake one of the best camping & adventure destinations on Vancouver Island. Horne Lake Caves was voted the "Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC" by Attractions Canada. Explore this unique park above and below the surface. Visit Canada's only Cave Theatre and Museum. On the trails, enjoy a wide range of programs from surface geology hikes to family-oriented cavern tours or popular 3hr. Spelunking Adventure featuring ancient fossils & amazing crystal formations. For more challenge, you can self-guide two rugged caves or go vertical on the "Extreme" expeditions - rappelling down underground waterfalls!