Caves often hold ancient treasures such as Paleolithic paintings, extinct animal fossils, and silent movie DVD box sets. Survey long forgotten relics with today's Groupon: for $83, you get an extreme rappel cave tour at Horne Lake Caverns in Qualicum Beach (a $166.88 value, including HST).
The natural splendours adorning Horne Lake Caverns' twisting caves lure adventurers for intense expeditions and family-safe tours. An extreme rappel cave tour straps explorers in for five hours to descend upon crystal formations, rove over ancient fossils, and snack on freeze-dried cave ice cream. Spelunk to the bottom of the seven-story Rainbarrel and crawl through the sparkling tunnels leading to awe-inspiring rooms such as the chilling "China Shop." Climbers return to the surface and any court appointed chaperones by skillfully scurrying up the rock face on a wild cable ladder.
Due to the magnitude of the excursions, climbers must have prior rappelling experience or spent at least 10 hours retrieving books off the top shelf of the library. Extreme Rappel tours take place at 12:30 p.m. daily. Adventures are furnished with all necessary equipment, but are asked to wear warm apparel and sturdy shoes. Horne Lake also offers a two-hour outdoor rappel clinic for those without recent rappel experience (additional cost of $40 plus HST).
Horne Lake Caves
A waterfall surges into a subterranean river. Towering peaks dotted with evergreen trees loom on a distant shore. A fire pit billows wood smoke into the sky. At Horne Lake, guides spend each day connecting visitors with Qualicum Beach's natural splendour. Certified cave guides also lead a series of excursions through the natural majesty of Horne Lake Caverns, where a network of rocky passageways wind around a subterranean river and gleaming crystal compositions reach up to four stories tall under soaring gallery ceilings. They also conduct nature-based leadership programs such as team building and ropes courses.