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Upana Caves, Gold River

#16 of 24 in Nature in Vancouver Island
Cave Nature / Park
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  • Limestone caves on the edge of a steep drop down the Upana canyon. Forest trail winds down the slope thru the trees past waterfall and a number of small caves, ending at the bottom with a large cave. ...  more »
  • situated on the logging road from Gold River to Tahsis it is pristine site consisting of a series of caves, some large some small but all worth exploring. They are connected by a path through the fore...  more »
  • 17 km drive on a well maintained gravel road and then a short hike to the caves. Caves for all here, from the experienced caver to children as there is caves you can see through and others that you wi...  more »
  • While these caves were a lot of fun to explore I wouldn't recommend going out of your way and driving hours on end to see them. If you live in Campbell River or Gold River definitely check them out but there are bigger and more interesting cave systems elsewhere on Vancouver Island.
  • We had a great time crawling around and exploring the caves. Not much room for parking tho! Short walk down the trails to the caves, be prepared to do some crawling and getting dirty. Wear good hiking boots, gloves as its wet and chilly in there. Head lamp is a must along with a helmet is a good idea. Took us about 2 hrs to explore them all. Some nice falls at the end of the Maine cave. Leave packs at the vehicle they just get in the way.
  • During the winter, the trails are hard to find, and the cards are not clear. However, it is a beautiful experience, explore a cave without help!
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