Middle Scallop Cave

Middle Scallop Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
Middle Scallop Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

The middle scallop cave is quite unique, ceilings are at least 10 meters high, yet the walls are quite narrow, so narrow in spots that it’s impossible to turn around. The walls are completely scalloped, hence the name, for the most part, the floor is smooth but scalloped also. This cave is awesome.

Middle Scallop Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
Middle Scallop Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

The trail down from the road is winding and very steep, you eventually drop into a canyon, and there it is the entrance. The first time we found this cave we were pretty excited. We had heard stories of how tight and winding this cave was and looked forward to seeing it for ourselves. It did not disappoint us, winding is a mild way of describing this cave, it’s one corner after another.

Middle Scallop Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
Middle Scallop Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

The water levels vary only slightly but the last time I was in here, Dec. 2019, the water was higher than our boots, and walking with your boots on the walls was required in plenty of spots. I did get a soaker in one boot though. At the end of this long, winding passageway are a waterfall and a way up to a hole, a small hole where you can climb out, my 65-year-old belly would not let me out, and I was forced to head back the way I had come in. My younger boys were able to exit here.

Middle Scallop Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
Middle Scallop Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

The memekay river valley has plenty of hidden caves, we are working hard to find all of them, the fun in searching out caves is so much a part of the adventure, and then finally finding the cave you are searching for is awesome.

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