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MiniGill Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
MiniGill Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Robert Logan

There are several caves located in the area of the raging river. They are all incredible but I must say that the minigill cave has to be the best. To enter this cave requires a 35-meter rappel straight down. This alone makes this a pretty awesome cave. Of course, the thing about caving is it’s always uphill on your way out. Its a tough haul using ascenders to get out.

Minigill Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
Minigill Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Robert Logan

To reach the caves here is a bit of a walk along an old decommissioned logging road, you must walk from where an old bridge has been removed. Once you park, its a pretty easy route to the caves, although if you do not know where these caves are located, you will simply walk right on by. The walk is pleasant though and the bird and plant life is quite amazing to see.

Minigill Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
Minigill Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Robert Logan

Once you drop into the cave, you will find yourself on the shore of an underground river. You will see a vast room with a variety of points that head-on into the limestone, some of the deeper rooms require you to duck underwater for a few feet, these rooms have endless soda straw stalactites that cover the ceilings. There are crystal pools with many types of formations and some formations look like nests with eggs in them. If you look up, you will see the entrance far above.

Minigill Cave, Vancouver Island, BC
Minigill Cave, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Robert Logan

This is a remarkable cave that everyone who enters must take care to not create any damage, there is also a fair chance on injuring yourself in the drop in and exploring this hole, please be careful if you are lucky enough to locate it.

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