Vancouver Island was blessed by nature with splendor, a gentle climate, and a multitude of terrains and geological beauty. Tourism helps drive the local economy, as people from everywhere come here to fish, camp, surf, and rock climb. The latter is quickly becoming the island’s brightest attractions. In fact, the sheer composition of Vancouver Island is one that begs for exploration.
Between Vancouver Island and neighboring Gulf Islands, over fifty sites for climbing have been recognized and cataloged. Regardless of your level of skill, of the cataloged climbing sites, you’ll find one that is right for you. Due to the modern roads and communities strewn across the island, many of the greatest spots are easily accessible. If you’re visiting for the first time, speak with locals regarding which of the sites you’re planning to visit that may be located on private property or protected lands. Of the public sites, you’ll see that the local climbers have made your climb a bit easier by carving out handholds and clearing routes to their favorite climbs.
Strathcona Provincial Park, on the north side of the island, has what climbers call the “best spots.” It is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia and has more than 600,000 acres of untouched, rugged terrain.
Caving is also a major attraction on the island, as there are more than a thousand various caves and tunnels. You’ll find underground cathedrals, mineral formations, and even pictographs from ancient natives who called this island home. Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is just one spot where you can explore some of the island’s subterranean mystery. The cave system is located just over 30 minutes to the west of Qualicum Beach. There are both guided and self-guided tour options, but unless you are an experienced spelunker, it is well worth your money to opt for the guided tour.
You’ll see that the extensive nature of climbing and caving opportunities are nothing short of amazing. Discover for yourself why others call this the most remarkable region of the Canadian West Coast.