Get ready to be swept off your feet – literally! Little Huson Cave Regional Park is a treasure trove of spectacular geological features and wonders waiting to be discovered.
Feel the thrill as you stand at the entrance of the awe-inspiring cathedral cave, carved over a millennia by the relentless power of water. Bask in the serenity of the surrounding canyon, or take a dip in the cool water of Atluck Creek.
This is not just a visit – it’s a journey into the heart of Mother Nature herself. So, grab your hiking shoes and swim trucks and let’s go on an adventure!
Welcome to the breathtaking Little Huson Cave Regional Park, nestled in the picturesque Nimpkish Valley on Northern Vancouver Island. This hidden gem boasts stunning limestone karst formations and a large, unique river cave.
Although the park is home to 15 caves, the reason to visit is the Cathedral River Cave – the giant rock bridge and home to clear green water pools inside Atluck Creek Canyon.
Follow the main trail from the parking lot; it’s a short trail through the woods and comes to the land bridge that splits into two. Head to the right a short distance to a wooden platform high above Atluck Creek and a view of the backside entrance to the cave.
Head back along the trail; as you work your way down to the cave, it’s not a challenging walk but when we were there, it was in need of repairs, so proceed with caution to the riverbed.
This area is magical! If you like refreshing, cold, clear water, take in the unique experience of swimming in front of the large opening. Be careful as there is a current, and it’s not recommended if the water is high.
When we visited, it was easy to walk along the edge into the cave without getting your feet wet, and once we were inside, the opening felt massive, and you could see right through to the other opening 60 meters down river.
Wander around the creek bed; there are wonderful limestone formations to admire, including one that resembles the perfect surfing wave peeling over and frozen in stone, and there are two small caves along the trail to explore.
This area was chosen as a public park due to the unique land bridge over the river, and as a visitor, you do not need special equipment to experience the “karst” features.
There are no delicate features that are sensitive to frequent visitors. The large cave can be easily visited by most and is relatively safe and easy to self-guide the area. The other caves in the park are much smaller and made by flowing groundwater, some of which are accessible along the trail.
On your walk back, there are two small breakaway trails that take you to lookouts over upper Atluck Creek Canyon. There isn’t much to see now, but at one point, there was a large natural arch rock formation that collapsed in the 90s
The walking trails are narrow and maintained less than other parks. The signage is minimal and other than a few warning signs of inherent dangers, the district relies on people to use common sense.
We made a trip to the caves as we headed home after our weekend in Port Hardy, visiting San Josef Bay and the Dakota Crash Site.
20 minutes off Island Highway (Hwy 19), take the Zeballos turn-off just north of Woss onto a gravel logging road; Follow the signs to Little Huson Cave Regional Park.
Use google maps to get you started, and then follow the signs to reach the park.
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