Only an hour and a half drive took us to Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, one of the best places to explore caves in Canada.
Upon arriving we met our guides who explained what we could expect upon entering the caves. Then we split off into 2 separate groups following our guides towards the caves.
We grabbed helmets and headlamps, then we began our hike into the forest to soon find the caves we would explore.
Entering the caves for the first time forced many members of the group to experience a tension between excitement for what could possibly be beneath our feet and the scary reality of descending into a cold, wet, dark, unknown space.
Our guides showed us around introducing us to a mysterious formation on the rocks called calcite, which is essentially a cave crystal formed from calcium carbonite, taking formation over the course of many years. Making our way through the caves we had to be very careful not to touch the calcite along the walls so that the oils in our skin would not damage it.
As we were able to experience these underground formations we took a moment to turn off all the lights and experience 100% darkness.