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Exploring some Ottawa Valley caves

Beautiful view of the Bonnechere river

Last weekend we headed west to explore The Bonnechere Caves which are located about 1 hour north west of Ottawa. They have been a popular attraction for years and we have been there a few times. The caves are the result of a series of sink holes and erosion created by the nearby Bonnechere river.

Guided Tour

The caves are not open for open admission, so you must join up with a group for a look inside. Our guide this time was Patrick and he provided a detailed and animated history of the caves. Every guide we have had have gone out of their way to bring some excitement to the tour. The tour lasts for about 40 mins and includes a number of stops where some geologic facts are shared as well as how the caves were first discovered.


We were hopeful to see some brown bats but they tend to appear later in the season. We were also told the bats over winter in the caves after they let the waters rise and partially flood the caves again. read more