The Upana Caves is a popular destination for explorers and is located 17 km northwest of Gold River on the Head Bay Forest Road (to Tahsis). Driving time is approximately 25 minutes from Gold River.
A written account of the discovery of Upana Caves has not been found. The first systematic exploration and mapping of the Upana Caves was undertaken by recreational cavers in 1975. Cavers named the system from the river that flows through one of the caves. Since 1975 the Upana Caves have attracted several thousand visitors. The underground sequences of the television series, Huckleberry Finn and His Friends, were filmed at the caves.
The cave interiors remain in a relatively undeveloped state. This means they are without the comforts of conviences of major North American caves. The individual caves vary in size from single rooms to branching passages of considerable length. The Upana Caves are actually comprised of several caves within one group. There are fifteen known entrances within the system. The combined length of the cave passages is appromixately 1,476 feet.
The individual caves vary in size from single rooms to branching passages of considerable length. The overall passage and room dimensions are comparable with other Vancouver Island caves.