Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 18, 2017
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Great Canadian caves

1. Cavers on Vancouver Island congregate at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, where there are three caves open to explorers. The park’s star attraction is the Riverbend Cave (pictured): its walls are made of stunning crystal formations. There’s a 90-minute family tour, a three-hour adventure trip and more serious four- or five-hour challenges. If you’re up for it, you’ll get the chance to rappel down a seven-storey waterfall into the depths of the cave. www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/horne_lk

2. The four-kilometre-long limestone labyrinth of Rat’s Nest Cave in Canmore, Alberta is well worth exploring for anyone at a moderate fitness level. Accessible only through tours led by Canmore Caverns. (877) 317-1178; www.canadianrockies.net/wildcavetours

3. If you prefer to stay above ground, consider the walk-through replica of Jamaica’s St. Clair cave in the Bat Cave at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. Here you’ll see more than 35,000 bat specimens, snakes, spiders and other creatures of the night. (416) 586-8000; www.rom.on.ca [AS]

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