Caves and Mines

Bonnechere Caves Eganville

Where is it at?

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Bonnechere Caves
Fourth Chute Road
Eganville
ON
K0J 1T0
Tel: 613 628 2283

Directions

Apparently trouble for sat nav, their own directions are: From Ottawa: Highway 17 west to Renfrew. From Renfrew take Highway #60 to Douglas. In Douglas watch for our blue and white Ontario tourism signage which tells you to turn left off the main street in Douglas.

Where are we going today?

For over 55 years, families have been having amazing underground adventures for their family day out at Bonnechere Caves...and now it's your turn!

Bonnechere Caves have been formed over millions of years, and really are a marvel of nature. The caves themselves lie under a hill of limestone, that is actually thought by geologists to have been the seabed of a tropical body of water during the age of the dinosaurs...how cool is that!?

Kids LOVE investigating the weird and wonderful caves, and they can do this through the guided tour.

The tours depart every 20 to 30 minutes, and last for around an hour. Even on the hottest days, the caves are cool - after all - they don't get the sun like above ground does!

Your journey begins down a set of stairs that will lead you into the caves, and then your adventure starts. You will experience white waters of waterfalls, amazing rock formations - including those iconic stalagmites and stalactites - and the whole experience is enhanced by colorful electric lights.

Along your way, try and spot the fossils of coral and little sea creatures all dotted around the cave network!

It's a family day out with a twist, and gives you an insight into how amazing and magical our planet really is!

Dig deep for your next adventure - you know you want to!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$17
  • Children$12 to $13
  • Free Under: 4 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Tour hours and opening times vary on the month

Open May, the close after Thanksgiving.

Teachers corner

They have fossil work sheets that compliment any field trips!.

I'm Hungry!

Soft drinks, snacks and ice cream are available to purchase.

Healthy Eating!

There are picnic areas where you can bring your own food - make a day of it!.

Any Top Tips?

It's lit but not brightly, take a torch for kids to get a closer look, as verywhere in the walls you will find scalloping patterns and fossils..

Need a little extra help?

There are steps in the caves, but give them a call to discuss your needs and see how they can help you.

Can I get one of those?

Souvenirs and science related items are available to purchase if you want!.

More information

They recommend that you bring a light sweater or jacket. Low heeled shoes are the best or in other words any footwear that you would use to go on a hike..

What people are saying?

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    My dad took me to the caves when I was a kid, and I recently returned to bring my husband and my own children. They loved it as much as I had. It's nice to get the kids back to nature once in a while, and away from the t.v and video games. The tour through the caves is great for kids (especially boys)....there are lots of things for the kids to see, touch, and learn about ( my boys loved the bats!!!) and the scenery surrounding the caves (the rapids,old mill etc.) are beautiful for the adults. The guided tour teaches you about the history of the...Read More

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    Not sure what I was expecting. I guess the problem is I went because someone suggested going there and I didn't research it. That person has now been banned from making attraction suggestions.

    For the price, I think it wasn't a good value. I was expecting more hiking and less education. The caves themselves are barely anything. I wouldn't call them caves so much as a crevice.

    So for me it was boring. I think the attraction is more for kids. But I think if I was a kid, I too wouldn't have wanted to be there. I guess it's more for elementary school...Read More

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    Had a terrible experience and would not recommend. Clearly a money grab.

    We booked a table for two for the dining experience event. It was supposed to be our anniversary dinner. The owner claims we never confirmed, which is simply untrue. He cancelled our reservation, saying he did not receive credit card information - which he did not ask for and we had no idea he needed before the dinner. He then said when he realized he did not have the credit information, he didn't want to contact us to ask us for it so as 'not to bug us'. Finding out the...Read More

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    I hadn't visited since the kids were small (~30 years). We opted out the caves themselves and were allowed to hear the history and tour the area taking several photos. It was a most enjoyable time, being a beautiful day as well. I learned more than I had known about this interesting area and got some great photos. The day we were visiting was very busy with an overflowing parking lot. Friendly people made our Sunday drive even more rewarding. Thank you.

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    One of my favourite places since I was a kid. It's a neat way to learn about the geologic processes in this special landscape. The limestone is an ancient sea bed and the caves and sink holes that form in it are part of what is known as Karst topography. These are the same festures in Europe that sheltered many of our ancestors. While the tour isn't long, the Bonnechere Caves are one of the few places in our modern life where we can experience true, total darkness -- and don't be alarmed, the guide treats us to this only briefly. The surrounding...Read More

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by ToddShann G

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My dad took me to the caves when I was a kid, and I recently returned to bring my husband and my own children. They loved it as much as I had. It's nice to get the kids back to nature once in a while, and away from the t.v and video games. The tour through the caves is great for kids (especially boys)....there are lots of things for the kids to see, touch, and learn about ( my boys loved the bats!!!) and the scenery surrounding the caves (the rapids,old mill etc.) are beautiful for the adults. The guided tour teaches you about the history of the region, the caves, and about fossils. After the tour, you are free to roam about as much as you please.I suggest you bring a picnic to enjoy down by the water.

by T. Jim

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Not sure what I was expecting. I guess the problem is I went because someone suggested going there and I didn't research it. That person has now been banned from making attraction suggestions.

For the price, I think it wasn't a good value. I was expecting more hiking and less education. The caves themselves are barely anything. I wouldn't call them caves so much as a crevice.

So for me it was boring. I think the attraction is more for kids. But I think if I was a kid, I too wouldn't have wanted to be there. I guess it's more for elementary school field trips to get out of one science class.

The guides themselves were very energetic and positive.

However, I think for the price of the attraction, especially since we went with 6 people, for a total of almost $100, we could have gotten much more value elsewhere. The facilities don't even have a running toilet, there is only an outhouse and a well-pump. So I think price was the deciding factor in my review.

by Neal Burke

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Had a terrible experience and would not recommend. Clearly a money grab.

We booked a table for two for the dining experience event. It was supposed to be our anniversary dinner. The owner claims we never confirmed, which is simply untrue. He cancelled our reservation, saying he did not receive credit card information - which he did not ask for and we had no idea he needed before the dinner. He then said when he realized he did not have the credit information, he didn't want to contact us to ask us for it so as 'not to bug us'. Finding out the day that our dinner was cancelled was obviously way more upsetting than having someone call and ask for credit card information! I cannot believe that he runs a business this way.

by Mike Steele

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One of my favourite places since I was a kid. It's a neat way to learn about the geologic processes in this special landscape. The limestone is an ancient sea bed and the caves and sink holes that form in it are part of what is known as Karst topography. These are the same festures in Europe that sheltered many of our ancestors. While the tour isn't long, the Bonnechere Caves are one of the few places in our modern life where we can experience true, total darkness -- and don't be alarmed, the guide treats us to this only briefly. The surrounding area is rich in marine fossils, the river itself is gorgeous and the encompassing countryside is unbelievably pretty. Look at the caves as part of an overall experience and you won't be disappointed if you have an enquiring mind and an eye for beauty.

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