New cave may be largest in Canada

By Laura Keil


In a remote part of Wells Gray Park a newly discovered cave, possibly the biggest in Canada, is yet to be fully explored. Who wants to go spelunking? / SCREENSHOT FROM MINISTRY VIDEO

A cave discovered this year in B.C.’s Wells Gray Provincial Park may be the largest in Canada, geologists say.

As the snow receded this spring, a Ministry of Environment helicopter crew spotted the gaping hole in the high alpine north of Clearwater, BC, while conducting a caribou count.

Geologist Catherine Hickson – who visited the cave in September – told the Canadian Press it is a “significant” geological find.

The mouth of the cave is about 100m long by 60 metres wide – roughly the size of a soccer field – with an estimated depth of at least 135m.

Hickson told the Canadian Press the cave is a type of “striped karst,” which is a combination of marble and other ancient ocean rock.

Geologists are currently keeping the exact location a secret in order to preserve the integrity of the site.

While the discoverers have dubbed the new cave “Sarlacc’s Pit” – a Star Wars reference – an official name will be determined after consultation with First Nations.

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