Newly Discovered Cave Could be the Largest Cave in Canada

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A newly discovered cave in a remote valley in British Columbia might be Canada’s largest.

First spotted in April by a helicopter team from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, the massive cave may be considered the largest in the country.

Geologist Catherine Hickson and her team conducted months of research on the new discovery before visiting the site later in September.

“It is huge. It is enormous. When you first see it, you just gasp because it’s just this huge hole in the ground,” she said in an interview with Global B.C.  “When I first saw the photos my initial reaction is this is very significant, this is a very important discovery.”

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Hickson and her team preparing to visit the site. (Catherine Hickson)

In terms of size, the cave is 100 metres by 60 metres. It also extends more than 100 metres underground.
“At the moment [the cavers are] saying it certainly is one of the largest in Canada,” Hickson said.
The team believes this may be the first time humans have laid eyes on the cave. They are consulting with local First Nations to see if there may be more information on the cave through historical knowledge. For now, the team is working on naming the site.
“The initial group that discovered it called it Sarlacc’s pit,” she said. “It’s this vertical huge hole and you can imagine a space monster like the Sarlacc occupying this pit.”

That’s the unofficial name for now. Hickson says a formal naming won’t happen until consultations with local First Nations are made.

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The newly discovered cave. (Catherine Hickson)

And for all of those who want to check it out, sorry, this place is off limits.  The exact location of the site will be kept on the down low to prevent it from public damage.

“The reality is the cave is protected by its remoteness and the technical ability [needed],” she said. “But we’re not making the exact location known because caves can be a fairly fragile environment and we want to make sure it is protected.”

Further investigation of the cave may be conducted in the future based on funding.

“But here’s a major discovery that is made in today’s world and likely has never been seen before and certainly not explored before.  It’s just a message that there is still stuff out there yet to do and yet to be discovered.”