Warsaw Caves

Warsaw Caves Conservation Area

Useful Information

Location: Northeast of Peterborough
Open: Park: Mid-MAY to Thanksgiving daily.
Caves: 15-APR to 01-DEC
Fee: Park fee: Adults CAD 3.50, Children (3-18) CAD 2.25, Car CAD 10.
Cave tour: Adults CAD 3.
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:  
Address: Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground, 289 Caves Road, Warsaw, Ontario, Tel: +1-705-652-3161, Free: 1-877-816-7604, Fax: +1-705-745-7488. E-mail: contact
Otonabee Conservation, 250 Milroy Drive, Peterborough, K9H 7M6, Tel: +1-705-745-5791, Fax: +1-705-745-7488.
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Several small caves can be reached by marked footpaths.

The geological history of the area begins 10,000 years ago, when the last of the glacial meltwalters surged down the Indian River on the way to Lake Iroquois. The level of the glacial spillway was at least 14 m above that of the present water level. The tremendous flow found its way through the crevices in the limestone bedrock. The pounding gradually created large underground stream channels and caves. The action of the rushing waters in the channel created whirlpools, which captured pebbles and boulders with its abrasive spinning action. These materials were gradually ground into the limestone bedrock creating numerous „potholes” or „kettles” which can be seen along the marked trails.

Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.

The Warsaw Caves are seven small caves, between 40m and 91m long. The caves are almost horizontal and very easy to visit, but mostly not high enough to stand upright. Although not very difficult or dirty, we recommend old clothes, sturdy boots or Wellingtons, helmet and headlamp if available. Gloves are a good idea for the crawling. Headlamps are sold at the gatehouse, if you forgot to bring a lamp.