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December 4, 2017 9:41 AM   Subscribe

In Parc Pie-XII in Montreal there is a natural cavern, the Cavernicole Cave or St.-Léonard Cavern. It was discovered early in the nineteenth century and its most famous moment was as a hiding place for weapons and patriotes during the 1837 Rebellion in Lower Canada. After being largely forgotten for many years, the cave was turned into a historical tourist attraction. some forty years ago. Earlier this year, two cavers from la Société québécoise de spéléologie, Daniel Caron and Luc Le Blanc, sent a small camera through a hole in a limestone wall in the cavern to verify suspicions that there was another section and discovered a far larger cavern hidden below the streets of Montreal.

The newly-discovered section of cavern has not been fully explored yet due to high water levels. However is at least 200 metres long and at least ten times the size of the previously known section. It was formed some 15,000 years ago during the ice age. It reaches the aquifer and has an underground lake. Coverage from CBC (English), Radio-Canada (French), Le Gazette (French), and CTV (English) show some spectacular images, with a touch of claustrophobia.
posted by ricochet biscuit (6 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Great title.
posted by doctornemo at 10:04 AM on December 4, 2017 [5 favorites]

Great title.

Thanks. Kind of a deep cut, and I do not have a copy of the story in translation, so I was just guessing.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:32 PM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

That is pretty cool! Will have to check it out on my next trip to Montreal, which is long overdue...
posted by Grither at 12:43 PM on December 4, 2017

via the CBC article:
Le Blanc and Caron said they were able to pinpoint the location of the passageway using a dowsing rod, similar to the wooden divination tools sometimes used to find groundwater.
hoo boy
posted by mikeh at 1:39 PM on December 4, 2017 [3 favorites]

Fraser: I had one of your hunches, Ray. Felt good.
posted by Mitheral at 8:06 PM on December 4, 2017

Obligatory: Ted's Caving Page.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:12 PM on December 6, 2017

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