Information about La Grotte de Saint-Elzéar
Inside the cave, the temperature is always maintained at 4 ° C, whether summer or winter. It is more than 200 meters long and sinks up to 35 meters below the surface. The visit is made on a metal walkway that visitors do not leave and which gives them access to the spacious and easily accessible sections of the cave. The age of the cave is estimated to be over 230,000 years. The opening of the entrance well would coincide with the retreat of the last glacier about 10,000 years ago. As the entrance shaft is vertical, it has acted as a trap for the animals that have inhabited the region for the past ten millennia. We can therefore observe a wide variety of bones. Some of them belonged to extinct species from the region. The cave of Saint-Elzéar, one of the oldest in Quebec, has a wide variety of concretions. We discover calcite flows, stalactites, stalagmites, globulites, moon milk and gours. Our guides, keen on this natural heritage, will share with you the keen interest that drives them.