Geocaching is a modern treasure hunt – a new sport that is growing in popularity with people of all ages. Given the latitudinal and longitudinal co-ordinates, participants use their GPS (Global Positioning System) unit to locate the hidden “cache,” a small box with a punch to record their visit on the program card.

For the first time ever, Port au Choix National Historic Site is pleased to offer you an official geocaching challenge.

The Exploring Our Ancient Home Geocache Challenge

This a traditional geocache, in which coordinates are given for the exact location of each cache. This geocache challenge can be completed comfortably in one day. Visitors can purchase a program card at visitor reception and search for the caches during their visit to earn the geocoin unique to this site. To complete the challenge, participants will be required to visit at least 4 of the 5 hidden caches. Geocachers who prove they have visited at least 4 caches will earn the limited-edition trackable site geocoin. Visit Red Bay and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Sites to collect all three coins in the series.

To participate, here's what you need to do:

  • Join www.geocaching.com, the global GPS caching website.
  • Use either a GPS or Smartphone to download the geocaching app.
  • Obtain all the co-ordinates for the geocaches from geocaching.com.
  • Purchase your geocaching card at the site.
  • Use your device to find the caches.
  • Imprint your card with the punch unique to that cache.
  • Bring your completed card to the site reception desk to claim your geocoin.
  • You must have a valid day entry for the site.

    Geocaching in National Historic Sites

    National Historic Sites are special places, protected for Canadians today, tomorrow, and into the future. Parks Canada has special guidelines for geocaching at their sites. For example, no caches will be buried or off trail, and it is not permitted to place trade items of any kind in the boxes.

    For more information:

  • Parks Canada Geocaching Info
  • Parks Canada Visitor Activity Guidelines