Geocaching is a fun outdoor adventure that combines hiking and treasure hunting © Parks Canada
Try the Waterton Geocaching Challenge
Join the 21st century scavenger hunt!
Use your GPS to uncover a series of hidden caches in Waterton Lakes National Park. There is the Town Challenge and, for those who want more, the Park Challenge!
Your mission? Find five of six caches in either (or both) challenges and record your find in the appropriate passport (Town or Park). Present the completed passport to staff at the Heritage Centre on Waterton Avenue for a small token.
Both passports are also available at the Heritage Centre and the Parks Canada Visitor Centre.
If you have your own GPS unit, download the caches here:
Try our whitebark pine geocaching challenge, which will take you to as many as six national parks in the Canadian Rockies to bring attention to the whitebark pine tree.
Want to find out about geocaching? Take the free geocaching 101 course - offered at the Heritage Centre on Waterton Avenue, 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays from June 24 to August 29, 2015. No GPS? No problem - borrow one for free from the Heritage Centre.
A big thank you to the Waterton Natural History Association for assisting with all things geocaching, including the geocaching 101 program, the GPS rentals and cache placement and maintenance.
What is geocaching?
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played around the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Anyone can use coordinates found on geocaching.com to locate caches.
People of all ages! Each geocache listing has a difficulty and terrain rating. A 1/1 is easiest, a 5/5 the hardest. This allows you to seek a geocache suitable for their ability and fitness level.
What do you need to go geocaching?
A GPS device or GPS-enabled mobile phone and internet access through a computer or a mobile device. In addition, a free or premium membership with geocaching.com is recommended.