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Gros Morne National Park

Geocaching

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 logbook to record their visit.

For the first time ever, Gros Morne National Park is pleased to offer you an official geocaching challenge.

The Great Gros Morne Geocaching Challenge

The Great Gros Morne Geocaching Challenge is a traditional geocache, in which coordinates are given for the exact location of each cache. To complete the challenge, participants will hike a total of 20.5km over five park trails where the caches are hidden. This geocache challenge can be completed comfortably in two days. Cachers who prove they have visited all five caches will earn a limited-edition Gros Morne National Park trackable geocoin.
To participate, here's what you need to do:

  • Join geocaching.com, the global GPS caching website. It's free.
  • Read the “Story of Jonathan Livingstearn Tern”.
  • Purchase your park pass and collect your passport at any park facility.
  • Find each cache. Please stay on trails. Though not required, in order to better follow the story, we recommend working from the South of the park to the North.
  • Punch your passport with the unique punch in each cache.
  • Answer the five questions on your passport.
  • To purchase your geocoin, bring your completed passport and your park pass to the Visitor Centre in Rocky Harbour or the Discovery Centre in Woody Point.

    As an added point of interest, there is a storybook that can accompany the challenge which may be requested at the Visitor Centre or Discovery Centre. This follows the story of an Arctic Tern named Jonathan Livingstearn Tern. In order to follow the story, we recommend working from the South of the park to the North. While enhancing the experience, the storybook is not necessary to complete the challenge.

    Geocaching in National Parks

    National parks 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