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Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Geocaching

Global Positioning System unit
© CBHNP / Angelina Payne, 2009

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.

Cape Breton Highlands is pleased to offer four geocaches:

  • Ecocache - Find all five official park caches to earn a limited-edition geocoin.
  • Middle Head Multi-cache - Explore this historic peninsula, site of the Keltic Lodge.
  • Boomer's Campground Kid Caches – Discover geocaching in the Chéticamp and Broad Cove Campgrounds.
  • Earthcache for the Earth Science buffs.

Ecocache

The Ecocache 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 17km over five park trails where the caches are hidden. This geocache can be completed comfortably in two days. Cachers who prove they have visited all five caches will earn a limited-edition Cape Breton Highlands National Park geocoin.

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

  • Join www.geocaching.com, the global GPS caching website. It's free.
  • Read the five articles.
  • Purchase your park pass and collect your Cacheport at the Ingonish or Chéticamp Visitor Centre.
  • Find each cache. Please stay on trails.
  • Punch your Cacheport with the unique punch in each cache.
  • Answer the five questions on your Cacheport.
  • To claim your geocoin, bring your completed passport to the Chéticamp or Ingonish Visitor Centre.

Middle Head Multi-cache

Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa are pleased to offer a multi-cache on the Middle Head. In multi-caches, coordinates are given for the first cache, and clues must be used to determine the coordinates of subsequent caches. The Middle Head Multi-cache starts at the Keltic Lodge and takes you to historically and culturally significant places on the Middle Head Peninsula. This cache can be completed in a day.

Boomer's Campground Kid Caches

Boomer the Beaver has lost his button somewhere in the campground – can you help him find it? Boomer's multi-cache introduces children to Cape Breton's native tree species in the campgrounds at Chéticamp and Broad Cove. To start this family activity, stop by the Chéticamp or Ingonish Visitor Centres for more information.

Woman looking at her Global Positioning System unit in Cape Breton National Park
© CBHNP / Angelina Payne, 2009

EarthCache

In association with the American Geological Society, Cape Breton Highlands National Park is offering an EarthCache. EarthCaches do not use stored containers; their treasures are the discoveries people make about the earth and its processes at each site.

Take an adventure and hunt for the caches that the Earth has stored.

To view the Cape Breton Highlands National Park Official EarthCache, see: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=gc1qtdt

For more information on Earthcaching, visit: www.earthcache.org

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