Geocaching at Pukaskwa National Park
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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.
Geocaching provides you with an opportunity to learn about the unique natural and cultural heritage of the national park at your own pace. The geocaches in Pukaskwa National Park tell the story of how this land was formed and how it has changed over time. Whether this is your first visit or you have been to the park many times, this challenging adventure will make you see Pukaskwa in a brand new light and confirm it as one of Canada’s national treasures.
To participate, here's what you need to do:
- Obtain all the co-ordinates for the geocaches available at Pukaskwa National Park from www.geocaching.com:
- Use a GPS or smartphone to find the caches
- When you’ve found a geocache you may sign the log book and also log your find on www.geocaching.com by creating an account.
- Respect the natural surroundings by staying on marked trails – all geocaches are directly accessible from trails or public areas.
- Do not leave anything (trade items) inside the geocaches as they may attract wildlife
- Not sure how to geocache? In July and August, you can borrow a GPS unit from the Visitor Centre (small fee applies) and master the basics with the help of a park interpreter on a Geocaching 101 program.
Heritage Hide ‘n ‘Seek Geotour
The geocaches in Pukaskwa National Park are part of the Heritage Hide‘n‘Seek GeoTour. There are more than two dozen geocaches hidden as part of this geotour throughout Northern Ontario. The caches within Pukaskwa are worth 10 points each. Print the passport, find the caches, answer the questions, collect at least 100 points, and you’ll be eligible for a collectible Heritage Hide‘n’Seek geocoin!
Send your completed passport to: Parks Canada – GeoTour, 105 – 33 Court Street South, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 2W6
Interested in placing a cache in the park? Check out these sites to learn more.