ShoreLINES: Heritage Notes from Parks Canada's Special Protected Places in PEI
Geocaching – a modern treasure hunt!
PEI National Park has a variety of options for those wishing to embark on a geocaching adventure!
During PEI National Park’s 75th summer, visitors will have their choice of geocaching adventure! Geocaching is similar to an outdoor treasure hunt. The goal is to find hidden containers known as caches or geocaches using a portable satellite navigation device called a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. These geocaching programs provide visitors with the opportunity to explore and discover the natural and cultural heritage protected in the park like never before!
There are three programs to choose from: the GeoFreakZ Geotrails program, the Heritage Quest and the Cyclocache.
The entire family will enjoy an introduction to geocaching with the GeoFreakZ Geotrails program. There are four geocaches to be found that are hidden within walking distance of Green Gables Heritage Place. To participate, stop at the Visitor Reception Centre at Green Gables Heritage Place to borrow your free GPS and to obtain a passport for recording information on all the caches you will find. Then, turn on your GPS and begin navigating. Your quest for the geocaches has begun!
Once all four geocaches have been found, participants will receive a GeoFreakZ VIP card, redeemable for bonus points in the GeoFreakZ online game! Send in a picture of your GeoFreakZ adventure to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win one of four Magellan Explorist GC GPS units up for grabs.
As seen in the CCI Entertainment Ltd. animated series, the “GeoFreakZ” are a comedic team of teenagers who are working their way through training at the GeoFreakZ Academy where they embark on geocaching adventures in order to save the planet. You can now join the GeoFreakZ quest through this new geocaching adventure.
Do you have a sense of adventure and an interest in the stories of PEI National Park? If so, let the compass guide you as you discover PEI National Park and embark on the “GPS Heritage Quest” or the “Cyclocache.” Visitors will have the opportunity to navigate through PEI National Park and surrounding areas while travelling by bicycle or by car to uncover hidden clues. Where you’re going and where you will end up is a mystery to be solved using the GPS coordinates provided. In addition, you need to find answers to clues that will solve the crossword puzzle you have been given. You will learn about the Marco Polo, discover a pioneer cemetery, and visit the landmark Covehead Lighthouse. Upon completion of the program, visitors will be awarded a Parks Canada GeoCoin.
The GPS Heritage Quest program is completed by vehicle and is available in both the Brackley and Cavendish areas of PEI National Park. Each section takes approximately two hours to complete.
The Cyclocache program is completed by bicycle and departs from Dalvay-by-the Sea National Historic Site in PEI National Park. Visitors have the option of participating in 1.5, 3 or 5-hour self-guided programs that loop Dalvay, Stanhope and Brackley.
Bike rentals are available at Dalvay-by-the-Sea for $9 an hour, $18 per half-day and $26 per day.
GPS rentals are available at both Dalvay-by-the-Sea and the Cavendish Destination Center and cost between $15.00 and $21.00 to rent. Please note that a monetary deposit is required to rent GPS units.
In addition, Parks Canada has released four traditional geocaches in Prince Edward Island National Park. These caches are publically listed on geocaching.com. Search “PEINP user” to access their coordinates. New and experienced cachers are invited to take part in this challenging activity that is fun for the entire family.
In 2012, Prince Edward Island National Park is commemorating its 75th anniversary by providing new and exciting ways for Canadians to connect with their natural and cultural heritage. Explore! Discover! Imagine!