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Geocaching

A GPS device
Geocaching is a fun outdoor adventure that combines hiking and treasure hunting © Parks Canada

Try the Waterton Geocaching Challenge!

Use your GPS to uncover a series of caches hidden in Waterton Lakes National Park and join the 21st century scavenger hunt. 

Your mission? Find 4 caches to earn a Waterton Natural History Association (WNHA) bracelet and 7 caches for a WNHA / Parks Canada collectible coin.

Download the booklet here (PDF, 148 KB) to get started or, if you have your own GPS unit, download the caches at www.geocaching.com

No GPS? No problem: borrow one for free from the Heritage Centre on Waterton Avenue or download the geocaching app for your smartphone from your app store.

Want to find out more about geocaching? Take the free geocaching 101 course, offered at 1 p.m. at the Heritage Centre on Waterton Avenue, Wednesdays and Saturdays from June 29 to August 27, 2016.

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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.

Looking for even more adventure? Tackle the Whitebark Pine Geocaching Challenge and put your geo-skills to the test across as many as six national parks in the Canadian Rockies.

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.

Who geocaches?

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 your 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.