What is 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.
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Geocaching at Kejimkujik
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and its partner, the Association of Nova Scotia Geocaching are pleased to offer three geocaching series:
Wetland Habitats Series (launched in 2013) - Kejimkujik's interconnected rivers, lakes and streams provide the finest canoeing in Atlantic Canada as well as support a rich ecosystem of wetland habitats. This series will visit several wet sites that provide a variety habitats for the fish of Kejimkujik.
Historic Waterways Series (launched in 2012) - built on Historic Waterways from Kejimkujik’s past. Visitors will paddle to five different sites within Kejimkujik that give insight how Mi'kmaw people travelled using the lakes, rivers and portages.
Family Foundations series (launched in 2011) - combines hiking, canoeing and biking to caches located in Kejimkujik’s backcountry. This challenging route explores Mi'kmaw culture, local farming traditions, old cabins, and logging history at Kejimkujik.
Under Starry Skies series (launched in 2010) - created in honour of Kejimkujik's designation as a Dark Sky Preserve in 2010. This series offers visitors a true challenge by hiking and canoeing into the less-visited areas of the park.
To participate, here's what you need to do:
• Click here to get to nsgeocaching.com. To print your Kejimkujik Geocaching Passport, click on "Parks Canada Downloads".
• Bring along a GPS device when you visit Kejimkujik.
• Purchase your park pass. Passports are also available at the Visitor Centre.
• Find each cache in the respective series in the park (please stay on the trails).
• Punch the passport with the tool provided in each cache.
• Bring your completed passport to the Visitor Centre to receive your geocoin or souvenir token.
For more information on geocaching, visit geocaching.com or opencaching.com.
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 Visitor Activity Guidelines