What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a modern treasure hunt popular with people of all ages. Participants use their GPS (Global Positioning System) or the Geocaching® app on their phone to locate a hidden “cache”. Cache containers come in various shapes and sizes, but typically contain a logbook so geocachers can record their find.
How to participate
Bring a GPS when you visit Kejimkujik or download the Geocaching® app to your smartphone. Note that we are unable to loan out GPS’s in 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Purchase your Kejimkujik day pass at the entrance kiosk and ask for your free Kejimkujik Geocaching sticker.
Free wi-fi is available in the Visitor Centre parking lot, courtesy of the Friends of Keji Cooperating Association.
Please stay on the trails. No caches will be buried or off trail.
It is not permitted to place trade items of any kind in the boxes.
Geocaching with a GPS (more details)
- At the Visitor Centre, ask for a geocaching passport to get the cache coordinates and descriptions. You can also download your passport from the Association of Nova Scotia Geocaching and print it prior to your Kejimkujik visit.
- Choose the cache you’d like to find and enter the coordinates into your GPS.
- Navigate to the cache. Please stay on the trails.
- Once you’ve found the cache, use the punch to mark your passport.
- Sign the log book and replace the cache exactly where you found it.
Geocaching with the Geocaching® app (more details)
- Download the Geocaching® app to your smartphone. You will not need a geocaching passport as the cache coordinates and descriptions will be accessible within the Geocaching® app.
- Open the Geocaching® app, choose the map view, and zoom in on Kejimkujik.
- Click on the cache you’d like to find to see the description and helpful hints.
- Click on the Navigate button and follow the arrow to your destination. Please stay on the trails.
- Once you find the cache, sign the log book and replace the cache exactly where you found it.
- In the app, click on the “Log” button to record your find. You can also use this button to indicate if you were not able to find the cache, or if it needs maintenance.
- Simply click on the cache(s) you plan to find and tap the ellipsis at the top right of your screen (a circle with three small dots).
- Choose “Add to list” from the menu that pops up.
- The data for this cache will now be available to you off-line, allowing you to save data and access cache information should you lose cell phone reception while geocaching.
Visit the geocaching.com help centre for more information.
Geocaches at Kejimkujik
Parks Canada and the Association of Nova Scotia Geocaching are pleased to offer these geocaching series:
Alien Invaders! (launched in 2021)
This series introduces several invasive species threatening the health of Kejimkujik’s forests and waters.
It includes five caches: four in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site (inland) and one at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside.
Find all five caches to be eligible to purchase the trackable Alien Invaders patch from the Visitor Centre.
Explore Ukme’k! (launched in 2021)
This series of ten caches is hidden along Kejimkujik’s newest trail. Ukme’k, which means twisted in Mi’kmaq, is a 6.3 km trail that winds its way along the Mersey River.
Access Ukme’k from trailheads at the Visitor Centre, Flowing Waters, and Mersey River trail parking lots.
Find eight of ten caches to be eligible to purchase the trackable Explore Ukme’k patch from the Visitor Centre.
Keji Rocks! (launched in 2017)
Each of the three EarthCaches in this series showcases a different aspect of the area’s geologic history.
Rather than searching for a physical cache, you’ll be asked to answer a question about your surroundings to learn more about a geological feature or process.
Please note: At this time, your answers to the EarthCache questions can only be submitted online at geocaching.com or via the Geocaching® app. To view this series on the Geocaching® app, the premium version of the app is required.
Look Out! (launched in 2016)
With all three caches hidden at viewpoints in the front country, this series is a great introduction to geocaching.
Once you complete the series, ask at the Visitor Centre or entrance kiosk for your free wooden geocaching coin.
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.