Parks Canada

Parks Canada

September 28, 2007 14:55 ET

Geocaching at Parks Canada

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2007) - Do you need ideas for new activities during your next visit to a National Park, National Historic Site or National Marine Conservation Area? Parks Canada recommends geocaching. This activity combines hiking and treasure-hunting using a GPS (Global Positioning System), which is an electronic navigation system or a modern version of the compass. Geocaching is a game suited to anyone who enjoys combining nature and technology. The goal is to find caches.

Geocaching is welcomed in national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas managed by Parks Canada and has been practiced in many of these locations for a number of years. New guidelines have been developed that will encourage wide and meaningful participation in this activity.

These guidelines are available at http://www.pc.gc.ca/docs/pc/guide/geocache/index_e.asp or by emailing geocache@pc.gc.ca. For information on placing or seeking a cache at a particular Parks Canada national historic site, national park or national marine conservation area, geocachers can contact the location directly.

Parks Canada caches are located in publicly accessible areas and are accessible from trails and/or roads. Instead of containing trade items, caches contain messages that reveal interesting often unknown aspects of the area where they are located. Parks Canada aims to encourage geocachers to share their enthusiasm for a particular park, site or marine conservation area by recounting a tale, a personal experience, knowledge or an anecdote for other participants to find.

Parks Canada invites you to hide or seek caches individually or as a group with your family and friends at one of our national historic sites, national parks or national marine conservation areas. A member of the Parks Canada team will guide participants wishing to place a cache in the selection of the location, the container to be used and the content and will affix our official seal to the approved cache.

Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's cultural and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Ed Jager
    Manager, Visitor Experience Products and Services
    819-994-2600