Have you ever heard of geocaching?
Geocaching is like a real-life treasure hunt, where you go around town to find hidden containers. Geocaching comes from the name of the hidden treasure called caches or geocaches by using a GPS receiver – and now made more accessible by using your smart phone! The caches are placed outdoors, and the coordinates are marked and shared on the internet so other geocachers can find them. If you want to take a crack at geocaching, you can find the clues and the GPS coordinates online or on one of the Geocaching apps and take a go at finding the cache for yourself!
There are multiple types of geocaches that you can find:
- Physical ones with a logbook, pencil, and items you can trade with.
- Earth caches that bring you to a unique or special feature that is natural to the area.
Geocaching does have some specific rules that must be followed to be sure to check with local guidelines! You can read some of the rules to follow here:
- Obtain permission before placing or searching for a geocache on private property.
- Leave the geocache exactly as you found it.
- If you take something from the geocache, leave something of equal or greater value in its place.
- Record your find in the geocache logbook and online at the geocaching website or app.
- Practice good stewardship of the environment and respect the rules of the area where you are geocaching.
- Use common sense and caution when geocaching, and be aware of your surroundings.
- Follow all laws and regulations when geocaching.
Geocaching is a great way to stay active and log your walking minutes! Geocaching is primarily done in summer, but you can try and make some physical geocaches with your favourite views in your home community!
There are 358 active geocaches in NWT and 215 in Yellowknife, so that should keep you busy and walking for the walking challenge.