The Ontario Geocaching Association recently worked with Parks Canada to host a special event at the Trent-Severn Waterway. Below is an official release from Parks Canada.
On July 16, 2011, the Trent-Severn Waterway and the Ontario Geocaching Association celebrated ParksDay with the launch of the Great Tug Trent Geocaching Adventure. Geocachers from across Ontariogathered at the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre to participate in this exciting new initiative.
Geocaching is a modern day “treasure hunt” – a new sport that is growing in popularity with people ofall ages. Given latitudinal and longitudinal co-ordinates, participants use their GPS (Global PositioningSystem) unit to locate the hidden “cache” – a small box with a logbook to record their visit.
To participate in the Great Tug Trent Geocaching Adventure, cachers download a passport fromGeocaching.com or pick one up at the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre. They must then searchfor six hidden caches, where they can learn more about some of the unique features of the Waterwayand punch their passport. Once they finish the challenge, they bring their completed passport to thePeterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre in order to earn a beautiful Special Edition Tug Trent Geocoin.
About 300 visitors participated in Parks Day activities. Experienced geocachers were eager to beginas soon as they received their passport with the coordinates. Those new to the activity were treatedto geocaching lessons. Kids and visitors who did not have a GPS-enabled device enjoyed takingpart in an ‘old-fashioned’ scavenger hunt. Visitors also enjoyed a camping demo and a tour of theWaterway’s iconic Tug Trent, moored below the Lift Lock in honour of the event. Musical entertainmentwas provided by Freshwater Trade, a local folk band. Parka, Parks Canada’s new mascot, made anappearance to try her paw at Geocaching!
Geocachers who missed out on the event are invited to drop by the Peterborough Lift Lock VisitorCentre and to take part in the Great Tug Trent Geocaching Adventure. While they will not be ableto claim a geocaching FTF (First to Find) or a DOCR (Day of Cache Release), those who complete thechallenge can still earn their own Tug Trent Geocoin (while supplies last).
The feedback from those who took part in Great Tug Trent Geocaching Adventure has been extremelypositive. This was the result of successful collaboration between Parks Canada and the OntarioGeocaching Association. Parks Canada is committed to creating lasting and memorable visitorexperiences, just like Geocaching at the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Parks Canada is celebrating its 100th birthday as the world’s first national parks service. During the 2011summer season many activities are planned throughout the Trent-Severn Waterway region to celebrateParks Canada’s Centennial. For more information please visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/trent, as well as www.discoverplaystay.ca and follow us on twitter @TrentSevernNHS