Geocaching in Parry Sound

 

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

The rules of geocaching are fairly simple:

  • If you take something from the geocache (or "cache"), leave something of equal or greater value.
  • Write about your find in the cache logbook.
  • Log your experience on-line

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Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse - they may be at a local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.  Besides these typical locations, Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron has created a Geocache Program on islands in the Parry Sound area.

Geocaching.com shows 265 geocaches coming up within range of 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast. From Killbear Provincial Park to out on Georgian Bay's Hole in the Wall...with themes related to Bobby Orr to Pink Poofy Pies and names like Ode to a $450 Rock to Where Bears Dare, there is something for everyone! Each cache listing has the date it was hidden; who hid it; how difficult it is to find; and the approximate size of the cache you are seeking. Some provide additional tips or information about the topic or theme.

Some geocaches have "trackables" - coins, travel bugs or promotional items. Travel bugs are actually a trackable tag that you attach to an item.

The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online.

Each Travel Bug has its own unique tracking number stamped on it. This tracking number is used to prove that one found the item and allows finders to locate the personal web page for the travel bug.

Geocaching can be a fantastic way to find out more about any location you're visiting - and it will definitely provide you with a unique look at some

Check out some of the unusual locations in the Parry Sound area!  If geocaching isn’t your idea of a good time, why not download the Parry Sound Travel Guide to find out all the other wonderful things there are to see and do in the area.