Updated: Jan 6, 2021
No hibernating for us!
As cold weather sets in and the pandemic continues, our household has turned to one of our favourite hobbies to get outside, stretch, enjoy some fresh air and keep our sanity! If you haven’t heard of geocaching, I highly recommend you give it a try!
Geocaching is an international outdoor treasure hunt using GPS enabled devices and began twenty years ago. Simply put, participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (often a container) hidden at that particular location.
Geocaching is for everyone!
Geocaching is a kid and canine-friendly activity. In the past, we have invited friends and their children to accompany us on a geocaching adventure to teach them about various lessons, including; mapping and coordinates, geology, environmental awareness and problem-solving using math and literature to decode geocache hints and locations.
There are many different types and sizes of geocaches. Geocaching enthusiasts have been known to theme their caches; examples include sports, history, travel, and memorials. Various organizations also create their caches to create awareness around a specific subject.
Scott and I started geocaching almost a decade ago, and the accessibility to pursue this hobby has dramatically improved. We started with an individual GPS unit where we would upload or manually enter the coordinates. These days there’s an official app! Visit www.geocaching.com, it's free to join and use the app, however, there are premium upgrades available.
Oh the places you will go…
We have incorporated geocaching into our travels! Pictured (GPS and victory photo) is our big adventure up Ben Nevis, located in Scotland, the UK’s highest mountain! This geocache find was Scott’s favourite geocache find to date. Collectively we have geocached in Scotland, Iceland, Belize, and varying places throughout Ontario. On my solo travels, I have found geocaches in Ireland, Italy, and parts of the USA.
Still not sure if you want to start geocaching? Make sure to check out the official Geocaching Facebook page or check out other geocaching finds on Instagram using #geocaching. You’ll discover a fantastic community of explorers, creative caches and unique locations that will inspire future travels. We hope to see you geocaching this winter!