Geocaches hidden, prizes available

B.C. Parks celebrates centennial with hidden geocaches

  • Jul. 1, 2011 6:00 p.m.

B.C. residents on the hunt for some outdoor fun have 100 reasons to visit provincial parks this summer.

B.C. Parks and the Geocaching Association of B.C. have placed 100 geocaches in parks around B.C., with prizes for those who find them first. A geocache is a hidden container found with the help of Global Positioning System technology.

The search begins online, with geocaching websites providing coordinates that players can program into their GPS devices. Coordinates for the 100 geocaches are posted online at www.bcgeocaching.com/

Each cache contains a stash of stickers, pins and other collectables, along with three specially-designed B.C. Parks 100 coins.

According to the website geocaching.com, there are more than 1.4 million active geocaches in existence and approximately five million geocachers worldwide.

In B.C., the 100 geocaches program is the latest in a series of special events and activities taking place this summer as part of the B.C. Parks centennial celebration.