The Adventure Begins!

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world.

A typical geocache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure" usually toys or trinket of little value. When you find a cache you remove a trinket and leave a trinket, write a message to other geocachers and then put the cache back. When you get home can go online to and register your find. You may even find a travel bug or coin!

Today, well over 650,000 geocaches are registered on the host website www.geocaching .com. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries and all seven continents, including Antarctica.

Geocaching is a low cost family sport and can turn a normal hike into a treasure hunt. For how to get started in this sport visit geocaching .com.

Attention Geocachers: Check Before Placing A Geocache Box In A Conservation Area.

GPS UnitGPS Loan Program

Central Lake Ontario Conservation, through Durham Lives, has a limited supply of GPS units available for the public to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.

GPS units are available at the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Administrative office during business hours. Persons wishing to sign out a GPS unit will need to supply a phone number from a Durham Region residence and a valid VISA credit card number with matching photo identification. A deposit will be taken on the credit card until the unit is returned. GPS units may be borrowed for a period of 5 days.

Durham Lives Geocaching Demonstration Brochure (1.5mb PDF)

Durham Lives Summer Newsletter - Geocaching 101 (530kb PDF)

Attention Geocachers!
Due to the large number of geocaches being placed in the Conservation Areas, Central Lake Ontario Conservation will be posting maps online showing areas where geocaching is allowed. This will help to protect environmentally sensitive areas.

To date, if you wish to place a geocache in the Conservation Areas please use the rule that they can be placed (up to 1 metre) on either side of a CLOCA designated trail.

Any geocaches found not following this general rule will be removed and the owner notifed.

Thank you for your cooperation and remember Cache In - Trash Out.

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