Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour

THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   July 7, 2013  --- Geocaching is a fun and rewarding outdoor adventure that Thunder Bay Pagodacombines hiking and treasure hunting. The goal is to find hidden containers known as geocaches using a Global Positioning System (GPS) device or GPS-enabled mobile phone. Geocaching is a great family activity that provides excitement, exercise, and fresh air.

A GeoTour is a series of related geocaches along a route or in a region that tell a story. The Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour isn’t your typical history lesson. Get ready to explore Northern Ontario and discover how it’s people, places and events shaped the Canada we know today. Find the caches, answer the questions, collect at least 100 points, and you’ll be eligible for a collectible Heritage Hide‘n’Seek geocoin.

  Parks Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the Heritage Hide’n'Seek GeoTour, a great new geocaching activity to entertain and teach families about Canada’s history as they travel across northern Ontario.

Set up as a game, the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour guides adventurers to locations to learn about fascinating people, places and events that helped shape Canada—each cache teaches about one of Canada’s national historic designations.

Using a GPS or GPS-enabled smartphone, participants can take either Highway 11 or 17 to locate as many as 16 geocaches. Each cache is assigned a point value depending on the level of difficulty involved in locating it. Anyone who collects 100+ points by finding several of the caches is eligible to receive a cool collectible coin from Parks Canada.

 “Even if you’ve done the drive a number of times, you’re sure to discover places that you never knew existed. Plan your stops around geocache locations while experiencing some of Ontario’s most stunning settings!” says Nancy Saunders, Public Relations and Communications Officer with Parks Canada in Northern Ontario.

The Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour is the only geotour in Ontario, and the second in the country.

Best described as a high-tech treasure hunt, geocaching is practiced worldwide by over 5 million people. Geocaching is a popular activity with all kinds of people from young families to retired couples. It’s the perfect way to add some excitement to gas, coffee and bathroom breaks!

Do you love adventure and the outdoors? Ever heard of geocaching? Parks Canada has just launched its Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour. We’ll have you and your family searching for heritage treasures across Northern Ontario.

Best described as a high-tech treasure hunt, geocaching participants use GPS-enabled devices, such as smartphones, to navigate to a set of coordinates to locate a hidden container, known as a cache. Geocaching is practiced worldwide by over 5 million people, everyone from young families to retired couples. There are more than 2 million geocaches registered online.

Not your typical history lesson, the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour guides adventurers to locations throughout Northern Ontario to learn about fascinating people, places and events that helped shape our beautiful nation.

The Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour is set up as a game where each cache is assigned a point value depending on the amount of effort required to find it. Locations range from urban, in downtown Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, to remote, requiring a train journey and boat trip to reach scenic Moose Factory Island. Anyone who collects 100+ points, as a result of finding several of the caches, is eligible to receive a collectible coin from Parks Canada.

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