Catch the Caching Fever.

Armed only with a GPS device and an adventurous spirit, geocachers are modern-day treasure hunters. Their quest is to navigate a specific set of GPS co-ordinates and try to locate a geocache—or treasure—in a waterproof container hidden at that location. The cache isn’t something valuable. Rather, it contains a log book and perhaps some small toys or knick-knacks. Sign the log and help yourself to a trinket and replace it with one you brought along to be left behind for the next geocacher. Indeed, the treasure is not the reward. The fun is in the search.

The secret to geocaching is that it gets you outdoors. The degree of difficulty lies in the distance you need to travel and difficulty of the terrain. Some are simple to find; others are a more rigorous test of your orienteering skills.

Of the 2 million geocaches to be found worldwide, thousands are hidden somewhere in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

A few are close at hand—in fact, right under your nose. There are four geocaches at the lift lock in Peterborough. But lots have been placed in remote areas: on the rail trail east of the city; along the Indian River near Keene; on a rugged path deep in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. There’s another somewhere close to the Hope Mill at Lang Pioneer Village. Of course, we can’t give you any more information—that would spoil the game.

As if you needed another excuse to explore Peterborough & the Kawarthas, geocaching is a great way to get to see our spectacular scenery in a unique way. The Geocaching App makes it easy to search while you’re already out and about exploring the many amazing areas in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. All you have to do is open up the app, and see how far away you are to the closest one. With hundreds in the area there may be one right under your nose without you even knowing it while you’re exploring the great outdoors.

There are several power trails along portions of the Trans Canada Trail in our region, walk or cycle the trail and fine numerous caches in quick succession.

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