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, others might require you to puzzle out an answer to get to the log book.
Of the 3+ 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 and along the Indian River near Keene. 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 trails along portions of the Trans Canada Trail in our region that are bursting with caches! Walk or cycle these trails and find numerous caches in quick succession.
Canada 150+ Geocaching Adventure
Starting May 20th, you can begin hunting for 23 new caches set out to celebrate the rich history of the region and… there’s a prize! Download our Travel Diary, find at least one cache in each community, and use the stamp inside it to prove you were there. You can create a rubbing with the crayons or pencil provided or you can bring your own stamp pad or marker.
Each community (8 Townships, 2 First Nations, and the City of Peterborough) will have matching stamps within their caches. You only need to find one per community, or 11 unique stamps in total, to complete your Travel Diary and collect your limited edition Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (PKT) trackable geocoin. Stop into the PKT Visitors’ Centre at 270 George Street North, 1st Floor (corner of George & King Streets) during business hours to collect your coin.
Limit one geocoin per active geocaching.com account.
Find all 23 geocaches on geocaching.com starting early on Saturday May 20th:
Click here for an overview map of Peterborough County to see all the incredible areas you’ll explore to complete your Travel Diary throughout Peterborough County.
Click here for a Bookmark List to download the caches to your GPS unit or create a pocket query.
City of Peterborough:
Henry Calcutt Brewery (GC74A70)
The Victoria Museum in “Inverlea” (GC74A76)
Curve Lake First Nation:
Historic Curve Lake Village (GC72PWP)
Hiawatha First Nation:
Old Railroad Stop (GC72PX1)
Hiawatha Church (GC72PXA)
Township of Asphodel-Norwood:
Sucker Hunt at Welbeck (GC72VFW)
Richard Birdsall (GC74A7Q)
Township of Cavan Monaghan:
John Deyell (GC74A7V)
Cavan Blazers & Paddy Maguire (GC74A7Y)
Township of Douro-Dummer:
Balm for her Wounded Heart (GC72VG3)
Sedgwick Lime Kiln Park (GC72VGA)
Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen:
Nepheline Syenite – A Global Lustre (GC72WDJ)
Havelock Public School (GC75D68)
Township of North Kawartha:
The Brush Factory (GC72WDT)
Sam Edgar Crypt (GC72VGJ)
Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan:
Nelson Brawl at the Keene Hotel (GC72VGQ)
Lang Grist Mill (GC75D6H)
Township of Selwyn:
Catharine Parr Traill (GC72VGW)
The Pope Stallion (GC72WDZ)
Municipality of Trent Lakes:
Adam & Eve Rock (GC75D5Q)
Going to School on the Oregon Trail (GC74A8B)
Download your Canada 150+ Geocaching Travel Diary (PDF) to get started today!