Geocaching is an online “X-marks the spot” pastime that uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) device.

It’s played all over the world and it’s a great way to explore the historic sites along the three routes in this passport.

The first geocache was hidden in 2000 and its coordinates shared online so enthusiasts equipped with GPS could search for it. The concept caught on quickly and is now popular with thousands of families around the globe.

What You Will Need
A GPS device, available at most stores that sell electronics or outdoor living equipment, like Canadian Tire (don’t forget extra batteries). Before you set out, find a geocache that meets your goals: are you looking for a difficult hike or an easy adventure? If you’re headed out on the trail, pack any needed supplies such as water, food and extra clothing. Bring both a map and a compass. Check geocache terrain and difficulty ratings. For safety, let someone know where you are going.

Geocaching Etiquette
Once you find a cache, you may take a memento—as long as you leave one of your own of equal or greater value behind. You can write a note about your experience in the geocache logbook and then head for the next stop. And you can out your geocaching stories and photos online.

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