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In Ontario, deep in the Haliburton Highlands in the Municipality of Highlands East and at the South Gate of Algonquin Park a string of seven hamlets make up the Geocaching Capital of Canada:

IrondaleGooderhamTory HillWilberforceHarcourtHighland Grove and Cardiff.  

They welcome you to explore the natural beauty of the area and enjoy treasure hunting at its best!

Bring your GPS and stay a while.

 

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Welcome


In Ontario, deep in the Haliburton Highlands in the Municipality of Highlands East and at the South Gate of Algonquin Park a string of seven hamlets make up the Geocaching Capital of Canada:

IrondaleGooderhamTory HillWilberforceHarcourtHighland Grove and Cardiff.  

They welcome you to explore the natural beauty of the area and enjoy treasure hunting at its best!

Bring your GPS and stay a while.

 

Click to enlarge this map of the Geocaching Capital of Canada.

Click below to find a cache in the Geocaching Capital of Canada or learn more.

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All about Geocaching and the Geocaching Capital of Canada

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All about Geocaching and the Geocaching Capital of Canada

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching (pronounced Geo-cashing) is a wholesome family-oriented outdoor game.  It is often referred to as “treasure hunting with a high tech twist” because to play the game one uses the geocaching.com website and a GPS device like a dedicated handheld receiver or smartphone.

Any Geocacher that is so inclined can hide caches (a small container holding a logbook and assorted trinkets) and share the locations of these caches on geocaching.com. The adventure begins when fellow Geocachers take these posted coordinates, enter them into their GPS and set off to find the hidden treasure. 

Once found, players log their visit in the notebook provided and exchange items.  It's these items that turn the cache into a true treasure hunt. You never know what a previous Geocacher may have left there for the next Geocacher to enjoy.  Back home, the Geocachers log their adventure on geocaching.com, which keeps track of all their finds.

Anybody can geocache which is evident by the growing number of people who are.  There are over 6 million Geocachers and over 2 million hidden caches around the world. From infants to octogenarians, players find parts of the game that appeal to them.  For the gadget hounds it's the electronics; puzzle fans are excited by the mental challenges; outdoor enthusiasts love the hiking; parents welcome the opportunity to get kids away from the video games and get the family outside. 

Caches are listed with difficulty ratings.  While some caches are only a short walk, others may involve a days of hiking, paddling, rock climbing or scuba diving. Some caches are straightforward: find it and log in. While others require solving difficult riddles and puzzles before the cache is revealed or unlocked.

There are very few rules to geocaching, but there are many expectations of Geocachers.  They must strive to live harmoniously with the environment they are visiting; stick to existing trails and strive for low impact.  Geocachers practice "Cache in, Trash out." 

For more details on how to play the game visit geocaching.com/guide/

About the Geocaching Capital of Canada

The Geocaching Capital of Canada is comprised of a string of seven hamlets:  Irondale, Gooderham, Tory Hill, Wilberforce, Harcourt, Highland Grove and Cardiff.  

Most are located within the Municipality of Highlands East (Harcourt being the exception) and all are nestled on the eastern side of the Haliburton Highlands, on the edge of the rugged Canadian Shield. 

This is prime Geocaching Country, a geocacher's paradise offering creative caches hidden in and around magnificent forests and pristine lakes where you can enjoy leisurely and muggle-free geocaching on foot, by bicycle, on horseback, ATV or snowmobile, or by simply driving the scenic back roads.

Just three hours north of Toronto, west of Ottawa and south of North Bay, and just minutes from Algonquin Provincial Park and Silent Lake Provincial Park, the Geocaching Capital of Canada is within easy reach.

Come for the weekend or stay for a week’s vacation. Friendly folk offer fine accommodations ranging from campsites to resorts and B&Bs. 

We look forward to your visit.  Happy Geocaching.

 

GPS Rentals Available

Want to try geocaching but don’t own a GPS? Did you leave your GPS on the kitchen counter or the roof of your car?

If so, then this is your lucky day (unless you did actually drive off with your GPS atop your car) because GPS Rentals are available for just $5 per day at the Cache Stash at Agnews General Store in Wilberforce.