You’ve just bought a waterfront cottage in the Parry Sound region and you’re looking for something to entertain the kids. Ever tried Geocaching? Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt played with a GPS. Caches are often in interesting spots that you may not have otherwise visited the majority in the area are pet and family friendly. This is a great way to get out and explore the Parry Sound - Muskoka area.
There are several caches located right in the Village of Magnetawan!
Remember to take note of the terrain warning before attempting to find a cache. For example, along Highway 141 there is a series of 100 caches, many of which are found on difficult terrain or will need special equipment to find. Difficult terrain caches should be avoided if you are new to caching or bringing children.
If you are new to Geocaching, here is a list of the things you will need:
1. GPS and/or Geocaching App. The iPhone / Android app for geocaching is extremely useful for paperless geocaching. You are able to save caches to offline lists of caches, log your finds or look up more in the area without using piles of printer paper.
2. Pen / Pencil. Many caches are too small to hold a writing utensil. You're going to want to bring your own and a backup, just in case.
3. Flashlight. A penlight works wonders for small spaces but a larger flashlight will come in handy too!
4. Tweezers. Sometimes logbooks are very, very tiny or the cache is in a difficult to reach place. A pair of tweezers is worth its weight in gold!
5. Swag. Tradables or Swag is what we call the small prize items you might find in a cache. These ones are really popular with kids! My favourites are Lego figures, coins and interesting pins. You might find DVDs, cheap jewelry, fishing lures, toys and even money! A good rule of thumb is to only leave items that you would like to find.
Extra Items You May Need:
- Water and Food. For longer geocaching trips around the area, you will want to bring something to eat and drink. Remember to pack your lunch in reusable containers to reduce waste along the way.
- Bug Repellent or Mosquito Jacket. If you are geocaching in the spring this is a must. The mosquitoes and blackflies tend to be vicious.
- Rubber Boots. Trust us.
- Garbage Bags. Cache in, trash out! Caches near roads often have garbage around them. Bring a garbage bag with you on your adventure to collect the garbage and help keep the area clean.
- (Maybe) Extra small ziplock bags and Backup Logs. Many logs are in plastic bags to prevent them from getting wet. When you come across a broken ziplock bag, you can replace it with one of your own to keep the cache in good condition for future geocachers. If a log is too wet to sign or full, extra logs are helpful to carry.
If you have a home or cottage in the Parry Sound Muskoka area or are just visiting for the weekend, geo caching can be great fun and add some adventure to your vacation. Give it a try!