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MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010

Geocaching in British Columbia

Want to participate in a treasure hunt which is played by over a million people in over one hundred countries? Known as Geocaching, people use Global Positioning Systems (or GPS enabled phones) to track down the locations of hidden boxes (geocaches) which contain a logbook and trinkets to take and trade. There will be beginners workshops offered in several Lower Mainland locations - so sign up and check out this interesting sport unlike any other!

Geocaching uses GPS devices to play a high tech game of hide-and-seek to find hidden geocaches filled with log books and tiny treasures to trade.An official geocache has this lable on the box which is usually a waterproof container.Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played by people around the world using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or cell phones with GPS capability. The idea of geocaching (considered a high-tech game of hide-and-seek) is to find a geocache (also called a cache) which is a hidden container usually encompassing a log book and sometimes items that people Geocoins such as this British Columbia collection can be collected annually from different chapters of the Geocaching Association.can trade such as pins or small toys. Played in over 100 countries with caches on seven continents (including Antarctica!) this sport has attracted over a million followers!

Geocaching is growing in interest along Canada's West Coast. The British Columbia Geocaching Association (BCGA) - a chapter of the global Geocaching club - has grown in popularity and in the coming weeks several introductory workshops will be taking place in the Lower Mainland! Check out one of these three events or ones being held by the BCGA to try out this exciting sport!

VANCOUVER
> GEOCACHING 101: VANCOUVER POLICE MUSEUM | Date: April 18, 2010 | Time: 1:00pm - 400pm | Cost: $12 (registration required) | The Vancouver Police Museum will co-host a Geocaching 101 workshop at Queen Elizabeth Park to teach some of the basics of geocaching, show different types of caches, and explaining geocaching traditions and etiquette. A mini-rally will be held at the end of the course to test out your new skills! **Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a GPS unit / 3G Phone (if you have one)** | Website
> INTRODUCTION TO GEOCACHING: PACIFIC SPIRIT REGIONAL PARK | Date: May 8, 2010 | Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm | Cost: Free (registration required; call 604-432-6359) | Learn the basics of geocaching at Pacific Spirit Regional Park - a sport which is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. GPS provided.

NORTH VANCOUVER
> INTRODUCTION TO GEOCACHING: CAPILANO RIVER REGIONAL PARK | Date: June 5, 2010 | Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm | Cost: Free (registration required; call 604-432-6359) | Learn the basics of geocaching at Capilano River Regional Park - a sport which is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. GPS provided.






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