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Geocaching

Geocaching is the recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website.

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History
Because geocaching relies on accurate GPS, it’s only been around since May of 2000, when the accuracy of GPS improved enough to be able to place and locate small containers. Since that time it has grown in popularity around the world as no adventurer can resist a good treasure hunt.

Where
Geocaching takes place outdoors all over the world.

How to play
A ‘player’ has to register with geocaching.com to get started. Then the player can visit the hide-and-seek page, enter their location and be given a series of GPS coordinates for the caches in their area. For more information visit Parks Canada.

Suggested equipment
- Computer or mobile device
- Comfortable or hiking shoes

Adaptations
Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.

Sensory

Participants who are blind or visually impaired may be better able to participate with the support of a guide to help them navigate parks or city streets in order to pursue geocaches.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

Geocaching can be fun for all. Have verbal and written instructions. Head out on your search in pairs.
Reduce distractions and have fun.

Mobility Limitation

Participants with mobility limitations may need to seek out geocaches which are in accessible locations not involving rough terrain, stairs, or narrow entrances or exits. Head out on your search in pairs. Be creative.

Benefits of Geocaching

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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