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scruffster



Joined: Sep 29, 2004
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Location: Burnaby

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:07 pm    Post subject: Parks Canada and Geocaching. Reply with quote

You may have heard that Parks Canada has sent out a memo regarding their future policy on geocaching in National Parks. While geocaching is banned in the USA's national parks, it is refreshing to see that Parks Canada didn't take the easy way out and follow suit. The news is encouraging. If geocaching is allowed in what Canada believes to be its most sacred places, it would be hard for BC Parks to ban geocaching in regional parks.

There are restrictions that go with the deal. There was give and take on both sides. The final draft isn't complete but this is what the future of geocaching in national parks may look like...

-“Real or physical” caches will now be allowed.
-Caches must be accessible from the path (they cannot be buried). This means that participants will have to stay on
the path (both to look for and to set up a cache).
-A cache can also be placed or found in an area accessible to the public (e.g., picnic area).
-The container must be approved by a staff member.
-The cache should contain: a logbook and pencil so that participants can record the time of their discovery. In addition, we want the cache to contain a message with trivia or a story relating to the location.

-We ask that no objects be placed in the caches for exchange to uphold as much as possible the principle of leaving no trace of visit behind. Other ways for geocachers to exchange objects will be proposed.

-Staff is responsible for identifying the number and proximity of caches that may be located on their site, in the park or in the marine area.

In a perfect geocaching world, it would be nice to have no restrictions but this is still very much a victory for geocaching in Canada.

What do you think?
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Team K1W1



Joined: Feb 16, 2005
Posts: 54
Location: New Westminster

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:45 am    Post subject: Re: Parks Canada and Geocaching. Reply with quote

It is a victory in that it's better than geocaches being banned.
However it comes down to them wanting control over the park and why and how it's visited.
If I were taking some kids geocaching I probably wouldn't take them to a "Parks Canada" park, but rather a local city park as lets face it, for kids it's not just the find it's the swag.

Steve
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V-I-cacher



Joined: Nov 18, 2004
Posts: 56
Location: Vancouver & Island

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:58 am    Post subject: Re: Parks Canada and Geocaching. Reply with quote

what I was wondering:
- How do Travel-Items (TB, Coins, Jeeps, O-Rings) fit into this draft? They are swag, so they are not allowed? They are part of geocaching and many of which may even have goals to visit as many Parks as possible!
Maybe one could go even a step further and interest them in a Park-Specific Icon... just like the Jeeps and the O-Rings, they could have little Plastic Trees with dog-tags and they would be only distributed thru Parks-Staff to the Park-Caches! So one would need to visit the Parks to pick one up...

- Looking forward to see what they come up with as trade-items...
...there could be a short-list of items, that have little or no environmental impact, even in the absurd case of the cache getting blown to bits in another storm Shocked Wink e.g. wooden toys Question Exclamation Question
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scruffster



Joined: Sep 29, 2004
Posts: 1207
Location: Burnaby

PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:37 am    Post subject: Re: Parks Canada and Geocaching. Reply with quote

Parks Canada didn't say what they propose for alternative ways to exchange swag. It is my hope that they'll loosen up the restrictions a bit to allow coins and possibly travel bugs.

It could be a lot worse. Geocachers in other parts of North America aren't having a great time dealing with Park Boards.
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Icenrye



Joined: May 02, 2004
Posts: 24
Location: 54N 122w

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Parks Canada and Geocaching. Reply with quote

Ah yes. Parks Canada.
Their policy was covered in episode 14 of the videozine. the draft policy is located here: http://canadageocaching.com/pc/index.html
As for trading items, they are not allowed, however trackable items are. What will happen it the item is left at the park office and a note will be placed in the cache. When someone finds a note, they then take it to the office to exchange for the item.
From their website:
Trade items and 'reward' items may be found at designated locations upon presentation of a proof of the find, such as a code word, rubbing or stamp from the cache location (if such an arrangement is made, include the hours that the visitor centre/staffed location is open in the cache website posting, to avoid disappointing other cachers)

Scruff. Your'e right. It could be a lot worse. Check out this policy on geocaching.

Cache On!
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