Geocaching Opportunities

Geocache Placement Application

Geocaching Guidelines

  • Any person wishing to place a geocache on NPCA lands must receive a letter of written approval from the NPCA prior to any placement
  • All written approvals will be valid for a period of 12 months from the date of approval, unless otherwise stated. Only geocaches with permits are allowed on NPCA lands for the time specified
  • The NPCA reserves the right to limit the number of geocache permits issued to any one person
  • The NPCA reserves the right to limit the number of geocaches in any one Conservation Area. The general guideline will be a limit of 3 caches will be permitted in any one Conservation Area at one time; and 7 at Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Chippawa Creek, and Long Beach Conservation Areas
  • Geocaches will not be permitted within sensitive ecological, historical, or archaeological locations
  • Geocaches are not to be placed in areas that could potentially cause danger to visitors trying to locate the geocache
  • All geocaches on NPCA lands must highlight an educational message regarding a factual/environmental/historical observation regarding the location
  • A “leave no trace” ethic must be followed. No digging, burying, cutting, or disruption of ground/rock or animal or animal habitat is permitted. This includes no placement of nails or screws in trees
  • All geocachers must also follow and use existing trail. Geocaches may only be hidden within 1 metres of the trail. Off-trail hiking is discouraged as it negatively impacts the environment
  • The geocache owner is to monitor the site monthly and maintain family friendly contents. Geocaches must not include any illegal or other dangerous material which can potentially affect plants, animals, the environment or individuals or attract any wildlife
  • Peanut butter jars are not permitted as geocache containers due to allergy concerns
  • No webcams are to be used, as this contravenes an individual’s right to privacy under the ‘Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act’
  • All geocachers must follow all Conservation Area rules and regulations including operation hours
  • If the location of a cache becomes a problem (i.e. risk to park visitors or causing ecological damage as a result of visitation, The Conservation Authority reserves the right to request the removal of any cache. In such cases the owner will be required to move the cache to an alternative location under a new letter of approval, or remove it
  • The geocache owner will remove all geocaches upon expiration of the permit. Any geocaches found without a permit will be removed by park staff
  • If any terms of the approval are violated, the permit will be voided and the owner requested to remove the cache