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North Dundas puts Canada 150 on the Map

You can’t see it, but the Canada 150 logo is firmly planted on North Dundas. The catch is that it can only be seen on the geocaching website Geocaching.com.

South Mountain resident, Ron Porteous, has created a “Geo-Art” project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation. You can see the well-known Canada 150 logo on the geocaching website when you look at the map between Winchester and Hallville. Each of the 150 dots in the image represents a container hidden somewhere in the area.

Geocaching is a modern high-tech treasure hunt that uses GPS receivers to find hidden “treasure” all over the world. Geocachers use a handheld GPS or a smartphone to find containers using the coordinates that are found on the website.

Because it would be impossible to hide geocache containers in the exact pattern of the Canada 150 logo without placing the containers on private property, each geocache listing page contains a multiple choice question about Canadian trivia or history. The correct answer gives the actual hiding spot of the geocache container. The geocaches are hidden along roadsides and trails in the area where the leaf logo appears.

This project has created a lot of excitement for geocachers all over Ontario and beyond and many are planning trips to come and find all the caches in this series. The large number of geocaches means that searchers will be in the area for at least a day and will be spending money in the area. So if you see people stopping along roads near you, stop and say “Hi”, and don’t worry, they’re just using billions of dollars of government satellites to find hidden Tupperware.

If you are interested in trying out geocaching you can visit www.geocaching.com and watch the video “What is geocaching” to learn more.

Information submitted by Ron Porteous

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