[kag] Re: Public meeting in Harrowsmith next month
- From: "Lloyd Baker" <binrat@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <kag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 09:15:54 -0500
It should read as the Eastern Ontario Geocaching Project.
The Canadian Ecology Centre under the banner of The Northern Ontario GPS
Treasure Hunt has started to expand their successful project our way.
When you find a cache they have placed you will find a code word under the
lid. You then go to the Geocaching Ontario website and log your find and
this constitutes as "one ballot" in a draw for some great prizes. If I
recall 2 years ago a Geocaching couple from Toronto won a $3,000 Kevlar
By the sounds of it, they are getting various local groups to place the
caches for them and promote their areas. I know for a fact my area will
have some out soon.
Here is a link for caches already out in the Bancroft area,
All the info you will need should be in the Geocaching Ontario website.
See my local groups story below my signature.
GPS treasure hunting is a new concept finding its way to Eastern Ontario
Public information meeting to be held later this month
By Tim Ruhnke, Journal Editor
GRENVILLE COUNTY A new regional tourism initiative will be outlined at a
public meeting to be held later this month.
Geocaching, or GPS treasure hunting, is a new concept which combines
technology with sightseeing. Using a global positioning system (GPS) unit,
tourists and local residents can locate caches containing natural and
cultural heritage stories and information promoting attractions in the
surrounding area. The caches will also have codes with which visitors can
log onto a Web site and become eligible for cash and other prizes.
The regional project was initiated by the Renfrew County Community Futures
Development Corporation and is receiving a grant from the Eastern Ontario
Development Fund (EODF). Closer to home, the local partners are the
Grenville Land Stewardship Council and the Ferguson Forest Centre as well as
Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation (GCFDC), which delivers
the federally-funded EODF program locally.
The partners will host a community awareness meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22
at 7 pm at the Ferguson Forest Centre nursery office on County Road 44 just
north of Kemptville.
GPS treasure hunting is being promoted as a four-season, low-cost tourism
option which could attract day-trippers and longer-term visits to the
region. Caches are planned for locations throughout much of Eastern Ontario.
In Grenville County, caches will be placed on crown land at the Ferguson
centre in North Grenville and in Limerick Forest, near where the boundaries
of Augusta and Edwardsburgh/ Cardinal townships and the Municipality of
North Grenville intersect. The Friends of the Ferguson Forest Centre and the
Limerick Forest Advisory Committee are expected to play significant roles in
promoting the local geocaching.
Teri Devine, GCFDC's EODF administrator, said the caches will be deployed in
late April or early May, in time for the upcoming summer tourist season.
She also noted each participating community futures development corporation
will be supplied with up to four GPS units. Details on how the units will be
made available to visitors who do not have their own global positioning
systems have yet to be finalized.
The caches will be fully accessible throughout the year, according to
Devine. Organizers are hoping the GPS treasure hunting program will become
an ongoing attraction supported by tourism operators and the hospitality
The concept is already in use in Northern Ontario.
At the Feb. 22 meeting, a presentation will be made by Bill Steer of Ontario
Geocaching. "GPS treasure hunting promotes the wise use of trails and the
technology leaves no ecological footprint," he stated in a news release.
"Whether you are hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing, snowmobiling or in
your car, you potentially could be using a GPS unit and be looking for the
hidden caches," Steer added.
The presentation will be followed by discussion.
For more information on the concept, visit www.geocachingontario.com.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gordon Campbell" <gordon@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "KAG" <kag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 11:28 PM
Subject: [kag] Public meeting in Harrowsmith next month
A quick heads up for you all on an upcoming event that I'm not sure how
to interpret: the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation is
hosting a meeting of local interest groups and "tour operators" to
introduce them to geocaching. It sounds like they're planning to promote
the Frontenac County area as geocaching friendly. I've attached a PDF of
an ad that my wife passed along to me.
I have no idea what this "Easter Ontario Geocaching Project" thing is
that they mention, either. Unless it's something to do with this:
I wonder if Jeremy and geocaching.com might have something to say about
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