The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority


What is Geocaching?

Geocaching the world’s largest treasure hunt! There are caches hidden in most NVCA conservation areas.

Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes. Geocaches can look very different from one another. Some will be small containers, others will be micro containers the size of your fingernail. Make sure to read the size in your app to get on the right path. Geocaches will never be buried.

Inside the geocache, you can find small items. If you take something, make sure to leave something of equal or greater value! 

Follow these instructions to start your geocaching journey.

    Download and open your Geocaching® app to see geocaches near you. Then, select a geocache to find!
    Once you select a cache, go outside, and use the app to navigate to it. And don’t forget to bring a pen, so you can sign the logbook inside the geocache.
    Once you navigate to the location, look at the recent activity and the hint for clues. Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes!
    Log your find in the geocache’s logbook and place the geocache back where you found it. Log your find in the app to see your find count increase!

NVCA Geocaching Guidelines

Finding a Geocache

  • Geocachers must only travel on maintained trails and public areas to find geocaches. 
  • Geocachers must not create a hole in the ground to find a geocache. 

Placement of Geocaches

  • Geocachers must request permission to place a geocache on NVCA properties. Inquiries can be submitted to
  • All caches must be placed in a publicly accessible area (such as a picnic area) or within one meter of marked trails. 
  • Caches may not be placed in any culturally, ecologically, or geologically significant areas.
  • Caches cannot be buried partially or completely.
  • Caches must be placed on the outside of NVCA buildings and structures. 

Geocache Contents

  • Geocaching is a family friendly and outdoor friendly game. Cache contents must be suitable for all ages and suitable for the outdoors.
  • Do not trade items melt (such as crayons) or expand in the cold (such as liquids).
  • Traded items should be family and environmentally friendly and must not pollute the environment.
  • Do not trade items that attracts wildlife.
  • Do not trade food, alcohol, firearms, drugs, dangerous items, batteries, adult items or any other items deemed unacceptable by NVCA.

Remember to follow NVCA conservation area rules

Please review the tips below to ensure your experience is an enjoyable one.

  • NVCA’s conservation areas are open from dawn until dusk, daily. Please check the individual conservation area page, as some locations are closed seasonally.
  • To ensure your and your pet’s safety, please keep your dog on a leash when visiting NVCA’s conservation areas.
  • Parking fees apply at NVCA’s conservation areas. Please check the individual conservation area page, as some locations are managed by partners and may not be included in NVCA’s annual parking pass.
  • Foraging is not permitted within any conservation area.
  • Please be prepared when visiting NVCA’s conservation areas. Visiting wilderness areas requires planning and preparation.
  • NVCA may remove a cache if it fails to adhere to this or any other NVCA policy.
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