Geocaching in the Waterloo Region

Want to get outside, but to do something a little different? Why not try geocaching in the KW Region?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, usually your smartphone these days. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.In other words, it's an ongoing, real life treasure hunt that anyone can take part in.

How Do You Geocache in the Waterloo Region?

At its simplest level, geocaching requires these 8 steps:

  • Register for a free Basic Geocaching Membership here and download an app for your phone

  • Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.

  • Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your device

  • Use your GPS to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.

  • Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.

  • Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

What Will I Find in a Geocache?

In order to record your find, a cache contains a logbook or logsheet. You'll find a logbook and any number of things contained in larger caches. These turn the quest into a real hunt for hidden treasure. You never know what the owner of the cache or the cache visitors might have left for you to enjoy.

Note, leave something of equal or greater value in exchange if you take something. To secure them from the elements, it is recommended that items in a cache be individually wrapped in a transparent, zipped plastic bag.

Where Can I Geocache in the Waterloo Region?

There are a number of geocaches for you to track down in the KW Region. If you click on the image below you'll be taken to the official geocaching site to get directions and details for each of them.