NORTH DUNDAS — You can’t see it from the ground, but the Canada 150 logo is firmly planted on North Dundas.
The catch is that it can only be seen virtually — on the geocaching website Geocaching.com.
Created by South Mountain resident and avid geocacher Ron Porteous to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, the well-known sesquicentennial logo graces an area of online map between Winchester and Hallville. Each of 150 dots in the plotted 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 commemorative stylized leaf logo appears. Geocachers from all over Ontario and beyond are reported to be planning trips to North Dundas to scour the rural Eastern Ontario township for the hidden caches in the series currently creating a lot of excitement among fans of the hobby.
The large number of geocaches means that searchers will be in the area for at least a day and spending money in the local economy. Organizers advise residents to not worry if they see people stopping along rural roadways. Say ‘hi’ to them and realize they’re only using billions of dollars of government satellites to find hidden Tupperware.
Those interested in trying out geocaching can visit geocaching.com and watch the video “What is geocaching” to learn more. See it below as well: