In geocaching, you use a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver to navigate to a "geocache" - a hidden object or natural feature. Started in 2000, geocaching is a growing outdoor recreational activity that combines physical activity, technology, the outdoors and the thrill of exploration. It's an intergenerational, low impact, healthy activity that promotes natural heritage learning. Check Geocaching.com for more information.
Natural and recreational areas, including Alberta's parks, are used for geocaching adventures. There are more than 1,000 geocaches in the provincial parks system, with requests for additional cache sites continuing to submitted. Check the map below for geocaches in Alberta Parks. (Updates are done annually so the map is accurate as of the last data synch.) Geocaching.com administers all geocaches in Alberta and has the most up-to-date listing.
Alberta Parks permits two types of caching.
Virtual caching has been discontinued in the provincial parks system.
Geocaching is an excellent tool for self-guided hiking in our parks. You can rent a GPS unit at Cypress Hills Provincial Park year-round or at Crimson Lake Provincial Park during summer. At Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, renting Ranger's Geocaching Adventure Pack includes a GPS unit.
As the popularity of geocaching continues to increase, Alberta Parks is developing guided geocaching interpretive hikes and environmental education programs. Check Events for what's on.
Geocaching is not allowed in sensitive ecological areas or where there is a risk to the public anywhere in the Alberta provincial parks system. Geocaches are NOT PERMITTED in any park in these land classifications: Heritage Rangelands, Ecological Reserves and Wilderness Areas.
Geocaching is permitted in: Provincial Parks, Provincial Recreation Areas, Natural Areas, Wildland Provincial Parks, and Willmore Wilderness Park. To place a geocache in Alberta Parks, you must follow our geocaching guidelines and application process.
Check Geocaching.com for up-to-date listings of geocaches in Alberta.