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The following are the current Cache Standings for Canada. Thanks to Funky Nassau of MGA for putting these Numbers together:

 

Here are the current Standings:

ON - 3403

BC - 2760

NB - 1723

AB - 1322

PQ - 1237

NS - 803

NF - 461

MB - 282

SK - 195

PE - 54

YK - 43

NT - 26

NV - 7

 

Standings effective Aug. 17/05

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Now that all looks good for the larger provinces. However, lets take a look at the same stats from a different angle:

 

One thing that bothers me is it does not take into consideration the Cache density based on provincial population. Therefore I decided to work out the numbers based on that factor.

 

Using the most current posted census stats from 2001 I made this table

 

Cache Stats for Canada Based on Poulation according to 2001 Census

Population of Canada 2001 = 30,007,090

PROV-----POP.-----CACHES-----#PER/CACHE-----Provincial Score

..............(X).............(Y)..........................................................

NF-----512,930-------461-----------1,112.65-------------219

PE-----135,290--------54------------2,505.37------------ 97

NS-----908,005------803------------1,130.77-------------215

NB-----729,500-----1723--------------423.39-------------575

PQ---7,237,480-----1237------------5,850.83------------- 42

ON-11,410,045-----3403------------3,352.94-------------- 73

MB---1,119,585------282------------3,970.16-------------- 61

SK-----978,935------195------------5,020.18-------------- 49

AB---2,974,810-----1322-----------2,250.23---------------108

BC---3,907,735-----2760-----------1,415.85---------------172

YK-------28,675--------43-------------666.86---------------365

NT-------37,360--------26-----------1,436.92---------------170

NV-------26,745---------7------------3,820.71-------------- 64

.....................................................(Z)..............................

Totals...30,007,095...12316..........2,436.43

 

In order to make the provincial score a number that makes sence I had to make up a formula that would make the score easier to read. Otherwise there would just be to many decimal places.

 

For Example

 

Based on the above information there are 2436.43 people for every cache placed in Canada.

 

X=Provincial Population

Y=# Caches in Province

z= #of Caches per person in Canada

 

Formula Y/X*(Z*100)=SCORE

IE. For NF

 

461 Caches divided by population of 512,930 = .00089876

2436.43 multiplied by 100 = 243643

 

.00089876

X 243643

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218.976292

Rounded off gives a score of 219

 

So to put it all into perspective if we wanted to rank the provinces based on Cache density by provincial poulation it would be as follows

 

Rank.....Prov.....Score

1............NB........575

2............YK........365

3............NF........219

4............NS........215

5............BC........172

6............NT........170

7............AB........108

8............PE...........97

9............ON..........73

10..........NV...........64

11..........MB...........61

12..........SK...........49

13..........PQ...........42

 

Hmmm now that sheads a different light on things now dont it.

 

Big congrats goes out to New Brunswick for having the most caches per capita in Canada.!!!!

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Well now that was interesting.

 

That last one prompted me to do another Stat table.

I started wondering how many caches are in Canada for every square KM of territory.

 

Land Area Of Canada according to Stats Canada = 9,093,507 square KM

Giving us 1.3544 Caches per 1000 sqkm

 

Prov-----Land Area------Caches-----Caches/1000 sqkm

NF----------373,872----------461-----------1.2330

PE-------------5660------------54-----------9.5406

NS-----------53,338----------803----------15.0549

NB-----------71,450---------1723---------24.1148

PQ-------1,365,128---------1237-----------0.9061

ON---------917,741---------3403-----------3.7080

MB---------553,556-----------282----------0.5094

SK---------591,670-----------195----------0.3296

AB---------642,317----------1322----------2.0582

BC---------925,186----------2760----------2.9832

YK----------474,391------------43----------0.0906

NT--------1,183,085------------26----------0.0220

NV--------1,936,113-------------7----------0.0036

 

So once again the tale of the tape shuffles the rankings and places NB as Champion

 

Rank.....Prov.....Density/1000sqkm

1............NB.............24.1148

2............NS.............15.0549

3............PE...............9.5406

4............ON..............3.7080

5............BC..............2.9832

6............AB...............2.0582

7............NF...............1.2330

8............PQ...............0.9061

9............YK...............0.9606

10..........MB...............0.5094

11..........SK...............0.3296

12..........NT................0.0220

13..........NV................0.0036

 

 

All 3 Maritime provinces have the highest density of caches based on Land area.

 

Again a big congrats to N.B. by far the winner of this catagory. Yes it helps by being so small but so is the population. Fact remains it is still holds the highest density of caches.

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So the moral of the story is, due to the current high cost of gasoline and thus travel cost per cache, move to NB/NS. :P

Now if I could just convince my wife that if we sell the house for $250K in Ontario we could have the same thing built in NB/NS for $50K. She just has no sense of adventure. :blink:

 

Cheers, Olar

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So the moral of the story is, due to the current high cost of gasoline and thus travel cost per cache, move to NB/NS. :o

Now if I could just convince my wife that if we sell the house for $250K in Ontario we could have the same thing built in NB/NS for $50K.  She just has no sense of adventure. ;)

 

Cheers, Olar

50k!?

I could sell mine and buy 7! :D

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I like stats too, and I think that it is erroneous to base the cache percentage on the provincial population. A better way to compare the numbers would be caches found divided by number of cachers in the province. Too bad we can't track that...I think that would be rather interesting.

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So the moral of the story is, due to the current high cost of gasoline and thus travel cost per cache, move to NB/NS. :lol:

Now if I could just convince my wife that if we sell the house for $250K in Ontario we could have the same thing built in NB/NS for $50K. She just has no sense of adventure. :anibad:

 

Cheers, Olar

Well I'm sorry to say there's not too many houses in NS or NB that sell for 50K the average house in the two provinces cost 200k. In Urban areas it's much moreMLS for Halifax

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It would be interesting to see what would happen if you where to look at the cache density in Ontario if you where to split ON into North and South, I am sure if you did that Southern Ontario would score rather nicely.

 

Now you would have to assume that the 46th parallel is the dividing line.

 

I havent figured out the stats but since Northern ontario takes up a huge chunk of the province and there are relatively few caches up there compared to down here..

 

Of course you can do the same with any provice, take out to unpopulated northern parts out and the stats all change

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New Brunswick wins thanks to one cacher, Insp Gadget with close to 25% of the hides in the province. I doubt that any other province has such a prolific hider - he celebrated May Day this year by hiding his 400th cache.

Actually, NB wins on the basis that 10 of the top 30 hiders in Canada live in the province... and 5 of those are in the top 10..

 

By ranking in Canada

1 - Gadget - NB - 415

2 - TEAM KFWB GPS - BC - 321

3 - FunkyNassau - NB - 247

4 - Kyocera - NB - 170

5 - Bent & Twisted - ON - 116

6 - jim52 - NB - 115

7 - outforthehunt - AB - 107

7 - dex4 - ON - 107

9 - Sportsman01 - NB - 89

10 - res2100 - ON - 68

11 - Half-Canadian and Scooter the Wonder Dog - BC - 67

11 - BeerMan-Qc - PQ - 67

13 - rubberneck and Jenn - NS - 63

13 - thisismeisthatu - AB - 63

15 - markirene - NB - 62

15 - OpusTerra - PQ - 62

17 - unknown45 - NB - 60

18 - 3jaze - AB - 59

19 - canadazuuk - BC - 57

20 - Geoslyca - NB - 54

21 - Tripper - ON - 50

22 - binthair - ON - 48

23 - Buttons and Beaux - ON - 46

24 - polarbeardiggers - MAN - 44

25 - Ma & Pa - NB - 42

25 - The Blue Quasar - ON - 42

25 - Christopher R & Pooh B - NF - 42

28 - Mazsellan - PQ - 41

28 - malak - PQ - 41

30 - Dustywalker - NB - 40

30 - C&C+COMPANY - NS - 40

 

Funky

The Stat Guy of the MGA

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I wasn't saying that people can't cache, but you are getting a smaller number of geocachers because of the language barrier. Anyway, I was just pointing out that the stats that put Quebec last aren't really fair. Let's not argue over silly statistics. As my stat teacher told us at the start of his class in university "stats are the scientific method for lying" B)

 

(oh and the Google tools do NOT do a good job. It's a pretty horrendous job most of the time! But it's a start, I guess)

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I appreciate that stats as well seeing that we are on the top 24th of canada,is very rewarding, i love putting out caches as much as finding them, when i started a year ago we might of had just over 8 pages of sites,now we are on the 14th page,great to see others getting involved by putting a few caches out,sort of giving back in a way,and fun seeing the new idea's for hiding has evolved,cache on people,.

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I don’t have any data to compare province by province, but I am amazed at the recent growth in caching in the last year. The logs are chalk full of new names.

 

I added a feature that counts the number of caches (as they come online) and plot them to a chart on the BC Geocaching website. The data starts in March 2005, and shows a good trend in cache listings.

 

Click to see BC Cache Listings Graph

 

For those who dont click to see the pretty picture, here is the data as of Sept 12.

Mar-2005 2243

Apr-2005 2341

May-2005 2469

Jun-2005 2562

Jul-2005 2677

Aug-2005 2826

Sep-2005 2842

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Google Language tools will do a pretty good jod of letting you read any language. Not a good excuse not to cache.

A little off topic.. but I took the quote..using Google translated it from English to French and then back to English.. and got..

 

"The tools of language of Google will make a jod very good let to you indicate any language. Not a good excuse not kasher."

 

Google is fun if you haven't tried it.. Google Language Tools

 

Murfster.. (

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Hi! I've been checking the post every once in a while, and I've noticed something. Althought it's interresting to get some info on how many caches there are in different provinces or how many caches per population density or how different areas rank with cachers, the important thing is that it should not convay the message that this is something of a race.

 

Geocaching is a fun hobby and a healthy way of going out and communicate with nature. Look at all the new places we have come to visit that normally, we might have passed by. A lot of these places are actually close to our homes. We get to do a lot of hiking on foot or with our bikes, we get to meet new friends.

 

It's O.K. to ask people to go out and add new caches, but not as a race with other provinces to see who has the most caches in Canada, but rather going out to find new places to visit so people can find these areas that we were so lucky have seen.

 

I started geocaching early on this year in Quebec, the number of new cachers has gone up quite rapidly and the number of new caches has literally exploded everywhere in the province. I have been visiting new places everywhere. I have also been to Ontario, New-York and Vermont. And in the process, I have taken off over 50 lbs in weight. What more could I want? Keep those caches coming, no matter where they are, as long as I can go out to search for them and enjoy the great outdoors.

 

Big JohnP

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Language is not really a barrier to geocaching. Germany is the second highest concentration of caches.

 

They even have thier own version of the GC.com http://www.geocaching.de/

 

But enough about that. Cache density seems to be affected by several factors. Population density, the more people there are the more likely there are cachers. Also the more caches the more likely others will take up the sport. And also by the cachers themselves in the area how prolific they are in placements etc.

 

But I also think there is too much of a good thing, just go caching in Erie PA or other caching hotspots and you will soon get tired of going "Oh look another lamppost micro! Just like the one across the street."

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