debi13 Posted July 3, 2006 Share Posted July 3, 2006 in our area there are a lot of Ontario GPS Treasure Hunting caches most of then are disabled or missing the hides are almost always near a parking area and no thought was put into the cache now I see an article in the Ottawa paper that says they get paid to place these lame hides copied this from an article about geocaching by Alex Hebert a reporter for the Ottawa Sun Geocaching has grown to the point that it's used to boost tourism. In 2002, the Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa founded a GPS treasure hunting website to bring more awareness to Northern Ontario's tourism industry. Geocaches were planted containing information about the area's heritage and ecology. Now, almost five years later, Ontario GPS Treasure Hunting (www.geocachingontario.com) is bigger than ever, with active caches all over Eastern and Northern Ontario. And these ones even offer real treasures. "You get the codeword from the cache, enter it in the website and get a chance to win prizes," said Bill Steer, a geocache educator and product developer working out of the Canadian Ecology Centre. "In 2004 and 2005 more than $40,000 worth of prizes were given out." And local businesses are "caching" in. Some of the caches hidden by Ontario GPS Treasure Hunting can be sponsored by businesses for $100 a year, which covers maintenance costs. "It's easy for me to justify that $100," said Chris Hinsperger, who owns Bonnecherre Caves in Eganville. He says having a cache located on his business property gives him increased exposure. To date, there are over 300 geocaches in the area which are part of this initiative, 17 of which are sponsored. Quote Link to comment
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