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Cariboo Geo-Caching Offers A Unique Way To Explore Our Region

Cariboo Geocaching

Scavenger hunts have long been an activity that appeals to adventurers young and old, whether it’s an exhilarating race in the woods to find hidden treasure, or a simple search through a house on a rainy day.


A relatively new kind of scavenger hunt that has been steadily growing around the world the past two decades combines the thrill of seeking out treasure with building navigational skills within an online global community of participants. It’s called geocaching, and is an activity growing in popularity with families right here in 108 Mile Ranch. 


The first ever known geocache was created in Oregon in May 2000, when a small black container that had books, money, videos, a slingshot and a can of beans inside was hidden, and its co-ordinates posted online. Within a few days, the cache had been found and so started the evolution of an exciting new outdoor activity. 


The concept is fun and straightforward – using an app on your smartphone, participants track down “caches”, usually hidden in a small, waterproof container, which contains small treasure as well as a notepad and pen to write down the name of those who found it as well as the date of discovery. The phone app uses GPS to guide you to the location of the cache, and often includes clues about how to find it, tracking info about how far away you are and difficulty level and size of that particular target.


It’s the perfect activity for families who want to get some physical activity outdoors and improve their navigational skills – and there are close to two dozen geocaches currently hidden around the 108 Mile Ranch community. 


A great place to start is the low-mobility trail at Sepa Lake. Park at the parking lot just off Kallum Drive on the Southwest side of the lake; your first cache won’t be too far away. The small lake loop – a breezy 20-minute walk – features seven hidden containers around the perimeter of the lake. Using the app, you can narrow in on the precise location of the caches and log your discovery once it is found. If you get stuck along the way and can’t find the bounty, most geocache entries on the app include descriptions and clues that can help you pinpoint their exact location. One very important hint – the caches are not always on the ground, so don’t forget to look up! 


Your Cariboo Geocaching Checklist

  • A backpack or bag
  • Good footwear
  • A notebook and a pen as sometimes you need to write down coordinates
  • A smart phone with the Geocaching App
  • A power bank to re-charge your phone if the battery goes dead
  • Warm clothing
  • Water
  • Consider sharing some treasure of your own in the geocaches you find (ie- small toys, pins, stickers, )
  • If you are not sure where you are going, be sure to tell someone

The “treasure” does not need to be fancy – think the little trinkets kids get in those surprise chocolate eggs – the excitement of finding the caches far outweighs the value of the actually prize. Packing a few extra containers – empty yogurt tubs work great – is also a good idea, as sometimes the geocache containers can deteriorate over time.

Geo Caching 100 Mile House, 108 Mile Ranch, Ainsworth Road
Arlo holding a newly discovered geocache!


Once you have discovered all the geocaches around Sepa Lake – don’t forget to track your conquests on your app – you can move onto a bigger challenge around 108 Mile Lake. This adventure will take a bit more time, as there are over a dozen caches to be discovered, the majority of them along the lake trail.


There are plenty of other areas in the South Cariboo and beyond for geocaching as well – check the map on your app to see where your next geocaching adventure will take you! 

Helpful Tips To Get You Started Geocaching In 100 Mile House

  • Register for your free account at Geocaching.com or
  • Download the App from your preferred mobile app source
  • The “Stage 2” caches are a bit more challenging and fun because you need to get coordinates at one cache and find the price at another.
  • You can simply google the name of the community you want to geocache in. We suggest
  • Once your account is enabled you can contact the owners of any given cache if it’s missing or needs repair
  • You can even create and post your own geocaches!

Craig Davidiuk
Author: Craig Davidiuk

Craig is the creator of this website and many others. His digital marketing career spans two decades and included stints in radio, owning a campground, managing a lapel pin factory and making music videos. He started this project as a way to give back to the community he loves - the Cariboo! Currently he serves on the boards for 100 Mile Nordics, HunCity Mountain Bike Club and the Cariboo Aquatic Society. Craig's also active as the content manager for Ride The Cariboo and consults with several tourism and small biz owners all over North America.

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