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Spend the day at North Beach and revel in the views from Tow Hill and the Blow Hole - Photo: Talon Gillis

Gray Bay is a popular recreational site known for its beachcombing and camping opportunities - Photo: Flavien Mabit

We've got a selection of camping locations just right for you - forest sites thick with carpets of moss, rustic beach campsites and comfortable campgrounds with showers and hook-ups - Photo: Flavien Mabit

Haida Gwaii's got rainforests, beaches and mountains to explore - let's go! - Photo: Alexander A MacDonald

The Pesuta Shipwreck Trail will lead you along East Beach to the scenic remains of the Pesuta, a log ship that ran aground in 1928 - Photo: Alexander A MacDonald

Visit the award-winning Haida Heritage Centre and Museum at Second Beach in Skidegate - Photo: Guy Kimola

Step into another world as you tour ancient Haida village sites in Gwaii Haanas - Photo: Flavien Mabit

The Rennell Sound area offers exceptional wilderness camping and short trails for accessing remote west coast beaches - Photo: Guy Kimola

 

Geocaching: How to set up a geocache

By Flavien Mabit

First of all, what is geocaching? Geocaching is like a treasure hunt on a global scale. The geocaching website (https://www.geocaching.com/) lists GPS coordinates and clues to find those little "caches", usually just a small countainer with a few items inside, and a logbook.

Millions of little "treasures" and clues are to be found around the world in this massive game, for which you just need a GPS (or a smartphone with GPS capabilities), an account on the site, a sense of adventure and your wits.

There are currently more than 75 geocaches on Haida Gwaii, and the number will keep growing as more people join in the fun and start setting up their own geocaches. There are a set of rules to set up a geocache which can be found here https://www.geocaching.com/play/hide. The rest is just up to you and your imagination. Today we will see an example of how to find a spot to set up a cache. 

I like exploring the area around my community, Sandspit, and I have only set up caches on Moresby Island and the south of the islands so far. In the past few years, I have found a few out of the way places that I liked and thought that geocaching would be a fun way to bring people to those places, even though some of them are quite remote (Some geocaches are so remote that noone has been there to find them yet!).

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

The first time I came to the islands, and I really mean my actual first day driving from the ferry landing to Sandspit, I had noticed a tall tree on top of a small mountain. I dubbed it straight away the "Lone Spruce", as it's standing tall amidst some rather small trees. The mountain, I found out later, is Mount Poole, and overlooks Skidegate Inlet. I also found out that there was a steep gravel road going up the mount to service some antennas on top.

The road up Mount Poole: Flavien Mabit

From the road, it looked possible to walk to the base of the tree, so on a fine day, I set out with friends, some tools, a prepared geocache, a good car to tackle the steep road, and only a general sense of where we were going. 

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

The Lone Spruce itself is not as big as it looks from afar, but because of its location, and the fact that it is the only one still standing, it looks really cool. The walk in this stretch of messy, dense and old growth forest is pretty tough, but short, and quite beautiful. The forest there is not a clearcut area, as I originally thought, but is actually a massive blowdown area, and the Lone Spruce, it turns out, just a survivor of this local catastrophe. 

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

We made the trail and flagged it with tape. We then set up the geocache in the area around the base of the tree. 

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

On our way out, we also did manage to look for a local geocache set up by the local Junior ranger group a number of years ago. 

Finding a cache: Flavien Mabit

In short, the best way to find a geocache site, is to ask yourself where you would like to bring people to a place that you think is unique. It is fun to find an element of the landscape, a monument, a special feature where you can set up your cache, that will also make the find a destination in itself.

The "Lone Spruce": Flavien Mabit

To find geocaches near you, log on to https://www.geocaching.com/

Join in the fun!

 

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