The Edmonton region’s many parks and green spaces, as well as bustling downtown and access to nearby national and provincial parks, make it a geocacher’s dream. No matter what terrain you’re looking to try out, there’s a geocache for you.
Even if you’re not looking to head too far, there are still lots of caches to find locally. Sticking close to home is a great, low-commitment way to try out geocaching and see if it’s for you. Many of Edmonton’s parks are home to geocaches for beginners and experts alike. The River Valley is a great place to start, with dozens of unique caches to discover. Who knows, you might just find your new favourite spot in the city!
If you’re heading out for a trip to one of Alberta’s many national and provincial parks, make sure to include geocaching on your itinerary as a bonus outdoor adventure. There are over 1000 geocaches hidden throughout Alberta’s provincial and national parks, including Earthcaches, which are unique geographical features for you to discover instead of a cache box. Remember to follow Alberta Parks regulations to ensure that you’re minimizing your impact on the environment while geocaching.
For cachers looking for a uniquely YEG experience and a bit of a challenge, there are also geocaches hidden right downtown in the city itself. These caches are almost always smaller and harder to find than caches hidden in parks, so these are best for once you’ve gained some experience. Rumour has it that you can find caches in the downtown core, Whyte Avenue, and even in the West Edmonton Mall! No matter where you are in Edmonton, there’s a cache nearby waiting for you to discover it.
Want to know more about geocaching in Edmonton? Watch for more posts in the Geocaching 101 series coming later this summer—and check out our 2021 Info Edmonton Summer Guide!