Geocaching HQ encourages geocachers to find at least 20 geocaches before setting out to hide their own geocache ("cache").
The greater variety of geocaches that someone finds, the better they will understand how to create an enjoyable experience for other geocachers.
Find additional guidance about hiding caches in the Geocaching Help Centre. For publication, geocaches must follow the Geocaching Guidelines.
For caches placed in Ontario, Canada the items listed below also apply.
* This page is always a work in progress. Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear. May contain traces of nuts. Do not use for drying pets. Leakage is neither expected or warrantied. For external use, only.
Updates may be sent to CacheShadow
Oct 2nd 2023 - Added Hamilton Naturalists policy
August 8th 2023 - Updated/verified permission links - updated Halton Region
June 21st 2023 - Added Ontario Geocache Stats
June 28th 2022 - Updated GRCA wording
May 3rd 2022 - Updated various permission links
April 17th 2022 - Updated London ESA links
March 21st 2022 - Updated Events/CITO guidance
February 14th 2022 - Updated Events/CITO guidance
January 15th 2022 - Updated COVID guidance
October 25th 2021 - Updated COVID guidance and Souvenir validity for Challenges
October 6th 2021 - Added Catfish Creek Conservation Authority policy
July 16th 2021 - Updated Event/CITO references for Ontario's Step 3 Reopening
July 12th 2021 - Added hyperlinks to Event/CITO references for Guidelines/Help Centre
July 11th 2021 - Updated Event/CITO guidance
July 1st 2021 - Added GPS Usage section.
June 1st 2021 - Updated COVID guidance and added URLs to Help Centre/Guidelines for several articles
April 8th 2021 - Updated COVID guidance
March 26th 2021 - Updated COVID guidance
March 1st 2021 - Updated cache type/Multi/Mystery/Traditional guidance
February 23rd 2021 - Updated COVID guidance
January 12th 2021 : Updated COVID guidance
January 11th 2021 : Added City of Hamilton for land manager/permission considerations
January 3rd 2021 : Highlighted HQ's requirement for Challenge Cache attribute
November 10th 2020: Updated wording for permission process
October 4th 2020: Updated COVID-19 Response to add info regarding agenda based content
August 28th 2020: Updated GRCA land management details
August 1st 2020 : Updated Rouge Park land management and TRCA land management policy links
July 16th 2020 : Updated Crown Land text in CITO Phased Approach
July 14th 2020 : CITO Phased Approach Posted
May 24th 2020 : Updated Rouge Park and TRCA website links
May 19th 2020 : Pre-Reviews for Ontario resuming
May 17th 2020 : COVID-19 Response - section update - version 7
April 14th 2020 : Updated text to include Geocaching HQ provided URLs
March 23rd 2020 : Updated Community First text for all cache Reviews
March 16th 2020 : Added Community First text for Events
December 6th 2019 : Added example text
December 1st 2019 : More flexible and definitive Event stacking approach
November 11th 2019 : Revised Land Manager text for Wagner Forest Management
April 2nd 2019 : Updated Social text
March 7th 2019 : Updated Event text
February 15th 2019 : Updated Social Media clarification and Event text
January 14th 2019 : Updated policy information for RARE
June 13th 2018 : Added Social Media clarification with updated guidance from Geocaching HQ
April 21st 2018 : Updated Niagara Parks URL
February 23rd 2018 : Updated Work In Progress Text
January 3rd 2018 : Modified with updated guidance from Geocaching HQ regarding event promotion
December 8th 2017 : Modified to refer to Geocaching Guidelines vs Listing Guidelines; modified to refer to Cache Pages vs. Cache Listings
August 16th 2017 : Updated London ESA info, Quick Links for Favourites/Events
June 13th 2017 : Updated URL for GRCA
Apr 2nd 2017 : Added text regarding similar/identical Challenge caches
Feb 10th 2017 : Project-GC and GSAK related events are now publishable, as per Geocaching HQ!
Feb 14th 2017 : Added direction that CITOs should not be side events for Mega/Giga events
Mar 3rd 2017 : Added section on Health Score
Mar 6th 2017 - Updated TRCA link
Ontario - General Geocache Stats - Last Updated June 21st 2023
Ontario's "Double Decade" / Oldest Active Caches - Placed Month/Year
To see the current number of Active caches in Ontario click here.
Traditional Cache - the oldest active cache in Ontario is Deer Bait - placed on February 17th 2001.
Earthcache - the oldest in Ontario (and the only example of an Earthcache with a placed date in 2004) is Rocks That Grew Earthcache.
Multi Cache - the oldest in Ontario is First Try.
Upcoming Events and CITOs In Canadian Provinces and Territories
Upcoming Giga, Mega, GPS and Community Celebration Events
About This Guide
The local laws and guidelines for geocaching placement vary from place to place. As community reviewers learn geocache placement policies for a certain location, they can add it here. This site may not be a complete or accurate list of land policies. These policies are made by the land owner or manager, they are neither the reviewer’s nor Geocaching HQ’s. This guide is just for reference, if no policies for the area you’re looking for are listed, that doesn't mean no policies exist. You must still obtain permission to place your geocache from the landowner or land manager,comply with all applicable laws, and follow the Geocaching Listing Requirements.
If you have an update, email the community reviewer(s) listed.
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