New Enhanced Public Health Measures for the Province of Alberta:
Effective December 8, 2020, the province of Alberta has placed new Public Health Measures which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size in order to stop the rise of cases:
Effective January 18, 2021 outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
*Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum and must not have an indoor component.
In most cases it would be hard to limit the attendees to 10 so for the time being we will be holding off on publishing any new events in Alberta. We will monitor existing events with the understanding that they may need to be cancelled if the new health measures have not been lifted.
We want to allow flexibility for hosts who need to reschedule their published Community Celebration Events due to COVID-19 concerns. If hosts wish to reschedule their Community Celebration Event:
Effective May 1, vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas in provincial parks is open.
This means in addition to walking or biking in, you can also leave your vehicle in a designated parking space, but you’ll need to be prepared as your parks experience will be a little different due to COVID-19.https://albertaparks.ca/albertaparksca/news-events/response-to-covid-19/
As of March 24, 2020 Access to Canada’s national parks is being suspended in a bid to encourage people to remain safe at home during the COVID-19 crisis.
Parking is also be prohibited along roadways, though motorists will still be able to traverse the national parks on highways, and residents will retain access.
An alphabetical listing of all Alberta Parks can be found here "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Alberta_provincial_parks">
Note This application process must be followed for all Alberta Parks locations.
The maximum number of geocache placements permitted at any Alberta Parks site is site-specific. Regional Alberta Parks staff has the flexibility to cap the number of caches at a level deemed manageable in the area.
I understand that geocaching may involve inherent risks that could cause serious injury and possibly death and that it is my responsibility to follow the rules, regulations and boundaries of the park. Her Majesty the Queen in right of Alberta, as represented by the Minister of Environment and Parks, being the Government of Alberta, and their respective employees, volunteers and representatives, “Alberta Parks”, are not responsible for any death, injury, loss or damage of any kind sustained by any person while participating in geocaching at the park to the extent resulting from the failure of such or any other person to adhere to the rules, regulations and boundaries of the park or to exercise reasonable care taking into consideration the inherent risks of geocaching and the park. Alberta Parks shall not be liable for loss of or physical damage to any cache placement.
Caches Placed in a National Park.
Permission and a permit are required.
Information for creating a geocache in Canada's national parks can be found here:http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/docs/pc/guide/geocache/index.aspx.
Contact Information: The general email address for creating a geocache in any national park is firstname.lastname@example.org
As of March 2012: A new security policy is in place that prohibits the publishing of tower locations.
All requests within 1 kilometer of a Fire Lookout Tower, or that mention Lookout towers are to be denied.
Contact Info: For questions or concerns
Alberta Sustainable Resources and Development
(403) 297 8800
Office Building, Main Floor
8660 Bearspaw Dam Road N.W.
Geocaching has quickly become a fun family event. To encourage low impact, healthy activities in parks, The City encourages seeking and placing geocaches in parks, natural areas and public greenspaces, if it is done in conjunction with related bylaws, policies, regulations, and protected area management direction.
Caches should be placed in areas publicly accessible from designated trails or along approved travel routes. Caches must be situated so that they can be found with minimal disturbance to the environment.
To protect our environment, please do not:
The City of Calgary Parks retains the right to remove any caches located inappropriately.
Caches must be removed once they are no longer being maintained. Parks will remove caches if they have a detrimental environmental impact, are impacting the use and enjoyment of the park by other park visitors, or have an impact on operation and maintenance.
All caches in Calgary parks must be labelled “Geocache” on the outside of the container with the owner’s name and contact information inside. Caches cannot contain any prohibited items such as explosives, weapons or illegal substances, no food or beverage items or any other material that may attract wildlife, and must be suitable for all ages. No caches for commercial gain are permitted. Any caches without proper identification and owner information or deemed inappropriate may be removed by Parks staff. Removed caches will be held at the nearest Parks Divisional Office. Police will be notified regarding caches that contain illegal material. Removal of a cache may occur without prior notification to the owner. Caches can be retrieved by contacting 3-1-1.
Permits or prior authorization is not required for cache placement providing the cache is placed in an area open to public use and consistent with the direction of this guideline. Cache placement must be consistent with protected area management direction and placed in areas normally accessed by the public.
Please do not place caches among these items in municipal cemeteries:
Geocaching events may be allowed in Calgary parks with a special event permit providing the event is non-commercial in nature and has been approved by the permitting process. Please contact 3-1-1 or for more information or apply online.
Geocaching or cache placement within Calgary parks may not occur anywhere that may interfere with other approved recreational activities or management activities (rehabilitation zones, maintenance areas etc.)
For further information, please contact Calgary.Geocachers@gmail.com or call 3-1-1, 403-268-CITY (2489) if calling from outside Calgary.
Placements on Canada Post property (e.g. mailboxes) can be considered mail tampering which is a Federal Offense.
Permission from local Postmaster would be required.
Guidelines for cache placement within a City of Lethbridge Park.
City of Lethbridge Geocaching Policy
For Placing a Cache
1. A permit is not required to place a geocache in a City of Lethbridge park providing placement is consistent with the direction of this policy. The person(s) placing the geocache retain all responsibility for the geocache listings and are responsible for the placement and care of the geocache.
a. Go to geocaching.com and apply to have the location published on the official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site.
2. Large sized containers may not be cached and containers which previously held food are not suitable for caching.
a. Containers must be durable and water resistant. Caches must contain family friendly items and may not contain food or potentially dangerous or illegal goods such as explosives, ammunition, knives weapons, alcohol or drugs. For more information on geocache containers and contents, please see How to Hide a Geocache at http://mbgeocaching.ca/.
b. Caches should contain a logbook, a writing utensil and possibly a “treasure.”
3. Geocaches may not be hidden:
i. In areas that may put participants at risk (i.e. Cliffs, unstable ground, etc.)
ii. In areas where new trails or clearings would be created due to the cache;
iii. Where retrieval would entail digging, vegetation damage or other environmental impacts;
iv. On or adjacent to commercial lots or other development sites;
v. In group use areas or other sites which can be reserved for private use;
vi. On or affixed to any park signs or structures.
And please remember - all general park rules apply to persons who are geocaching!
Certain trails may be closed at times due to conditions, maintenance requirements, or other concerns. Please respect trail closures and act in accordance with park signage.
The City of Lethbridge reserves the right to remove caches that do not adhere to this policy