Tourism Valemount

Geocaching

Arm yourself with a GPS, plug in your coordinates and treasure hunt through Valemount on your next geocaching adventure

Hunt for Treasure

Come to Valemount for your geocaching adventure! Treasure is out there and it’s up to you to unearth it. There are numerous places to explore with approximately 100 caches in and around the Valemount area. The Valemount Historic Society has a booklet documenting 15 self-guided  historical hikes. Each hike description has GPS coordinates and a hand-drawn map of heritage locations in the Valemount area. The booklet gives visitors a glimpse into the lives and activities—logging, outfitting, fishing and building the railroad—of people who were here a century ago. Each destination has one or more artifacts on site and this offers interesting photo opportunities in the spectacular setting of the Robson Valley.

Some of the more than two-dozen caches in the Valemount area are clearly visible, while others are tiny — no bigger than a fingernail. Keep your GPS handy and your eye on the prize.

Geocaching will take you places
Geocaching will take you places

Geocache and Historical Hikes

The Valemount Historic Society has a booklet documenting 15 self-guided historical hikes. Each hike description has GPS coordinates and a hand-drawn map of heritage locations in the Valemount area. The booklet gives visitors a glimpse into the lives and activities—logging, outfitting, fishing and building the railroad—of people who were here a century ago. Each destination has one or more artifacts on site and this offers interesting photo opportunities in the spectacular setting of the Robson Valley.

Each geocache booklet contains a stamp grid for stamps that can be found at each site. Once you collect 10 stamps, take your booklet to the Valemount Museum where, once validated, you will receive a beautiful geocoin that showcases the 100-year-old Heritage Train Station Museum on one side and the partnering contributions of Tourism Valemount on the other.

The “Geocache Edition” booklet is available for sale at the Valemount Museum, the Valemount Visitor Centre, and Infinity Office and Health store in Valemount. The geocached hikes are also registered with geocaching.com and the GPS coordinates are all available online.

Top Reasons to go Geocaching

  1. Discover unique places you would otherwise never visit
  2. Pick up the paddle! Combine geocaching with other activities. A great hike, a serene canoe ride — you can even saddle up the horses and go
  3. There are 5 million registered users of Geocaching.com from around the world, making it a great way to become part of that community
  4. Find your inner detective! Some cache clues require puzzle-solving skills, so give your brain a workout
  5. Geocaching is so much fun you won’t even notice you’re exercising.
  6. Bring the family — the kids will have a blast hunting for the cache
  7. Finding a cache is virtually free recreational activity
  8. Even those with limited ability can geocache in Valemount — just check the cache clues for degree of difficulty
  9. Nothing beats the surge of pleasure you’ll feel when you uncover a cache

Need To Know

  • Geocaching is best to do in company. Bring along a friend and make sure to leave an itinerary with someone and report in upon your return
  • Cache coordinates indicate the degree of difficulty in finding the stash, all you need is a keen sense of adventure and sharp detective skills
  • Plan your route, then download or use your a complete list of geocache sites found along the way
  • Each cache will contain a note from the keeper, explaining the historical, cultural or other significant details about the cache
  • Geocaching is a great way to bond with the entire family making travel by car an interactive experience
  • Give wildlife space, and never feed wildlife. Even if it doesn’t appear dangerous, it could be in the right circumstances. Be bear smart.
  • Be prepared for sudden weather changes — dress accordingly
  • Mosquitoes love our mountain air, so wear insect repellent
  • Always pack a first-aid kit
  • Pack it in and pack it out — if you’re bringing lunch, make sure to take your empty food and drink containers with you

When to Go

  • Geocaching can be fun for the whole family throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Discover something new when geocaching in Valemount
Discover something new
Sign the journal when you have found a cache
Sign the journal
Add to the cache
Add to the cache