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Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that's happening right now, all around you.

Geocaching in beautiful Jasper National Park

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 4:49 PM -

Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that's happening right now, all around you. 

There are 2,353,030 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide. 

Geocaching is a fun activity where you use GPS, tablets or your smart phone to find hidden treasures anywhere in the world. 

It's even better when you are geocaching in beautiful Jasper National Park with the folks from Parks Canada. That's where Margeaux Maurin had the chance to catch up with Ryan Bray and put the geocaching app to the test (see video above). 

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A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. 

After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. 

Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little financial value, although sometimes they are sentimental. 

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On May 2, 2000, at approximately midnight, eastern savings time, the great blue switch controlling selective availability was pressed. 

Twenty-four satellites around the globe processed their new orders, and instantly the accuracy of GPS technology improved tenfold. Tens of thousands of GPS receivers around the world had an instant upgrade. 

To learn more about geocaching and how you can join the adventure, click here.

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