Posted by: geonarcissa | May 28, 2010

Mass archival of geocaches in Gatineau Park?

All cache owners in Gatineau Park have received a letter asking that their caches be removed, and stating that ALL geocaches in Gatineau Park will be archived on June 20. Here’s the text of the letter:

You are receiving this message because one of your caches is located within the territory of Gatineau Park.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) wishes to control Geocaching in the Gatineau Park.  Therefore, it is currently setting a procedure for caches within its territory, and is asking geocachers to archive all caches in the park.  They are requesting the cooperation of concerned geocachers to pick up all the containers.

We are asking for your cooperation in collecting your cache and in archiving the listing. Note that on June 20, 2010, all remaining caches within the territory of the park will be archived.

All new requests for publication at this location will be denied until permission of the NCC and the new procedure are received. We apologize for this inconvenience, which is beyond our control, and solicit the patience and cooperation of all geocachers.

Thank you

The Quebec Reviewers

Geocachers in the area are understandably confused about this. Last we heard, Gatineau Park was going to follow Parks Canada’s lead and create a geocaching policy, and would only ban geocaching in a particular area of the park.

It would seem that this letter from “The Quebec Reviewers” is actually a private initiative by a particular reviewer, cacheblex. It looks like an attempt, albeit a misguided one, to foster a cooperative relationship between geocachers and the NCC. Sadly, there are around 300 geocaches that are going to be lost as a result, including Quebec’s oldest geocache. A great deal of local geocaching history stands to be lost if this goes through.

Perhaps most puzzling is that Earthcaches – which have always required proof of explicit permission from land owners or managers – are on the hit list along with all the others.

There are public conversations about this happening here, at Gatineau Park News, and in the Ottawa Geocaching forum. For now, the best course of action I can suggest is for Gatineau Park cache owners to appeal this decision to Groundspeak. We should be able to keep our caches active until we get official word from the NCC.

Pontiac Promenade

The geomob in Gatineau Park earlier this year. The good old days?

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Responses

  1. Maybe they want a “fresh” start in order to have the new caches under the parks guidelines? to lazy to go through all of them so they think starting over will be easier. Probably a decision by someone who doesn’t know about caching! I hope it’s not just that one reviewer :-/

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