Geocaching is the ideal way to explore the Toronto Region.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) welcomes everyone to try this activity on our publicly accessible lands during seasonal operating hours.
TRCA has developed guidelines for the placement of geocaches on our property. In order to place a geocache on TRCA lands, all individuals must read our guidelines and apply for permission by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
TRCA Geocaching Guidelines
Placement of Geocaches
- Geocachers must apply to TRCA for permission prior to placing a cache on TRCA lands. (See application form below).
- All caches must be placed within 1 metre of marked trails, or be within a maintained public area (e.g. picnic areas).
- Geocachers must travel on marked and maintained trails or in maintained public areas at all times. Caches may not be placed within any culturally, ecologically or geologically significant areas.
- No digging or disruption of the ground is permitted when placing a cache.
- If marked and or maintained trails do not exist, Geocachers must seek approval for this activity from the Conservation Area Coordinator, Superintendent or Land Manager prior to entering the property.
- All caches must be external to any building or structure on TRCA property.
- Trade items are permitted in caches provided they are family and environmentally friendly (non-polluting).
- A cache shall not contain a trade item which attracts wildlife or is potentially harmful to humans, wildlife or the environment.
- A cache shall not contain food, alcohol, firearms, drugs, dangerous items, batteries, adult items or any other items deemed unacceptable by TRCA.
Existing Conservation Rules and Policies
- Geocachers must pay all applicable fees and adhere to all rules and policies including: using only designated access points or parking areas; visiting only during regular hours of operation; and respecting all trTRCA shall have the authority to monitor and limit the number of caches in specific locations on its lands. – See more at: http://www.trca.on.ca/enjoy/activities/geocaching.dot#sthash.riAhObVO.dpufail closure signs.
Right to Remove a Cache
- TRCA may remove a cache if it fails to adhere to this or any other TRCA policy.
Limits on Cache Numbers
- TRCA shall have the authority to monitor and limit the number of caches in specific locations on its lands.
Cache In, Trash Out and Leave No Trace
- Geocachers are encouraged to follow the “cache in, trash out” (CITO) practice which contributes to the maintenance of Conservation parks and lands. Learn more about this clean-up practice.
- Visitors are also encouraged to visit the Leave No Trace website. This site offers helpful principles and practices for planning safe and environmentally respectful outdoor recreational activities.
Find Geocaching at these Locations
- Albion Hills Conservation Area: 16500 Regional Road 50, Caledon, ON L7E 3E7
- Boyd Conservation Area: 8739 Islington Ave, Vaughan, ON L4L 1A6
- Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area: 3291 Stouffville Road, Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5
- Claireville Conservation Area: 8180 Regional Road 50, Brampton, ON L6T 0A6
- Glen Haffy Conservation Area: 19245 Airport Rd, Caledon, ON L0N 1E0
- Heart Lake Conservation Area: 10818 Heart Lake Rd, Brampton, ON L6Z 0B3
- Petticoat Creek Conservation Area: 1100 Whites Rd South, Pickering, ON L1V 6K7
- Rouge National Urban Park: Meadowvale Road, Scarborough, ON M1C 1R8
- Tommy Thompson Park: 1 Leslie St, Toronto, ON M4M 3M2