- Things to Do This Week
- Boat Tours
- Hiking & Walking
- Berry Picking
- Festivals & Theatres
- Art Galleries
- Auk Island Winery
- Root Cellars
- Historic Landmarks
- Other Attractions
Did you know ...
The name Twillingate comes from the French word "Toulinquet" which was given to the islands by French fishermen, who named them after a group of islands off the French coast, near Brest, also called Toulinquet.
Geocaching is an outdoor activity that is fast gaining a following in Twillingate. A great way to explore the outdoors and add a fun adventure element to it.
Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.
Currently, there are almost 20 chaches, or hidden treasures, logged on the official Geocaching Website. To participate, the first step, of course, is to visit Twillingate!
Look the caches up on Geocaching.com, unravel the directions and start searching. If you would like to follow the "official" guidelines for geocaching, these are the steps:
At its simplest level, geocaching requires these 8 steps:
- Register for a free Geocaching Basic Membership.
- Visit the "Hide & Seek a Cache" page.
- Enter your postal code and click "search."
- Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
- Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
- Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
- Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
- Share your geocaching stories and photos online.
What is in a Geocache?
Well, the anwer to this question, of course, is to find out for yourself. Generally a cache is a weatherproof container that is hidden that contains a logbook, pen or pencil and items of small value that are traded. When a cache is uncovered, the geocacher makes an entry in the logbook and can take an item from the cache in exchange for an item of similar value.
Sounds too Complicated?
At its simplest level, simply look up online where the caches are, take a backpack, camera, pack a picnic and set out to explore. Like all games though, it gets more fun when participating with others and "following the rules"... but that is only for those with a bit of a competitive spirit!
Recently, avid geocachers Kristy Hodinott and Will Martell explored the caches of Twillingate and sent us these photographs from their adventure. What a great way to get off the beaten track and see the real Twillingate!
Photo Credit: Kristy Hodinott