Here are a few things you should know when geocaching in a provincial park:
1. Authorization to place a geocache in a provincial park is required.
To hide a geocache in a provincial park, authorization must first be obtained from Manitoba Parks and Natural Areas. Authorization can be obtained by following the link to the online application form located at the bottom of the page. If your application is approved by Manitoba Parks and Natural Areas, you may then go to geocaching.com and apply to have the location published on the official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site.
2. Geocaches are permitted only in parks with certain classifications and in certain Land Use Categories (LUCs).
In Natural and Recreation Park classifications, Physical caches are permitted in Backcountry, Recreational Development, Resource Management and Access LUCs.
In Wilderness and Heritage parks, as well as Wilderness or Heritage LUCs within other parks, only caches without a physical container (such as Virtual caches, EarthCaches and Waymarks) will be permitted.
For park classifications and maps of LUC boundaries in provincial parks, please refer to the System Plan for Manitoba’s Provincial Parks. Assistance in identifying LUC boundaries may be obtained from Parks and Natural Areas staff by calling 1-800-214-6497.
3. Please remember that large sized containers may not be cached in provincial parks, and that containers which previously held food are not suitable for caching.
Containers must be durable, water resistant and no larger than 30cm x 30cm x 15cm in size (micro, small or regular sized containers). Caches may not contain food or potentially dangerous or illegal goods such as explosives, ammunition, knives weapons, alcohol or drugs. For more information on geocache containers and contents, please see How to Hide a Geocache at http://mbgeocaching.ca/.
Authorization for individual cache locations will be determined at the discretion of local park supervisors. Cache locations in areas deemed to be particularly environmentally sensitive (e.g. the Cedar Bog Trail in Birds Hill Provincial Park) will not be approved. Generally, a geocache may not be hidden:
a) In areas where new trails or clearings would be created due to the cache;
b) Where retrieval would entail digging, vegetation damage or other environmental impacts;
c) On or adjacent to campsite, vacation home, commercial lots or other development sites;
d) In group use areas or other sites which can be reserved for private use;
e) In resource use areas, such as active logging, mining, hunting or trap line areas;
f) On or affixed to any park signs or structures.
Please note that deer trails are not considered marked and maintained trails and should not be used for geocaching purposes.