GeoBayCaching

New Geocache Designs Being Implemented

The GeoBayCaching program we introduced a couple of years ago is undergoing an update and refresh. We have discovered that the cache containers we originally used were being abused by the locals, bears in at least one case, or decomposing as a result of the elements.

The new geocaches are now being built with commercial grade 4″ PVC pipe and fittings. They should stand up to the elements. We’ve added a red band to the caches that capture the sense of our local Red Rock Island Lighthouse.

Three of the new geocaches have been deployed by Commander John Mason in the past week. The new geocaches are located on The Pancakes, Franklin Island and Windsor Island. The idea of the GeoBayCache program is to encourage people to get out and explore, not play hide-and-seek. The locations of most of the geocaches are sufficiently out-of-the-way that there is no need to ‘hide’ them once you get close.

If you get out to a location and can’t find the geocache, please let us know (communications@parrysoundboating.ca). Here’s hoping that the geocaches don’t become collector items.

The New Power and Sail Squadron Geocaches

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Geocache Placed – Winnett Island

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron’s seventh GeoBayCache has been placed and confirmed on Winnett Island. It’s officially Cache #5.

The cache coordinates are:
45.178171º
-80.098477º

This is the same as:

45°10.6903′
-080°05.9086′

Depending on whether you are using a Degrees or Degrees/Minutes format.

This is an easier cache to access from the government docks at Winnett Island, there seems to be lots of deep water. The cache itself is less than a couple hundred meters away from the dock area. As you are well aware GPS coordinates are at best ‘close’, for a variety of reasons they may be +/- up to ten meters ‘off’. So be sure to look around for the cache in the general area of the coordinates. To make things a little easier a couple of photos are posted below that can help you locate the cache. Please post up a note on our Facebook page, or a comment on this site, when you locate one of the caches. Let us know if the cache is missing (it shouldn’t be too hard to find), or it is damaged or missing any items (notepad, pencil/pen, cache cards).

Cache on Winnett Island

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Geocache Placed – Wreck Island

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron’s sixth GeoBayCache has been placed and confirmed on Wreck Island in the Massasauga Provincial Park. It’s officially Cache #2.

The cache coordinates are:
45.139549º
-080.107821º

This is the same as:
45º 08.373′
-080º 05.909′

Depending on whether you are using a Degrees or Degrees/Minutes format.

This is an easier cache to access from the government docks at Wreck Island. The cache itself is less than a hundred meters away from the picnic area. As you are well aware GPS coordinates are at best ‘close’, for a variety of reasons they may be +/- up to ten meters ‘off’. So be sure to look around for the cache in the general area of the coordinates. To make things a little easier a couple of photos are posted below that can help you locate the cache. Please post up a note on our Facebook page, or a comment on this site, when you locate one of the caches.

The Cache on Wreck Island

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Geocache Placed – Windsor Island

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron’s fifth GeoBayCache has been placed and confirmed on Windsor Island, on the southwest of Franklin Island. It’s officially Cache #6.

The cache coordinates are:
45.38033º
-080.34578º

This is the same as:
45º 22.820′
-080º 20.747′

Depending on whether you are using a Degrees or Degrees/Minutes format.

This is a trickier cache to access as there is no government dock. It will mean pulling up to the shore or anchoring out and using a dinghy to get to shore. It has been suggested that the best approach is from the east in an area that is referred to as Windsor Island Harbour. On some charts an anchorage is shown that is close to where the cache can be found.

Geocache Placed – The Pancakes

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron’s fourth GeoBayCache has been placed and confirmed on The Pancakes, an island a couple of kilometres south of Snug Harbour. (Our Commander managed to place this one and a couple others last weekend and I’m just getting around to posting them up.) It’s officially Cache #9.

The cache coordinates are:
45.34040º
-080.29472º

This is the same as:
45º 20.424′
-080º 17.683′

Depending on whether you are using a Degrees or Degrees/Minutes format.

There is a government dock on The Pancakes, but it can fill up so be prepared to circle back in an hour if you don’t want to anchor and ‘dinghy’ in to shore. The water is high enough that access to the dock is much easier than in previous years. The island itself is quite flat, ergo the name, and quite easy to get around and explore. It also offers some crude but quite usable bathroom facilities.

As always (You are a Power Squadron graduate aren’t you?) be careful on the water and on the islands. You may come across poison ivy and the protected Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. Neither should be a concern if you keep your eyes and ears open and your hands to yourself.

Check out information at the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron GeoBayCaching page for information on the Squadron’s geocaching program.

Geocache Placed – Regatta Bay (Franklin Island)

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron’s third GeoBayCache has been placed and confirmed in the Regatta Bay area on Franklin Island. It’s officially Cache #3.

The cache coordinates are:
45.38583º
-080.33467º

This is the same as:
45º 23.150′
-080º 20.080′

Depending on whether you are using a Degrees or Degrees/Minutes format.

There is no government dock in Regatta Bay so you will need to anchor or pull up on shore to find the cache. Wet feet are a possibility. Come August you should find Cardinal flowers marking the general area. The cache itself is not really hidden. The idea of the program is to provide boaters with an opportunity to explore new spots in the Georgian Bay Biosphere.

There seems to be lots of water this year, so there shouldn’t be too many surprises if you follow the charted routes. But be careful on the water and on the islands, you are likely to come across poison ivy and the protected Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. Neither should be a concern if you keep your eyes and ears open and your hands to yourself.

Check out information at the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron GeoBayCaching page for information on the Squadron’s geocaching program.

Geocache Placed – Copegog Island

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron’s second GeoBayCache has been placed and confirmed on Copegog Island. It’s officially Cache #8.

The cache coordinates are:
45.25237º
-080.20081º

This is the same as:
45º 15.14220′
-080º 12.04860′

Depending on whether you are using a Degrees/Minutes or Degrees format.

As with the Huckleberry Island Cache there is a government dock, in this case co-sponsored with the Wasauksing Band, so there won’t be wet feet. The cache itself is on the other side of the island from the dock, less than a 100 meters away, and not really hidden. The idea of the program is to provide boaters with an opportunity to explore new spots in the Georgian Bay Biosphere.

There seems to be lots of water this year, so there shouldn’t be too many surprises if you follow the charted routes. But be careful on the water and on the islands, you are likely to come across poison ivy and the protected Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. Neither should be a concern if you keep your eyes and ears open and your hands to yourself.

Check out information at the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron GeoBayCaching page for information on the Squadron’s geocaching program.

The Dockage at Copegog Island (July 2014)

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First Geocache Placed – Huckleberry Island

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron’s first GeoBayCache has been placed and confirmed on Huckleberry Island. It’s officially Cache #5, but managed to get placed first.

The cache coordinates are:
45.40139º
-80.11776º

This is the same as:
45º 24.08340′
-080º 07.06560′

Depending on where you are using decimal degrees or degrees and minutes.

Good news – with a government dock so there won’t be wet feet. The cache itself is a bit tucked away from the elements, but not really hidden. The idea of the program is to provide boaters with an opportunity to explore new spots in the Georgian Bay Biosphere.

Check out information at the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron GeoBayCaching page for information on the Squadron’s geocaching program. Additional information about Cache #5 can be found at the page on the website.

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