USEFUL LINKS

General Geocaching Links


 Regional Geocaching Guidelines — British Columbia

This list is a good starting point for checking to see whether the proposed location of your new cache is in an area that might be off-limits, require a special permit, or has other details you’ll need to address before your cache can be published.

Note — this list is a work in progress, and should not be considered as a complete list, but is a good starting point for thinking about your next cache location!

  • National Parks are out of bounds for geocaches unless there is express permission by the local park authority.
  • Department of National Defence property is out of bounds for all geocaching — in BC, locations in Comox and Esquimalt.
  • BC Ecological Reserves are out of bounds. These are areas that are managed by BC Parks, but are not classed as parks, but rather have “Ecological Reserve” or “ER” in their name.
  • BC Provincial Parks do permit geocaches in many areas, but require that caches and their owners comply with specific requirements regarding cache placement, labelling, and contents.  Please review the policy guidelines before submitting your new cache to ensure it meets these guidelines, and post a reviewer note with your new cache affirming that your cache is in compliance with the guidelines — it will help speed up the review process for your new cache if you include this information when you submit your cache for review.

Local Geocaching Guidelines — British Columbia


Regional Geocaching Guidelines — Washington

This list is a good starting point for checking to see whether the proposed location of your new cache is in an area that might be off-limits, require a special permit, or has other details you’ll need to address before your cache can be published.

Note — this list is a work in progress, and should not be considered as a complete list, but is a good starting point for thinking about your next cache location!

  • National Parks Geocaches may be approved on a case-by-case basis.  The link includes the official policy review for national parks.
  • Washington State Parks A permit is required for all geocaches placed in state parks.  The link includes all the information and instructions on how to apply for a permit.

Local Geocaching Guidelines — Washington

2 Responses to USEFUL LINKS

  1. Derek says:

    Just thinking of setting up a night cache in Stanley Park, but can’t find anything regarding caching rules for the park.
    If you could point me in the correct direction, it would be great.

    Thanks for all you do for us cachers.
    Derek

    • THE WIZ says:

      Hi Derek,

      While there are no specific rules for placing caches in Stanley Park, most parks are closed to the public during hours of darkness, which obviously rules out night caches. The place to start would be to contact the City of Vancouver Parks Department to see if they restrict use of the park after dark, as well as their policy on placing reflective tacks or other objects into living trees in the park. The geocaching guidelines state

      You assure us that you have the landowner’s and/or land manager’s permission before you hide any geocache, whether placed on private or public property.

      By submitting a cache listing, you assure us that you have adequate permission to hide your cache in the selected location. If you have permission to place a cache on private property, indicate this on the cache listing for the benefit of the reviewer and those seeking the cache.

      In the case of public property, permission can often be obtained from the agency or association that manages the land. Worldwide, there are many such agencies and organizations that regulate geocaching on their managed land. As the cache owner you are responsible for determining who to contact to obtain permission. As community volunteer reviewers become aware of geocache placement policies for a certain location, they may add it to the Regional Geocaching Policies Wiki.

      Even if you are certain that geocaching is permitted on particular public property, ensure that you have followed any and all requirements established by the land owner or land management agency before placing the cache. There may be locations in which cache hides are inappropriate, even though not prohibited by local laws.

      If Groundspeak is contacted and informed that your cache has been placed inappropriately, your cache may be temporarily disabled or permanently archived.

      Wiz

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