The Algonquin Gateway Business Association will be launching their GeoTour initiative this spring in Highlands East. GeoChaching is an outdoor real life treasure hunt done using GPS devices. People can register online and travel to different locations to find the Caches. Joanne Vanier is on the Geocaching committee and she explains how they’re making this tour different from others.

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Vanier says the tour will take people around seven different hamlets – Irondale, Gooderham, Tory Hill, Wilberforce, Harcourt, Highland Grove, and Cardiff. She explains why they chose Highlands East.

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The committee has been working on this project since March 2014. In July of last year, Highlands East council agreed to put 23 hundred dollars into the project. Vanier says the Rural Economic Development fund also provided 50 per cent of the project’s cost. Along with funds from Haliburton County Development Corporation and the Algonquin Gateway Business Association, they were able to bring the tour together.

The original launch date was set for April, but Vanier said a few delays from the province forced them to push back the launch until May.

Vanier tells The Moose that a GeoTour is a marketing tool to showcase a set of geocaches, as well as the area they’re in. She explains what kind of benefit this tour will have on the municipality.

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Vanier says the committee has already placed some of the caches for the tour, but are building the rest of them to have ready for placement as soon as the snow melts.

The event launch is set for May 9 at the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce. There will be complimentary morning coffee and muffins before people set out on the tour and the day will end with a spaghetti dinner.

To find out more about Geocaching and to sign up, go to their website by clicking here.