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Geocaching in Surrey Parks

Geocaching is an outdoor activity that is similar to a treasure hunt. The goal is to find hidden containers known as "caches" or "geocaches" using a portable satellite navigation device called a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. Individuals who practice this activity (generally referred to as "cachers" or "geocachers") place a cache in an outdoor location and post the cache's location coordinates on the internet. Other geocachers then use their GPS device to find the caches. Once the participant has found the cache, they may log their findings on the internet. Try geocaching with Partners in Parks!

The City of Surrey has implemented a geocaching procedure to promote environmentally sound geocaching on City park land. Geocachers must contact the Parks Division prior to placing a cache. Please read the following if you are interested in placing a geocache in a City of Surrey park.

All geocaches placed within a City of Surrey park must:

  • Be placed on marked and maintained trails or in publicly accessible areas (e.g. picnic areas).
  • Not disturb park resources (e.g. vegetation, soil) and/or cultural resources, or interfere with the use of the park.
  • Be watertight.
  • Be made of material that will withstand wind, rain, frost and other natural elements.
  • Be neutrally coloured so as not to stand out.
  • Not be placed in containers that have been used for food, as odours could attract wildlife.
  • Be marked "geocache" and have the owner's name and contact information inside.

Geocaching is not permitted in the following parks or park areas:

  • Green Timbers Urban Forest
  • Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest
  • The Glades Park
  • Darts Hill Park
  • The formal gardens at Fleetwood Park, City Hall, Hawthorne Park or Bear Creek Park
  • Playing surfaces such as sports fields, tennis courts, etc.

Obtaining approval to place a geocache:

Prior to placing a geocache, geocachers are required to either meet with City staff at the proposed park site to discuss the proposed location of their cache or provide maps and photos of proposed locations via email. Authorization will be confirmed by a letter from the City to the geocacher.

To obtain approval, or for any further information, please contact the Parks Division:

Nadia Chan, Natural Areas Coordinator
604-501-5167
NChan@surrey.ca