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Historic adventure courtesy of Callander’s museum and library

Geocaching scavenger hunt brings ‘history to life’
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Callander's museum and public library have teamed up to put on a scavenger hunt of historic proportions / File photo of Callander's museum

Callander’s public library and museum have teamed up to produce a geocache scavenger hunt that highlights local history.

Geocaching allows people to use GPS co-ordinates to locate hidden “caches” throughout Callander, cleverly placed by museum and library staff.

“All of the caches in this adventure are family-friendly and accessible,” library staff explain. “The goal of this program is to encourage the public to explore the history of Callander in a fun way that everyone can enjoy.”

If you have phone or tablet with data or a GPS device, you can partake in this historic adventure. Following the GPS co-ordinates will lead to such discoveries as Amelia Earhart’s visit, or the time when main street was overrun with circus animals.

“We’re excited for this fun way to share some of the strange and interesting history of Callander,” explained Natasha Wiatr, the museum’s curator.

Each item has been curated by museum and library staff to offer insight into Callander’s past. All the caches are located throughout the downtown area, and each contains a different historical fact and picture regarding that location.

“We’re hoping that people will engage with their local history by exploring the actual locations while finding information and pictures in the geocaches that will then bring that history to life for them,” Wiatr explained.

The weather is fine for a geocaching adventure, and the caches will remain until winter, staff explain. When the snow flies, the caches will be brought in but will return in spring.

To take part in the scavenger hunt, visit the library or museum for information on getting started.

Also feel free to call the library’s CEO Melissa Sones at 705-752-2544, or ring up the museum’s curator, Natasha Wiatr at 705-752-8828.

David Briggs

About the Author: David Briggs

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering civic and diversity issues for BayToday. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada
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