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After a long winter of virtual meetings and stay-at-home measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, Canadians and Americans are moving outside for a real-life bounty hunt.

In Manitoba, the geocaching craze became a hobby for at least 4,000 new members last year, says Nathan Kachur, president of the Manitoba Geocaching Association. That’s a 30% to 40% increase. 100 compared to three years before the pandemic.

Geocaching involves looking for small packets called caches that are hidden by other players and saved with GPS coordinates or other clues. Packages can be hidden anywhere – deep in a forest, on a city sidewalk, or at the top of a playground slide.

Inside the caches, people find inexpensive toys or knickknacks to trade in and a logbook to sign their name on. Boxes should be placed exactly where they were found.

“It was definitely a very geeky sport or activity,” Kachur said of geocaching before the pandemic.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this form of scavenger hunt has grown in popularity – at least in part because it’s done outdoors, can be done alone or with the family, it’s fun for everyone. ages and doesn’t require a lot of equipment, says Kachur.

“Over time, the evolution of smartphones has definitely made them more accessible,” he said.

WATCH | Manitoba’s Adventure Seekers:

Requiring little equipment and minimal cost, geocaching has become an accessible way for Manitobans to get out and find freedom, at a time when the coronavirus is said to keep them locked inside. 0:58

Jordan McPeek has been geocaching since 2008 and has discovered over 4,500 hiding places in Manitoba and beyond.

“It’s something that gets you out and makes you active. For someone like me, it helps motivate your exit, ”he told TBEN’s Marjorie Dowhos.

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Cash and cold

Meanwhile, south of the border, somewhere in the state of Maine, there is a hidden stash of US $ 20,000 that treasure seekers are urged to find.

The creators of the scavenger hunt and the company behind the hunt, Dirigo Treasures LLC, are Kurt and Kelly Stokes of Newcastle, Lincoln County News reports. It took three years to organize and package the elaborate hide and seek game.

“We created the game to celebrate 200 years of the state of Maine,” Kurt Stokes told the newspaper. “What better way to celebrate Maine than to get people out of home, out of their city, and to explore parts of the state they never knew existed?”

Finding Dirigo’s treasure will involve solving a secret, riddle, and puzzle. To get started, you need to purchase a deck of cards or flash cards for $ 19.99 or $ 39.99, with one dollar of each sale going to the Maine Cancer Foundation.

The couple ensured that the quest for the hidden treasure was legal, ethical and environmentally friendly.

“We stuck to the Leave No Trace principles,” said Kurt Stokes.

Pirates of Toronto with an environmental benefit

Self-proclaimed Sludge Pirates of Ontario Evan Sabba and Neil Girvan turned their magnet fishing adventures in Toronto into a weekly YouTube show.

One of the reasons they remove objects from Lake Ontario using strong magnets on a rope is to help clean the water from rusted metal or other hazardous materials.

“You’ll mostly find nuts and bolts, but sometimes you get a watch or a cool old lighter or something,” Sabba told Metro Morning’s Ismaila Alfa. Anything that is taken out of the water then goes for garbage collection or recycling, or if the items are too big, they call and have it removed.

“Certainly not put it back in the water. That’s not our intention. Once we take it out, it’s cleaning up the water, and we put it in the trash.” Sabba said.

“The funny thing is, you don’t really see it until it breaks the surface.”

“People think we are crazy. A lot of people think that we also work for the city in one way or another, that it’s kind of a city job, as they see us, why else would we do it? we do this? ”said Girvan.

“It’s impossible not to have fun. You might not get something, but you will definitely have fun.”

Morning metro7:36Mud pirates fish for trash and gold with a magnet

Evan Sabba and Neil Girvan are self-proclaimed PIRATES who search for the treasure of Lake Ontario by fishing for other people’s garbage using a giant magnet. 7:36

Pirate treasure in Newfoundland

Newfoundland’s moss, rocks and cliffs are teeming with legends of pirate treasures, says folk doctoral candidate Katie Crane, who spoke to the St. John’s Morning Show on Tuesday.

The granddaughter of Otto Tucker, a supporter of Newfoundland history and culture, was the keeper of an iron treasure chest discovered in a cave on Winterton Mountain called the Sugar Loaf Mountain there. is about 100 years old.

She describes it as “a square metal chest that at one point seems to have ornate plaques on the front that have been removed and beyond, it’s just an iron chest. It’s really heavy.”

The story Crane has told all his life dates back to a long time ago, two young brothers found a cave far away on the cliffs of Sugarloaf Mountain. “Inside the cave, on a rocky ledge was this chest, which they kind of lowered onto the side of the cliff, and then they opened it on the beach, fully expecting to find there. a treasure.

LISTEN | The granddaughter of the Pain de Sucre treasure chest keeper tells it all:

Saint-Jean morning show7:16Treasure chest

The story of a mysterious chest found in a hidden cave in Trinity Bay. We chat with Folk PhD candidate Katie Crane about her family’s connection to this story. 7:16

Instead of finding a treasure, there were papers, useless to the couple who could not read. Since the boys had “borrowed a boat without permission” and thought they would be punished, they decided to burn the papers (or throw them away – depending on who you ask).

“The missing papers are what fuels this legend and gives it its power. With the lack of papers it continues the stories and allows people to interact with the story, to give their own opinions and ideas and that gives it life. longevity, ”Crane said.

The chest, now kept in the Wooden Boat Museum, has been recorded as probably dating from the 19th century, which is too recent for the pirates who were rightfully in the area in the 1600s and 1700s.

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