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High tech way to get active

Posted: August 14, 2008

From Bayshore Broadcasting (CFOS)

Written by Emily Carter

The Grey Bruce Health Unit and Bruce County Libraries want to get families off the couch and on to the trails.

Geocaching systems are now offered for loan at Grey and Bruce libraries.

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt using hand held GPS systems that incorporates exercise, the outdoors and technology.

Ray Gilbert, Executive Director for the Grey Bruce Trail Network says it's a great way for families and friends to get outdoors and appreciate some of the sights Grey Bruce has to offer.

Individuals, or teams use a GPS system to locate containers called "geocaches" that contain treasure.  Once found, the user can take the treasure, and replace it with something else for the next person. 

The kit includes a GPS unit, instructions and a guide to the trails in Grey and Bruce Counties. 

Geocaching kits are currently available at half of the libraries in Grey Bruce. ( Meaford, Hanover, Thornbury, Grey Highlands, Durham Region, Dundalk, Owen Sound and Port Elgin)

Each Geocaching kit is valued at two hundred and fifty dollars.

Gilbert adds, that with further funding they are hoping to have geocaching kits in every library by next year.

The Bruce Grey Trail Network has partnered with the Grey Bruce Partners in Health, the Grey Bruce Health Unit and the Bruce and Grey County Library systems to bring the program to libraries in Grey and Bruce.


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