John Goatcher, a local geocacher, sent me a map that overlays geocaches in and around Gatineau Park on top of the map found on page 39 of the Gatineau Park Ecosystem Conservation Plan (GPECP). As he commented in my earlier post on geocaching and the GPECP, it’s surprising that more geocaches aren’t in the “integral conservation zone” (the dark olive area in the maps), given that it covers roughly half of the total area of Gatineau Park. As you’ll recall from my previous post, geocaches in the ICZ “will be relocated in areas that are less sensitive before the end of summer 2010”.
About half of the potentially affected geocaches are in the southern part of the park, along the Eardley Escarpment and Champlain Parkway, which makes sense since this part of the park is more accessible to the general public.
Most of the other caches are further north where the network of parkways doesn’t extend. I don’t believe I’ve found any of the caches shown below so I’m not really sure how they’re accessed, but presumably it’s by the trail network, and possibly some bushwhacking.
Now, before the owners of geocaches in the ICZ start pulling their caches, they should probably check with the Gatineau Park conservation officers. It may turn out that their caches are in acceptable locations if they’re along the trails and similar locations.
A tip o’ the hat to John for preparing the map.