"It's not what you look at that
matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau
In May of 2000 a small container was placed in a secret spot
in Oregon, USA, to be found by treasure hunters using signals
from orbiting satellites or GPS. The item was found and sparked
a movement around the world to develop this brand new hobby.
There are nearly two million geo caches around the world and
the people that go hunting for the caches number in the millions
with more joining the treasure hunt every year.
For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof
container containing a log book (with pen or pencil) then
record the cache's coordinates. These coordinates, along with
other details of the location, are posted on a listing site.
Other geocachers obtain the coordinates from that listing
site and seek out the cache using their GPS handheld receivers.
The finding geocachers record their exploits in the logbook
For more information on how to Geocache, go to http://www.geocaching.com/guide/default.aspx
A group of local geocachers, known as the West Chilcotin
Cachers, has been fundamental in designing and setting up
a series of basic geocaches all along Highway 20 in the Chilcotin,
the only highway corridor from Williams Lake to Bella Coola
and called the Freedom Highway for a reason. (More information
about how the Road was pushed through can be found at the
bottom of the page.) So far they have set up 80 of them called
the Freedom Road Series, as well as a website to help you
along on this hunt. There are some good suggestions on the
website and it is strongly suggested that you heed the advice
regarding wild animals.
The following is an excerpt from the website set up by the
"This series of geocaches has been placed to honor
the courage and Herculean efforts of the pioneers who built
the Freedom Road, a length of highway that many said could
not be built.
The caches are close to the road and meant to be quickly
found. All are located on the plateau, not on
the hill. Park safely, and be aware of your surroundings.
This is a wilderness area. Please visit Freedom
Road Series for info, caching tips, series etiquette,
The Chilcotin community is behind this venture and we welcome
geocaching enthusiasts. The stores, campgrounds, restaurants,
resorts, and gas stations are prepared to serve you. We appreciate
The Freedom Highway from Anahim Lake to Bella Coola
was an engineering feat accomplished by locals that the Canadian
government refused to tackle. "The Freedom Highway"
was so named to commemorate Bella Coola's inclusion with the
rest of British Columbia by road - or by two ruts - as most
described it. The government refused to help build an overland
route from Bella Coola to Anahim Lake where Highway 20 continued
to Williams Lake. Locals got together with $250, dynamite,
equipment and two years of sheer determination and backbreaking
work to build a road up the rock face of the mountains in
the Coast Range.
On September 26, 1953, the catskinner from Bella Coola touched
the blade of his cat to that of the cat driver moving the
last of the boulders out of the way from Anahim Lake above.
It still took 10 hours to drive the 90 miles from the port
of Bella Coola to Anahim Lake but it was enough to convince
the government that it could be done, and they took over road
improvements in 1955. It is still an 'interesting' drive and
the steepest highway in Canada with an 18% grade, although
in recent years that has been reduced to 15% or less and the
route now only takes two hours to accomplish from Bella Coola
to Anahim Lake.