A geocache is located at these beautiful falls.
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Geocaching

"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 and online.

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 Cachers.

"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, and facilities."

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 your business!

Two visitors to the Chilcotin search for a geo cache using a GPS

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.

 

The Fisheries Pool on the Atnarko River.
 
Young boys have their compasses and are finding geocaches.
 
A quiet meandering river on Highway 20.
 
Fox looking at the camera.
 
Secret falls in Bella Coola along at the terminus of Highway 20.
 
Leaning trees in Bella Coola Valley.
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