New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project
November 7th, 2014
The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick has partnered with the Fredericton Region Geocachers to establish the New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project (NBGWGP) to commemorate New Brunswick’s participation in the First World War. There are 24 geocaches located throughout the Greater Fredericton and Oromocto Region.
The first 150 Geocachers to find all 24 geocaches will be awarded a commemorative Geocoin. Based on the success of the group’s War of 1812 GeoTrail, the Gregg Centre for the Study of War & Society, in conjunction with the Fredericton Region Museum, approached the NBGWGP to create a GeoTrail. The project was officially launched on 1 November 2014.
“This project owes its success to many partners including the Province of New Brunswick, the Provincial Commemorations Committee, The City of Fredericton, The Fredericton Region Museum and the Fredericton Area Geocachers” said Randall Haslett CD CFP, Regimental Major of the New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project.
“One of the geocaches is a tribute to Brigadier Milton Gregg, VC, who was born in Mountain Dale, New Brunswick and is located in the Headquarters of 2 Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment”, said Brent Wilson of the Gregg Centre at UNB and a main project partner. “Brigadier Gregg represents the bravery of so many Canadian soldiers during the First World War and it is fitting that he is included in this geocache as it will help educate New Brunswickers about the great personalities and sacrifices of this period in our shared history”. This geocache is located in the Gregg Barracks entrance, near the Gregg exhibit along with the unit Colours. This is a very prestigious location for a geocache.
LCol R.N. Washburn Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment was very pleased to honour Brigadier Milton Gregg VC with this special Geocache as his Headquarters building is named the Gregg Barracks.
“I had a geocaching surprise for my girlfriend. I hid an engagement ring in a geocache on the top of a mountain. When she and I began to climb the mountain a surprise front came through and it started to rain. She said she wasn’t climbing up the mountain in the pouring rain. So I started back up and hoped she would follow. She did! When she opened the cache, she found her ring!”
Geocaching is a growing activity which only requires a smartphone and is great for families and individuals.
It has proven to be an economic engine bringing tourists to New Brunswick to discover its natural and cultural heritage while pursuing Geocaches.
There are approximately 1.2 million Geocachers worldwide and the number is growing every day.
Next summer over 500 Geocachers will descend on Moncton for the third annual Maritime Mega Geocaching Event. It is anticipated that they will also come to Fredericton to Geocache.
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