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Cool caches in Canada, according to Signal the Frog®

Before we announced that Signal’s next destination is Canada, we asked you to guess! The survey received over 11,600 responses from around the world.

(Image of survey responses in English)

Over 50% of those who responded selected “Canada. Signal likes poutine,” and were right! Although, it’s still up in the air if Signal actually enjoys poutine. In order to find out, share your favorite poutine recipe (or any Canadian recipe) in the comments for a chance to have your recipe featured in a future blog post!

Even though Signal hasn’t decided what his favorite Canadian recipe is just yet, he is certain that he loves to geocache in Canada. Learn about some of Signal’s top geocaches in Canada and start caching in on the beauty of Canada.

1. Old McPlumberman Had A Farm (GC6V4ME) in New Brunswick, Canada
This small, snow-dusted farmhouse in New Brunswick, Canada, contains a lot more exciting treasure than a few bales of hay. But it’ll take patience and perseverance to tease out the cache container within.

2. A Hobbit’s Castle – Bobbo Boggins (GC53XQK) in Ontario, Canada
It’s not every day that a hobbit finds the perfect neighborhood, but here in Ontario, Bobbo Boggins has found just the spot to call home. A short (or long depending on which way you go) walk in the woods will lead you to this inspiring cache!

3. The Disappearing Lake (GC1Y1QD) in Alberta, Canada
Oftentimes, geocaching is less about the container, and more about the location. This EarthCache proves just that. Named Medicine Lake, a system of unique underground caves varies the water level of the lake from season to season, often making the lake disappear all together!

4. CLAYTON – SAVAR crossroads bug hotel (GC169B4) in Yukon Territory, Canada
The Sign Post Forest is one of the most popular landmarks along the Alaska Highway in Watson Lake, Yukon. There are nearly 80,000 signs in the park, with the number growing every day as visitors contribute their own signs. Here you’ll find a Travel Bug hotel located somewhere within the Forest. Think you can find it?

From gadget caches to Hobbit homes and every sign in between, Canada is a natural resource of creative geocaches. What’s your favorite cache in Canada?

PS. Don’t forget to share your favorite Canadian recipes in the comments too; after all Signal is going to be hungry after finding so many great geocaches! The last day to submit Where’s Signal Canada events is June 17th. Event inspiration and ideas to come!

  • Applefish

    La poutine à Pauline, au Taxi Diamond, à Jonquière!

  • BFF

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    Signal should certainly try to visit RustyBear cache (GC13QKR) near the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Churchill, Manitoba. Some of his relatives in the area are able to withstand the freezing cold through the winter by freezing their bodies – somehow preventing ice crystals from forming in the tissue….unless you touch them when in that state. Of course, while in the area Signal might see an aurora if he stays up late enough or, if unlucky, might get eaten by a polar bear as they will be coming in off the ice about now.

  • Janice Lynn Richardson William

    Poutine is the best. I know a place in ON that has 100+ kinds. But is has to have cheese curds and gravy otherwise it is just loaded fries NOT poutine.

  • Mariana E. Belli

    Ingredients

    6 to 8 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for frying
    1 shallot, minced
    1 small clove garlic, minced
    2 cups chicken stock
    2 cups beef stock
    2 tablespoons ketchup
    1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    1 tablespoon whole green peppercorns
    1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
    2 cups cheddar cheese curds
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    Directions

    Slice the potatoes lengthwise, about 1/4 inch thick. Stack the slices and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick sticks (or cut the potatoes into fries using a french fry cutter). Place in a large bowl filled with cold water and let sit at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours for extra-crispy fries. Drain well and pat dry or spin dry in a salad spinner.

    Make the gravy: Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken and beef stock, ketchup, vinegar, peppercorns and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil.

    Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the flour and make a roux, stirring until slightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk the stock mixture into the roux and simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Season the gravy with salt and pepper and keep warm.

    Line a baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels. Heat 2 to 3 inches vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F (or use a deep fryer). Fry the potatoes in small batches until whitish yellow, about 8 minutes. Remove with a strainer and drain on the paper towels. Bring the oil temperature to 375 degrees F over high heat. Fry the potatoes in batches again until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain on fresh paper towels. Salt and pepper the fries while hot. Strain the gravy.

    Put the fries in shallow dishes; top with the cheese curds and gravy.

  • Mark O’Ffill

    What are signal’s favorite earthcaches? What about Newfoundland caches?

  • Mark O’Ffill

    Personally, my favorite caches in Canada are virtuals and earthcaches. This earthcache GC4G4A5 is the furthest east earthcache (or cache for that matter) on the North American continent. It has a great view from a beautiful lighthouse. (for full disclosure, yes, I own this earthcache).

  • I highly recommend the Waterton Lake National Park geotrail series. We had a wonderful time with them!

  • Vooley

    Signal should go visit the caches in Moosonee and Moose Factory. Not only is it a great adventure to get there (by train, plane or canoe) and there is lots of history ( find out about Henry Hudson and you can visit the church that floats – and you’ll never guess what it’s ceiling is made of!) but the restaurant in Moosonee has the best Poutine ever! And previous contributors are correct – it MUST be cheese curds to be authentic poutine.

  • Geocaching HQ

    Wow, Mariana! This is quite the recipe, it sounds delicious. Do you have a special name for it?

  • Over 50% of those who responded selected “Canada. Signal likes poutine,” and were right! Although, it’s still up in the air if Signal actually enjoys poutine. In order to find out, share your favorite poutine recipe (or any Canadian recipe) in the comments for a chance to have your recipe featured in a future blog post!

  • E Sand
  • Mariana E. Belli

    Papas Poutine

  • Before we announced that Signal’s next destination is Canada, we asked you to guess! The survey received over 11,600 responses from around the world.

  • No that’s called CNN.