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Mystery Cache

BCATP Airfield - DeWinton

A cache by 4boehms Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 6/24/2009
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The Airfield at DeWinton
Looking West Across the DeWinton Airfield

The cache contiainer is not located at the posted coordinates. You will have to drive to the final location.

This regular-sized puzzle cache is located at the site of a British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) airfield that was active during the Second World War. It is now private property, and, sadly, there is no signage to mark its historical significance. You can see from the road a few concrete structures that date back to when the airfield was home to #31 Elementary Flying Training School in the early 1940's. There is some excellent information available online that describes the BCATP and places the DeWinton airfield in its historical context.

There are two ways to uncover the final coordinates. The easiest way is to decrypt the hint on this webpage and follow its guidance. The riskier way is invest in a trip to the posted coordinates and break the code onsite. The puzzle is intentionally easy as the main purpose of the cache is to highlight this location's role in Canada's wartime history. No matter which way you choose to solve the puzzle, your task is to decipher the red letters in the strings below using the sign at the posted coordinates as the key.


You can verify your solution on Be aware that you do not need to go on private property to reach the final coordinates. They are accessible on a public road that does not appear on Google maps.

In keeping with the spirit of the location, the initial contents of the cache have an airplane and/or military theme. Please bring appropriate trade goods.

Related Caches:
BCATP Airfield - Calgary North (GC1TWER)
BCATP Airfield - High River (GC1TP2H)

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

bar bs gur tnyyrel vzntrf jvyy fnir lbh n qevir

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



  • DeWinton Airfield - looking westThe view looking west across the DeWinton Airfield. At ground level, it is very difficult to make out the runways.
  • DeWinton Airfield from SpaceThis is a modern satellite image of the DeWinton Airfield. It shows some public roads that do not appear on Google Maps.
  • DeWinton Airfield TodayThis view looks east across the DeWinton Airfield from the road. The concrete structures in the distance date to the early 1940's.

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Last Updated: on 2/7/2018 11:20:57 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (7:20 AM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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