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Shuswap Mass Cache Dash Kickoff

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Hidden : Saturday, 09 July 2011
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Shuswap Mass Cache Dash

Join us in Salmon Arm, BC on July 9th 2011 for the

Shuswap Mass Cache Dash Event!

If you can attend...

Anyone is welcome to attend this event, free of charge. However, if you are planning on attending, you must post a "Will Attend" log stating your intention to come. Please also include in your log the number of people in your geocaching party that will be coming.

Salmon Arm is located approximately half-way between Vancouver BC and Calgary AB along the Trans-Canada highway.

A small but thriving town of nearly 20,000 residents, Salmon Arm's population swells during the summer as a very popular destination for visitors. With it's extensive trail systems and incredibly scenic locations, Salmon Arm boasts a thriving geocaching community and it's close proximity to the nearby geocaching hotspots of Kamloops, Vernon and Kelowna make it a perfect geocaching destination. There are over 1000 geocaches within 80km (50 miles) of the event site, enough to keep even the most prolific geocachers very busy!

Geocaches & Prizes

You can find the details of the all-day geocaching marathon to find over 100 new geocaches specifically placed for this occasion in a separate discussion, but the official event will get started at 8:00am sharp at the listed coordinates.

At the event, you will have the opportunity to sign the log book, view or share trackables, meet & greet with other cachers. We will also have some refreshments available and you can enter the prize draw.

Meet & Greet

The event will get underway at 8:00am sharp, we have picked this timeslot to allow for those communting in to make it in, while still leaving you lots of time to go geocaching. This will also be your chance to sign the event logbook, meet other cachers, swap geocaching stories, and get the low-down on geocaches in the area.


Thanks to sponsors, refreshments will be provided during the event for your enjoyment. If you feel inclined to bring something then by all means you're welcome to, but it's certainly not necessary.


If you collect trackables (or even if you just have a few that you've picked up and like to bring along), please bring them along to show at the event. If you have a sizable geocoin collection, please print off a list of codes (or contact us and we'll make one up for you) to make it easy on those wanting to log your trackables.

If you've picked up any trackables in your travels, this event is a good opportunity to pass them along to another cacher to move along, or drop them in a local cache. So dust off those TB's and coins - others want to see them!

Salmon Arm Map

Getting Here

If you don't live too far away, you'll probably want to drive - after all, you'll want to geocache in and around Salmon Arm. However, if driving isn't an option for you, flying into Kelowna International Airport is your best bet.

There are plenty of car rental options available (be sure to book well in advance), the airport is located one hour and fifteen minutes south of the event; just follow highway 97A through Vernon to the 97B turnoff, and then all the way to the event grounds. Oh and give yourself plenty of extra time, there's lots of geocaches to get along the way!

At the event grounds there are two locations to park: The canoe beach parking area, and the overflow parking lot across the street. As parking is limited, if you are staying at a Salmon Arm hotel, campground or RV park, you may want to ask around and see if you can carpool. Plus, this is a great way to make new geocaching friends.

Where To Stay

Podollan Inn (250) 832-6025 or 1-888-668-4180
1460 TransCanada Hwy NE, V1E 4N1
Prestige Hotel (250) 833-5800 or 1-877-737-8443
251 Harbourfront Drive NE, V1E 2W7
Holiday Inn Express (250) 832-7711
1090-22 Street NE, V1E 2V5
Travelodge (250) 832-9721
2401 Trans Canada Highway, V1E 4P7
Best Western (250) 832-9793
61 10th Street SW, V1E 1E4
Super8 (250) 832-8812
2901 10th Ave NE, V1E 2S3
Travellers Rest (250) 832-3075 or 1-800-997-7993
6410 Trans Canada Hwy NE, V1E 1X6
Inn at the Ninth Hole (250) 833-0185 or 1-800-221-5955
5091 20th Ave SE, V1E 1X6
Apple Grove Motel, Campground & RV Park (250) 832-6955
6000 Trans Canada Hwy NE, V1E 4M4
Salmon River Motel & RV Park (250) 832-3065
910 Trans Canada Hwy SW, V1E 4M2
A Rover's Rest B&B (250) 675-4405 or (866) 768-3722
2660 Balmoral Road, Blind Bay V0E 1H1
Mcguire Lake Inn (250) 832-2129
551 Trans-Canada Highway, V1E 4R8

Distance Chart
Location Distance Driving Time
Vernon, BC 64 km
40 mi
1 hour
Kamloops, BC 120 km
74 mi
1 hr 20 min
Kelowna, BC 111 km
69 mi
1 hr 40 min
Penticton, BC 178 km
110 mi
2 hr 40 min
Princeton, BC 291 km
180 mi
3 hr 30 min
Abbotsford, BC 402 km
250 mi
4 hr 40 min
Castlegar, BC 340 km
211 mi
4 hr 50 min
Vancouver, BC 471 km
293 mi
5 hr 30 min
Calgary, AB 504 km
313 mi
6 hr 45 min
Spokane, WA 511 km
317 mi
6 hr 50 min
Groundspeak HQ 580 km
361 Mi
7 hours
Location Distance Driving Time
Victoria, BC 572 km
355 mi
~8 hours
Nanaimo, BC 551 km
342 mi
~8 hours
Prince George, BC 589 km
366 mi
8 hr 20 min
Portland, OR 864 km
536 mi
9 hr 30 min
Salt Lake City, UT 1,667 km
1,035 mi
18 hours
Sacramento, CA 1,795 km
1,115 mi
19 hours
Toronto, ON 3,070 km
1,900 mi
Ottawa, ON 3,245 km
2,015 mi
New York, NY 3,625 km
2,252 mi
London, UK 7,300 km
4,530 mi
Sydney, Australia 12,790 km
7,950 mi

Climate and Weather

Salmon Arm has great summer weather, with typically warm and sunny days and temperatures around 27°C (80°F) but of course be prepared for the unexpected and dress accordingly. You may also want to bring along your bathing suit, as the event grounds are across the street from the popular Canoe Beach, a favorite destination for Salmon Arm residents and visitors.

Salmon Arm Climate (July)
Record High °C (°F) 38.5
Average High °C (°F) 25.9
Average Low °C (°F) 11.4
Rain mm (inches) 53.9
Salmon Arm's Climate at Environment Canada
Salmon Arm Weather Forecast


If you can attend...

Anyone is welcome to attend this event, free of charge. However, if you are planning on attending, you must post a "Will Attend" log stating your intention to come. Please also include in your log the number of people in your geocaching party that will be coming.

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