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Traditional Geocache

Sucker Hunt at Welbeck

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Hidden : 3/24/2017
In Ontario, Canada
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


This cache has been placed as part of an initiative by the County of Peterborough, its member municipalities, the City of Peterborough and local First Nation communities to celebrate Canada 150+. There are 23 geocaches placed throughout the region showcasing local history.

If you would like to participate in this initiative you can download a Travel Diary at (Geocaching at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism). Find at least one geocache in each of the Townships, First Nations and in the City and stamp your Travel Diary. Once you have completed the Travel Diary, you can visit the Peterborough and the Kawartha’s Tourism office to pick up a limited geocoin.

On the lid of the cache container you will see a stamp. If you have a stamp pad with you, great, use that to ink the stamp and stamp your Travel Diary. If not, use the crayon or the pencil in the cache container to "rub" the impression of the stamp on your Travel Diary.

For almost 75 years, the mill dam down the road in Westwood would close at 8am on the 1st Friday in May.  As the water subsided at Welbeck, a well-known nearby farm run by the Brackenridge family, men, boys & sometimes girls waded into shallow water and threw the white suckers onto the banks with their hands or forks.  These spring "sucker hunts" were once common across rural Ontario, while these fish migrated upstream to their spawning beds.  

Locals gathered the fish into sacks or baskets to be taken away and eaten immediately or canned for later use.  Many tons of fish were taken each year.  So popular was this day, that it was recognized in Westwood as a school holiday.  In 1925, 300 people were reported in attendance, while there were more than 100 cars parked at Welbeck in 1938.  The tradition continued for as long as patriach, Bill Brackenridge, was alive. 

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

25-03-37

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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Last Updated: on 10/3/2017 4:08:27 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:08 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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