*** Updated July 5,2023 ***
MusikMaker , a HQ Lackey will be in attendance. This will be his 3rd Mega and the first one for which he has had to travel. He is excited to meet other geocachers so let’s show him a warm welcome.
In addition to ACHH Geotour coins we will have a limited number of Geofest 2021/2022 geocoins available to claim for completed passports. In order to minimize driving while doing the Geofest challeng, we suggest that you do the Fredericton’s Railroad Heritage AL before the Historic Sites of Fredericton AL. If you are a craft beer lover we suggest that you don’t do the Fredericton Craft Breweries AL first or you might not make it to the other 3.
Parking may be challenging at Hanwell Place. Please be respectful of the fact that there is NO Parking on Nature Park Drive. There is overflow parking available at Hanwell Park Academy N45 53.404 W66 46.364. Go behind the school and head for GC961MJ. This will take you onto the Recreation Park trails and it will be a 10-minute walk to Hanwell if you don’t stop for caches or Accessibility = Inclusion AL locations.
This is the information we received regarding dogs in the building. “Unfortunately, because it is during business hours, we will not be able to accommodate the geo-pups. If you could pass that message on, to avoid having to ask people to take their dogs back outside, that would be greatly appreciated. They could secure them on the bench out front for the short time for an info session. There is also the watering dish for dogs on the fountain that was just installed. It is to the left as you exit the glass doors from the Hall.”
Road construction season is well under way. Check traffic conditions on Google Maps and/or 511 NB before you set out and build in a little extra travel time.
Above all be sure to have Fun! See you soon!
*** Updated: June 30, 2023 ***
SIGNAL the Frog will be on site for photo ops, at least 12:00 – 1:00, maybe longer
The Prize Draw will take place at 12:55 followed by a Group photo with SIGNAL. You do not have to be in attendance to win.
A special photo shoot with SIGNAL is planned for the 12:00-12:15 timeslot. We are looking to produce a photo which reflects #GeocachingFunForEveryone which will include folks from a variety of demographics and cultures. We are looking for volunteers to participate and could use: a Family with young children, a three-generation family, a family with a well-behaved geo-dog and young adults. PM us at CRAGNB if you are interested.
Geocaching Challenges for which you can earn extra prize ballots include:
For “Come from Aways” : Showing proof that you completed the Fredericton leg of the ACHH Geotour, Geofest Coin Challenge, and/or Accessibility=Inclusion Adventure Lab while visiting the area for the MEGA.
For “Locals”: Completing these challenges in the period June 30-July 8
For your convenience we will have a limited number of ACHH Geotour coins to claim at the CRAG Table as well as tips on how to efficiently plan your route if you are hoping to do the ACHH Geotour and Geofest Coin Challenge in tandem. Extra ballots can be claimed at this event or on Saturday at the CRAG table.
Taking a Muggle out to find a cache or Adventure Lab location in the area of Hanwell Place
Other Challenges for which you can earn extra prize ballots include:
Completing the Social Butterfly Passport.
Children showing a completed coloring sheet.
Early MMV Registration and Swag Bag Pick-Up
Avoid the wait in line at MMV!
WHAT: An opportunity to engage in great conversations with fellow Geocachers, representing a broad spectrum of experience. We hope that veteran cachers will connect with new, prospective cachers, share the basics of the app, and take them out to find a cache or two within easy walking distance of Hanwell Place.
WHEN: July 7, 2023 10:00 am-1:00 pm
WHERE: Hanwell Place, 5 Nature Park Drive, Hanwell,NB
WHY: Hanwell Rural Community is a Major Sponsor of Maritime Mega V and the perfect spot to host a fun,family-oriented event that will appeal to Geocachers as well as Muggles.
This is a "drop in event" - please join us at Hanwell Place for light refreshments and to learn about the geocaching opportunities that Hanwell Rural Community, whose Tag Line is "Inspired by Nature", has to offer. The little ones will have a great time completing activity sheets and visiting the state of the art playground.
Visit the Capital Region Association of Geocachers ( CRAG) table to connect with folks who can tell you about the organization and initiatives like the ACHH Geotour that they are involved in. See the display that features area geotrails for which geocoins are still available. "Connect" with fellow geocachers by completing a " Social Butterfly's Passport" - a great opportunity to share tips and tricks and compare experiences - most creative , hardest, furthest away caches or discuss interesting challenges that you are currently working on.
Visit the MMV table to connect with folks who can answer any questions you may have regarding the main event on Saturday. This is also an opportunity to pick up your pre-paid SWAG bag to avoid having to do so on Saturday.
All attendees at this event will receive a prize draw ballot just for attending. Geocachers who pick up their pre-paid SWAG Bags by 11:00 am will receive an extra ballot. Participating in activities and challenges will earn you extra ballots!
Ballots can be dropped into a box at the event or taken to the CRAG Table at the Mega for the opportunity to win prizes which include:
1) A $50 Gas Card
2) A one-year Premium Membership at Geocaching.com valued at $39.99US. If you are already a Premium Member, your Premium Membership will be extended for a year.
3) A one-year Individual CRAG Membership valued at $10. If you are already a member (thank you!) your membership will be extended by a year. If you are not familiar with us you can check us out here.
It is a 15 minute drive from Hanwell Place to the Small Craft Aquatic Center where the Paddle Event starts at 2:00 pm. There is plenty of time for you to join in on the fun of this event and also do the paddle.
We are looking forward to connecting with you!