Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices or smartphones. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.
Geocaching is quickly gaining popularity in Lennox & Addington, as about 1,500 geocaches are hidden within our borders. Geocaching takes place 12 months a year in L&A County, and is highlighted by an annual event every August. It annually draws well over 500 people, and has the distinction of being one of only 3 events in Canada that currently hold the title of ‘MEGA’ status.
Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. A geocache can be found anywhere at any time. It is a great way to discover L&A for the first time and allows long-time residents the opportunity to rediscover the community where they live.
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Lennox & Addington County is located in the heart of Eastern Ontario. You can enter L&A via Highway 401 (Napanee, Odessa), Highway 7 (Kaladar) and Highway 41 (Denbigh, Cloyne).
We're within a three-hour drive of major centres in both Canada and the United States. We're only:
- 30 minutes from Belleville
- 30 minutes from Kingston
- 2 hours from Toronto
- 2.5 hours from Ottawa
- 2.5 hours from Syracuse
- 3 hours from Montreal
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2016 Discover L&A County MEGA Geocaching Event
August 19-20, 2016
Geocachers, don’t miss the 2016 Discover L&A County Geocaching Event, happening on August 19th & 20th, 2016!
We've attracted thousands of geocachers to Lennox & Addington County since our first event in 2011. Last year, more than 900 geocachers attended L&A's third consecutive MEGA Event, including visitors from 8 Canadian provinces, 9 U.S. states, and 5 European countries! This year's event falls on 'International Geocaching Day' so we're expecting even larger crowds with more travellers from around the world!
New for 2016, we’re offering some great themed bus tours for geocachers that arrive in Lennox & Addington during the week leading up to the event. After geocaching during the day, hop on a bus and explore some sites throughout the county for only $5 per person:
The popular “DLA Welcome Party” returns on Friday, August 19th at Conservation Park in Napanee. At 6:30pm, enjoy great local music, a variety of geocaching vendors, and much more (details to follow...). At 9pm, grab your flashlights and explore some fun night caches found in Lennox & Addington.
- Tuesday, August 16th: L&A County History Tour – Visit a sampling of the many historic sites and museums in L&A County.
- Wednesday, August 17th: L&A County Stargazing Tour – Take in an amazing view of the universe at the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area.
- Thursday, August 18th: L&A County Beverage Tour – Enjoy a sampling of wines, ciders and craft brews from L&A’s award-winning producers.
The highly-anticipated Discover L&A County Geocaching Event is on Saturday, August 20th! Home base for the event is once again Southview Public School in Napanee:
Please log your 'WILL ATTEND' if you’re able to make it to the 2016 Discover L&A County Geocaching Event. Also, be sure to visit www.LandAGeocaching.com or www.facebook.com/LandAGeocaching for news, updates and information about 'all things geocaching' in Lennox & Addington County. We’ll see you in August!
- 8am - 5pm... Leave your mark in the visitors book and pick up information packages that detail fun geocaching activities taking place during the weekend. The event venue is open and staff are available all day to answer your questions. Drop in anytime for a coffee or share geocaching stories. Games, draws and activities will be available throughout the day.
- 9am - 4pm... Head to all corners of Lennox & Addington County for some world-class geocaching. Choose from more than 1,500 geocaches in L&A County, or try your hand at some of the many new caches that will be published just in time for the event!
- 4 - 5pm... After a fun day exploring L&A County, head back to the event venue for an amazing assortment of prizes, closing remarks, and the always-popular group photo.
- 5:30pm... We once again will be offering a fantastic dinner at the nearby Napanee Golf & Country Club. Only 100 pre-purchased tickets will be available (more details to follow).
We’ve created a number of fun geocaching games specific to L&A County. We encourage you to participate in them while you’re visiting the area! Games can be picked up at our mega event, or at any time by contacting:
Lennox & Addington County
97 Thomas Street East, Napanee
Open Monday-Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sir John's L&A
Canada’s first Prime Minister is deeply rooted in the history L&A County. Walk in his footsteps by following the Sir John’s L&A Geocaching Tour.
Geocache coordinates will reveal clues that will lead to the final locations. Record the code word found at each of the 10 geocache locales on the game form. When completed, redeem the note for a prize*. Visit the Lennox & Addington County Office to collect your prize, or mail in the completed form (please include your return address and cacher name) to have the prize mailed to you.
*while supplies last
Lennox & Addington 150 Warden Challenge
Are you up for the challenge? A total of 150 special geocaching containers will be available that honour each Warden that has helped shape the County to become what is today. To complete the challenge, record the name inscribed on each container beside the corresponding year and return the completed form in person or by mail to have your name permanently etched into L&A County geocaching lore.
Discover L&A County Geocaching Passport Tour
While visiting our area, we encourage you to participate in the "Discover L&A County Geocaching Passport Tour".
[details at geocaching.com...]
Passports can be picked up at the following locations:
County of Lennox & Addington Office
97 Thomas Street East, Napanee
Open Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Land O' Lakes Tourist Office
113047 Highway #7, Kaladar
Open Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
McCormick's Country Store
2561 County Road 4, Camden East
Open Monday-Friday: 5:30 am - 9 pm, Saturday: 6 am - 9:30 pm,
Sunday: 7 am - 9 pm
Heritage Point Antiques & Gifts
384 Main Street, Bath
Open Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: 11:30 am - 4 pm
15 geocaches have been scattered throughout Lennox & Addington. The placement of these caches are intended to help you explore our towns, villages and hamlets, learn about our unique history, and witness the spectacular beauty that L&A offers.
Each time you locate a cache, punch your passport. Once all 15 geocaches are found, the passport can be redeemed for a free L&A County Geocoin. Visit the County of Lennox & Addington Office or the Land O' Lakes Tourist Office to collect your Geocoin, or mail in the completed passport (please include your return address and cacher name) to the following address to have the geocoin mailed to you:
County of Lennox & Addington
97 Thomas Street East
Napanee, ON K7R 4B9
Each completed passport can be redeemed for one (1) geocoin (with a limit of one (1) geocoin per cacher name).
There is no time restriction on completing the tour, so take as long as you wish – days months, or years. As long as you collect all 15 stamps and return your passport to us, you will receive an official L&A County Geocoin (limit of one geocoin per person).
Enjoy discovering Lennox & Addington County!
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The village of Bath is found in Loyalist Township along the shore of Lake Ontario. Founded in 1784, Bath is one of the oldest communities in Ontario. The village is steeped in history and was important to the early development of what we now know as Canada. The community is home to three museums, and there dozens of century homes found throughout the village. The downtown has a number of unique businesses that satisfy the needs of residents and tourists to the area.
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Amherstview in Loyalist Township is found in the south-east corner of Lennox & Addington County. Nestled along the shore of Lake Ontario with a beautiful view of Amherst Island, Amherstview is home to several businesses, a busy recreation centre and Fairfield House, which was named one of the 250 best examples of Canadian architecture over the last 1000 years by the Canadian Royal Architectural Institute. Amherstview is also the eastern gateway to Loyalist Parkway, and Queen Elizabeth II was on hand to officially open the parkway in 1984.
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Originally known as Mill Creek, Odessa is found in Loyalist Township. Babcock Mill was built in 1856 and is a must see when visiting Odessa. The mill combined woolen factory, grist, planning and saw milling operations.
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Wilton is a beautiful hamlet in Loyalist Township. Found just off the path of County Road 6, Wilton has a number of impressive stone buildings, including an old school house that is now home to a popular pottery studio. Wilton has become a destination for both locals and tourists alike for a variety of reasons. In addition to the pottery studio, the community is also home to a cheese factory and horse supply shop.
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Yarker is a quaint little hamlet found in the Township of Stone Mills. The community, first settled in about 1840, is known for it's picturesque views of the Napanee River, not to mention a fine butcher shop and charming tea room. The Cataraqui Trail runs through the community, highlighted by a converted railway bridge that spans the river.
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Camden East in Stone Mills Township is a small but beautiful community nestled along the shore of the Napanee River. Settled around 1800, it was originally a mill town - as were many other towns in the area. Camden East has many charming homes, as well as a very busy country store that has served as a community meeting place for many years.
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The community of Newburgh in Stone Mills Township was first settled in 1822. It was once known as "Rogues Hollow", but the name was changed to make it sound more respectable. At one time, Newburgh was bustling with numerous mills lining the Napanee River. It was so active that at one time it had almost become the largest town in Lennox & Addington County. However, a series of devastating fires ended that possibility. Today, Newburgh is a peaceful hamlet with beautiful stone and red brick homes dotting the landscape.
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Greater Napanee is the largest urban area in Lennox & Addington County. With a population of over 15,000, the town is bordered by Lake Ontario to the south, and near countless lakes and rivers to the north. Greater Napanee has a thriving historic downtown area, with many unique businesses and restaurants to choose from. There are a number of well-kept historical buildings in the downtown, including the Lennox & Addington County Court House. Constructed in 1865, the building was designed to accommodate the needs of both government and justice, dual functions which it continues to serve to this day.
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Well, this geocache is actually a little bit west of Centreville. As you near the location, you will pass by fields that have been farmed for generations. In addition, you will near a place that sounds extremely hot that is actually a very unique geological area of Eastern Ontario.
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Tamworth is an interesting little hamlet in Stone Mills Township. The community is a meeting place for area farmers and - although Tamworth's population is only about 500 people - is home to many essential services including a bank, grocery store, pharmacy, family Doctor's office, feed mill and a community centre. The Legion, Lions Club and other service clubs are very active in the community planning events, making Tamworth a very desirable place to live and visit.
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Beaver Lake in Stone Mills Township is a beautiful body of water found near the communities of Tamworth and Erinsville. The lake is a destination for anglers, as walleye, northern pike, large and small mouth bass all take up underwater residence. The lake is split by Neville's Point, and there are many seasonal residences and homes along the shoreline.
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Well, not quite Erinsville - but close. Just north of the village at the beginning of the Canadian Shield, you will find interesting transformation of the land. Limestone is replaced with granite, and the terrain becomes more diverse. Sheffield Conservation Area highlights this beauty, with an overwhelming abundance of flora and fauna. This area is also significant for another reason, as it is known as the 'most southerly location' with the darkest skies in Ontario. Star gazers and night sky observers flock to this area, as light pollution is at a minimum making viewing conditions very similar to the late 1800's.
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Established in about 1853, the village of Flinton is found in Addington Highlands Township, and is home to the township office. The Flinton Conservation Area is a great spot to visit to appreciate nature. At one time, the Flinton Conservation Area was home to Flint Mills, and was later replaced by a gold mine. An earlier dam was constructed at this location in the early 1920s, and the current dam was built in 1979.
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Northbrook has had a lot of names since it was first settled in 1856. First it was Dunhams Place, then Dunhams Corner, then Beaver Brook, then Springbrook, then finally Northbrook. The community is now the largest in Addington Highlands, and is home to several retail and service establishments, a number of fine restaurants, and a motel to service the tourist population. There's even a helicopter landing pad for those looking to visit the community in a chopper.
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The Cloyne area was primarily used for logging dating back to 1820, and tourism initiatives began in the late 19th century. Nearby Bon Echo, and the rugged beauty of the many area water bodies, including Skootamatta Lake, inspired people to travel to the region. The hamlet and the nearby Bon Echo Provincial Park is still visited by thousands of people annually, making it L&A County's largest tourist attraction.
L&A County's Impossible Geocaching Mission
[details at Geocaching.com...]
Choose to accept L&A's Impossible Geocaching Mission. Search for clues found throughout L&A County to reveal the coordinates of a 'secret' geocache location. Find the cache and accomplish the mission!
Pick up an official L&A County MEGA geocoin!
For only $15 each, these trackable items are a definite must-have for geocaching enthusiasts that visit Lennox & Addington County.
Coins are available for purchase at the L&A County Courthouse located at 97 Thomas Street East in Napanee (open Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm).
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Lennox & Addington County offers dining choices to suit any taste. With dozens of dining establishments offering delicious home-cooked meals to fine dining opportunities and everything in between, our restaurants will be sure to satisfy your cravings.
When you visit Lennox & Addington County, enjoy a relaxing pace in the backdrop of inspiring heritage and rural charm. Our towns, villages and hamlets each have their own unique attributes and shopping opportunities. Plan a great shopping day in L&A County.
Looking for a comfortable stay in a cozy Bed & Breakfast? Or maybe you would like to experience a rustic camping adventure in the wilderness? Lennox & Addington County has a wide range of accommodations that we're sure will work for you.
When visiting Lennox & Addington County, be sure to take the time to visit some of great local attractions. From scenic gardens to historic tours and everything in between, we're sure you'll find something fun to keep you entertained.