About the MGA
Not all those who wander are lost…
Welcome to the home of Geocaching in the Maritimes! If you are a fan of Geocaching, an avid geocacher, or just curious about the sport, then this is the site for you. We are an association of Geocachers in Atlantic Canada and beyond who have pooled our resources together. If you are new to the sport, or an experienced finder, you should find something of aid here.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPSr (Global Positioning System Receiver) users . Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the Internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should leave something for the cache.
The word Geocaching comes from GEO (geography), and CACHING – for the process of hiding a cache.
What is the Maritime Geocaching Association?
The Maritime Geocaching Association was the first regional geocaching group for the Maritime provinces within Canada. Formed by a group of local cachers, this association serves as a place for cachers within NB, PEI, and NS (And Newfoundland, yes we know they’re not part of the Maritimes) to come together and share their love of geocaching.
The Maritime Geocaching Association (MGA) strives to advance the sport of geocaching in the Maritime Region by encouraging fellowship amongst Maritime geocachers through regular social activities; fostering geocaching etiquette and responsible stewardship of our public lands; raising public awareness and understanding of geocaching through effective use of media relations; ensuring access to public lands for geocaching activities by working through cooperative efforts with geocachers in the Maritime/Atlantic Provinces and as a liaison with public land-use agencies; and promoting geocaching as a worthwhile family-oriented outdoor activity.
History of the MGA
Formed initially in late 2002 as a Yahoo Message Group, the need for a dedicated website was quickly discovered. Initially called “MARGA” (MARatime Geocaching Association, or MARitime Geocachers Association), it evolved quickly into the MGA (Maritime Geocaching Association). Initials tasks involved the development of a leadership team, which consisted of a committee including Inspector Gadget, Johnny.Cache, FunkyNassau, ScouterKevin, and FarsideX.
The site continued on, and as with Geocaching, the Association evolved to take on more and more responsibility. In late 2009 the server hosting the 2nd iteration of the MGA, “maritimegeocaching.com” slowly died, and we moved over to Version 3 of the MGA, http://www.Maritime-Geocaching.com.
We have an informal governing body at this time, with volunteers being requested for certain zones.
For information on volunteering to help the MGA, or becoming a representative, please check out this page.
Want to be a member?
Want to be a member? Great! We’d love to have you! All you need do is create a forum account and join in the conversation. That’s It!
You can then visit the Discussion Forums, where our cachers talk Geocaching specific to the Maritimes and other topics relevant to our sport.