It was a modern day treasure hunt on a grand scale in Saskatchewan this weekend.
People attending Living Skies 2014 descended on the town of Rosthern, about 70 kilometres north of Saskatoon, for the geocaching event.
Geocachers use GPS and other navigational techniques to find clues and hidden containers.
Living Skies started earlier this week with a number of events different search events including ones in water, the Nisbet Forest and Batoche National Historic Site. It also included a workshop for geocaching beginners.
The geocaches were placed around Rosthern by organizers, like Linda Muschanski who said the town was a perfect location for the event.
“It’s in a position in the province where it’s sort of in transition between the prairie and the boreal forest,” she said. “So a lot of people when they think of Saskatchewan they think it’s just flat prairie. So this was to show individuals that’s there’s more the Saskatchewan than just flat prairies.”
The geocache containers are strategically placed in interesting places in the area to encourage people to explore the area.
Hundreds poured into the town for the high-tech hide-and-seek event according to Andrew Crowe, the Recreation and Community Development Coordinator at Rosthern.
"We have noticed a lot of license plates from all over the country. From Nova Scotia to Vancouver to Victoria, so it is nice to see all these faces."
Organizers say the event attracted over 500 people.