Nova Scotia

Hikers seek treasures, trash on Halifax shore

A group of Halifax hikers went on an Easter weekend hunt for trash and geocaches on the shores of the Bedford Basin Saturday.

A group of Halifax hikers went on an Easter weekend hunt for trash and geocaches on the shores of the Bedford Basin Saturday.

Organizers stashed six geocaches — objects outdoor enthusiasts track down using GPS devices — to encourage the group as they cleaned up the coast.

Jennifer Graham of the Ecology Action Centre said the group found all of the geocaches and picked up almost one tonne of trash.

The hikers turned up everything from discarded hockey helmets to refrigerators.

Part of the cleanup included a section of the basin shore near Burnside that is scheduled for development.

"We know there's a lot of new development slotted for this particular area. So I'd say it's an area in transition that could be really a nice spot of this whole trail system that we have around the harbour, if people take care of the area, and get out and appreciate it," Graham said.

Ivan Lockyear was an enthusiastic participant in the hunt. He said he spent his Saturday picking up trash to keep his geocaching run alive. He said he's found a geocache every day for the last 52 days.

"I'm on a streak now. I'm trying to keep it alive," he said.

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