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In loving memory of Sharlene Munday (ZeiraZeira).

Her unwavering passion for geocaching left an indelible mark on our community. Sharlene's spirit will continue to inspire us as we treasure the memories shared on our geocaching adventures. Rest in peace, Sharlene.

Late Breaking News

Cache finding for the event is now finished.    Voting is closed, the winners have been tabulated, and the prizes have been awarded.  You can find a list of the winners on the Categories & Voting page here.

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Cache and Release Winter Edmonton 2024

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CARW 2024: Let's Explore And Play (LEAP)!

The Quad Squad (BioSector, The Fearsome Four, Ka'anapali Spirit and i*C*e) are proud to be your CARW hosts for 2024 and hope you'll join in the festivities with us

This year, we have an extra special reason to celebrate CARW - it's a leap year! That means we get an extra day to explore, discover, and have fun together in our calendar year. As geocachers, we know that every day is an opportunity to take a leap and try something new, and this year for CARW, we invite you to LEAP right in with us.

What does LEAP even mean, you might be wondering? Well, it could be any number of things when it comes to geocaching...

Will you be celebrating by LEAPfrogging with Signal?

Will you be using a Lightweight Extendable Assistance Pole to place and retrieve caches?

As a hider, will you Leave Every Area Published?

As a finder, will you challenge yourself to Locate Every Available Puzzle?

OR does a Leap Year mean something else entirely to you? Will you be thinking of other quadrennial events beyond leap day – things like Olympics, World Cups and even US elections? Whatever LEAP means to you, we hope you LEAP into action and be a part of CARW2024.

Deadline for submissions is February 22nd.


CARW (Cache and Release Winter) is Northern Alberta’s premier geocaching celebration, and is one of Canada’s longest running geocaching events. CARW2024 will be the eighteenth version of this event. As always the focus is  “Quality caching ”.  CARW2024 a Family Friendly Event and All Cachers are Welcome.  Our motto is "Have Fun at Your Level”.


Cachers can start hiding their caches right away,  simply ask the reviewer not to publish before the event publication date.  See the Hiding page for complete guidelines on hiding caches.  Place your caches in the usual way and they will be validated by our awesome volunteer reviewers.  Verifying cache locations early, greatly assists the process.  The last day to hide and submit caches is February 22nd.  Please don’t save a bunch for the last day, remember the reviewers are volunteers.  To distinguish a normal cache from an event cache, the cache name must end with "CARW2024".  ie:  "A New Cache For You - CARW2024".

Hide only winter friendly caches (yes, winters vary).   Please use a GPS to place your cache hides to ensure accuracy.  Cache finding with your Smart-phone, is encouraged.  The organizers will create a bookmark of event caches and make it available just prior to the start of the event.

NO PREMIUM Caches, during the event.  You can convert caches to premium two weeks after the event.

The event LOGBOOK will be at the wrap-up.

CARW2024 is meant to be fun-filled and free for all to attend!  All Geocachers are welcome.  Old, experienced and new-alike are all welcome to attend. Many cachers from other parts of Alberta (and beyond) make a point of joining us every year. Those who have never attended a CARW event before will be welcomed. There is something for everyone at our event and we look forward to making new friends as we geocache together!

Each year, the organizers draw a big circle on the map to show the “zone” where caches can be placed for the event. The circle changes every year. The CARW2024circle is a 44 Km. (27 mile) radius from approximately N 53 27.956W 113 27.559. All of the City of Edmonton is within the circle. For the exact location, see the graphic below.

The centre point will be: N53° 27.956, W113° 27.559, with a 44km radius.



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