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And the winners are...

Download this .pdf file to view a list of this years winners:    CARW2020 Winners

Come back next year for news and information about CARW2021!



Cache and Release Winter Edmonton 2020

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CARW (Cache and Release Winter) is Northern Alberta’s premier geocaching celebration, and is one of Canada’s longest running geocaching events. CARW2020 will be the fourteenth version of this event. The focus each year is on two goals: “fun for the whole family” and “quality caching”. The theme for CARW2020 is “Around the World in 7 Days”, which could include geography, travel, culture and diversity- or whatever you feel might fit the theme.

As you’ve probably guessed from the theme, the cache-seeking part of CARW2020 will be seven days. Cache finding will start at 9:00am on Saturday, February 22, 2020, and the wrap-up event will be one week later, on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Much of the fun and craziness occurs the first weekend, immediately after publication of the caches. In addition to cache hunting, this weekend entails geo-events (including both published Event Caches and impromptu gatherings), and usually a vehicle or two stuck in a snowbank.

In reality, the fun goes well beyond the first weekend and the seven day cache hunting period. Cachers can start hiding their caches right away. The early bird submission deadline is Feburary 2, 2020. Cachers who submit their hides before this date will be entered into a draw for some great prizes. All caches must be submitted by Friday, February 14 to be considered CARW caches. The caches are held by the reviewers until the release date, which this year will be Thursday, February 20 at about 6:00pm. After the wrap up, the caches remain in place and listed on In fact, there are still some caches in the Edmonton area from CARW2007, the very first CARW event.

To encourage cache placement for the event, the organizers have purchased a bunch of geocoins. All cachers who place more than 5 caches (i.e. 6+) for the event will automatically receive a free geocoin! Of course, hides should be in the spirit of CARW and be fun, quality hides.

CARW2020 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 CARW2020 circle is a 26.2 mile radius from approximately N 53 19.000 W 113 12.500. Clockwise, the circle goes from Fort Saskatchewan, Elk Island, Tofield, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Calmar, St. Albert, to CFB Edmonton. Almost all of the City of Edmonton is within the circle. For the exact location, see the graphic below.

Centre is N 53° 19.000'   W 113° 12.500' with a 26.2 mile (42.16 Km) radius.



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