This category features all post related to Project Watershed’s GIS/GPS/SHIM etc. mapping activities.

Mapping Out Recreation in the Comox Valley

The Mapping Centre of Project Watershed is embarking on an initiative to produce activity specific maps in the Comox Valley and is looking for your input.

The Mapping Centre is the social enterprising arm of Project Watershed; a local environmental non profit organisation that is focused on stewardship, restoration and protection of Comox Valley Watersheds. Created in 2008 to utilize the GIS and GPS equipment and expertise Project Watershed has accumulated over the years,  The Mapping Centre has delved into the business of map making. In March of this year the Broken Spoke Bike Shop in partnership with The Mapping Centre released the first ever Comox Valley Cycling Map. The Cycling Map has been a great success and now The Mapping Centre is working to produce an array of maps each focused on different activities in the Comox Valley.

To guide the production of the maps the Mapping Centre is gathering input from locals and tourists. The Mapping Centre would like to know what maps are needed, what information is important to include etc… If you have ever wanted a map for an activity you participate in or can think of an activity that needs a map, the Mapping Centre is asking you to fill in their survey available at The new map or maps would be available starting next year. Some of the ideas put forward already include a Water Sports Map, a Hiking Guide and an Artists Studio Tour Map. Other Comox Valley maps including an airphoto map of the entire Valley are also available from The Mapping Centre.

If you are interested in helping to gather geographic information or have digital information for the production of activity maps please contact Caila Holbrook at

Geocache Coordinates

Please leave the  information page onsite.  Thanks and good luck!

Eight Puntledge Geocaches

WGS 84 Decimal Degrees
Latitude Longitude
Eggs Are Us 49.685552143 -125.034923048
Blasted 49.680955320 -125.055271818
Side Line 49.681012054 -125.057780046
Matador 49.639785826 -125.096511704
Cooling 49.643844557 -125.097867701
Funnel 49.664346502 -125.095057571
Source 49.663330920 -125.103739831
Generations 49.688274970 -125.050752161








Geocache Instructions

The basic idea of geocaching is to use coordinates, obtained from Project Watershed’s website, to locate the hidden containers (geocaches).  Stashed in the containers are small items and in the case of Project Watershed’s geocaches, information on Project Watershed’s Puntledge River Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) funded restoration, assessment and protection projects.   Additionally Project Watershed’s eight geocaches are labelled with a letter.   Interested in playing?  Here’s how:

1. Click here to access detailed information and coordinates.

2.  Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.

3.  Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.

4.  Write down the letter from each geocache, read the geocache information and return the geocache to its original location.

5.  Arrange the letters to spell a word.  E-mail this word to Project Watershed.

6.  Get the word correct and we will contact you with details on how to pick up your free map.

7.  If you take something from the geocache, please leave something of equal or greater value.

8. Tell us about your adventure.  Find Project Watershed on facebook and share your geocaching stories and photos.

Rule #1.  Be Safe.  The PW Geocache will not be hidden in a place that will require you to place yourself in a risky situation or area.   There are eight separate geocaches.  The terrain and difficulty rating of these geocaches would be easy.

Before You Go

If you’re headed out on the trail, pack any needed supplies such as water, food and extra clothing. Bring both a map and a compass.  PW geocache terrain is suitable for older children.

For safety, let someone know where you are going.

Do not forget your GPS and extra batteries.

Need a GPS? Consider renting one from The Mapping Centre

Get Out and Play

Mark your car as a waypoint to ensure your safe return.

Be mindful of the environment, practice Cache In Trash Out.

Bring friends and family with you; sharing the experience can be very rewarding.

Remember that distances can be deceiving. A geocache can take longer to find depending on trails, rivers and other obstacles.

Funding for the Puntledge River Geocaching was provided by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.  (FWCP).  FWCP, apartnership between BC Hydro, the Province of BC, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, was established to address the historical effects of hydroelectric development on fish and wildlife.

The Mapping Centre on Shaw Community TV

Shaw Community TV speaks to members of Project Watershed, specifically business manager Caila Holbrook, about their social enterprise – The Mapping Centre.

The Mapping Centre aims to provide relevant, usable GIS and GPS information to developers, planners and environmental organisations to facilitate better decision-making.
Learn more about The Mapping Centre @
Many thanks to Shaw Community TV for sharing this clip.