MP Strahl finds the Hot Spot while Chasing the Golden Butterfly

by sumitted to the Hope Standard

MP Chuck Strahl does a little hi-tech treasure hunting help from geocaching expert Justing Moore.

“I’d love to get one of these for Christmas.”


Chuck Strahl’s grin was as wide as the forks of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers as he made his first geocaching find while Chasing the Golden Butterfly.


The Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP and Indian and Northern Affairs Minister used a GPS device to find a cache stashed near Lytton’s Hot Spot last Wednesday (July 22) while on a tour of his riding. Strahl received a little help from New Pathways to Gold Society (NPTGS) geocache expert Justin Moore of Cache Creek during his hi-tech treasure hunt.


It was part of a demonstration and update by NPTGS on Chasing the Golden Butterfly, a heritage tourism initiative combining a traditional passport program with the rapidly-expanding pastime of geocaching.


The minister also got his Chasing the Golden Butterfly passport stamped at the Lytton Visitor Centre by summer student Elizabeth Ng.


Strahl said he was impressed with the program, which is the result of a partnership between NPTGS, tourism organizations, corporate and community partners.


“It’s a great program and it’s creating a lot of buzz out there,” said Strahl, who was especially pleased his hometown of Spuzzum is included in the passport.


The program helps travellers discover powerful transformer gods, ride with Chinese cowboys and walk down the Grand Boulevard of B.C. history. The colourful, 60-page passport document has pictures, fun facts and maps for 88 living history sites on three different routes. It also features the adventures of three period characters as they “chase the Golden Butterfly,” a term used in D.W. Higgins’ book on the 1858 Fraser River Rush, The Mystic Spring.


Geocache enthusiasts can check out the NPTGS website or to find associated sites using their GPS devices. Travellers often use both passport and GPS to explore some of the most beautiful and culturally significant regions of B.C. Passports are free and available at participating Visitor Centres, Husky and Mohawk service stations and other partner outlets.

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