Join the hunt for treasure along The Great Trail

Join the hunt for treasure along The Great Trail

Canadians with a sense of adventure and a knack for treasure hunting can take part in The Great Trail Treasure Hunt Contest until the end of October. The cross-Canada contest celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Trail’s connection, and features 100 treasure boxes hidden along The Great Trail for participants to find. The first person to find each box is rewarded with a $100 gift card for Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), as well as a one-year magazine subscription to Canadian Geographic.

However, those who locate treasure boxes that have already been found still have a chance of winning some amazing prizes! They can simply follow the instructions on the box and enter a weekly draw for prizes like a $250 MEC gift card, a Nikon camera, a gift card for KEEN Footwear, and a SPOTTMX 2-Way Satellite Messenger device.

With the contest ending on October 31, there’s still plenty of time to join in the fun!

Check out some of the successful treasure hunters along The Great Trail and what they found:

Sarah Pitcher
East Coast Trail, Blackhead, Newfoundland (Box #7)

Gina Van Haren
Airdrie, Alberta (Box #35)

Geoff May
Tannery Park, Oakville, Ontario (Box #63)

The Wood Family (Darryl, Sarah, Joshua, Jackson, Molly the dog)
Jitney Trail, Pictou, Nova Scotia (Box #28)

Philip Kenny[1] 
North Vancouver, British Columbia (Box #14)

Leslie Martin
Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia (Box #40)

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Brian Ellis Hwang

Brian’s love of hiking and treasure hunting has really paid off! He has found 14 boxes and posted them all on his Instagram account. 

Gina Anderson

Gina has found 5 boxes so far, and is flying from Yukon to Nova Scotia to track down more.


James Morrow

James has found 15 boxes, and is driving across the Maritimes in search of more.


It's not too late for you to join The Great Trail Treasure Hunt! Start your journey here.