I like scavenger hunts. I’ve participated in one or two, and provided the items on the list don’t involve doing anything illegal, too embarrassing or too impossible (University of Chicago, I’m looking at you), I look forward to participating in future ones.
Alex and Kristin check their lists during the first scavenger hunt in 2008
It’s been a while since the last one, but a third Montreal Underground City scavenger hunt is being planned for next Saturday afternoon.
The idea is pretty simple: A scavenger hunt (relatively tame – no stealing stuff or doing anything illegal) whose items can all be found within the confines of Montreal’s underground city. Players are forbidden from leaving the underground city or taking the metro.
Winners of the second Montreal Underground Scavenger Hunt
For those of you who missed the underground scavenger hunt a few weeks ago, above is the winning team (they were also the only team with four players, which helped). But if you divide the score by the number of players to get a proportional score, I alone come out on top. So in a way I won.
In any case, there’s no real reason why you can’t try it out on your own if you have an hour and a half to spare. Here’s the list of stuff to find in the underground city:
Cinéma du parc monthly handout
Car rental company business card
Something with the Travel Cuts logo
La Mini lotto results from last night
Two medical professionals’ cards (must be two different doctors in two different offices) (2 points)
A store reward card application
Underground parking stub
A packet of brown sugar
A beer coaster
A catering menu
Three spa treatment pamphlets
Something with the Bluetooth logo (your cellphone is not eligible)
Weekend edition of the Metro newspaper
The old Bell logo
A flyer for a Montreal-area attraction (must be in the 514 area code)
Four napkins from different coffee chains (must have establishment’s name on it) (2 points)
Something that smells like a green/granny smith apple (+1 if it is a granny smith apple)
A banking services flyer (2 points)
A bus schedule for a route with the number 3 in it (+1 if it’s bus #3)
A photo of an outdoor pool with people swimming in it (must have a member of the team in the photo) (5 points)
Saturday, Nov. 8, 12:30pm at the Central Station food court (which is near the gates for the Deux Montagnes commuter train line). The game starts at 1pm and ends at 3pm at the same place.
No entrance fee, age limitations or secret code words.
What you need to bring:
A team of between one and four people
A bag (you know, to put all your stuff in)
Some money (at most $5), though if you think you can get everything for free go nuts
A camera (anything, even a cellphone camera, will suffice)
A watch or other time-telling device
For those of you who weren’t aware of the previous hunt, you can read my post about it, which includes a full list of the items people were searching for. It’s almost all stuff that’s worthless and can be picked up for free in the underground city. You can also read the piece I did for The Gazette about it.
Robin inspects the goodies
For those who were there in February, organizer Robin (that’s her above) has made some tweaks to the rules for this time around, mostly concerning what happens when a team arrives late (which happened a lot last time, causing many items to be disqualified). Also note that the meeting point is different.
There’s no RSVP required, but doing so on Facebook would help with estimating how many people will show up.
I have to admit, part of me totally expected last weekend’s underground city scavenger hunt to be a complete dud. It’s happened before with these organized-on-Facebook just-for-fun events. Facebook had 35 people attending, but those numbers are always hyperinflated due to the way Facebook works.
As it turns out, there were 39 participants, and that was way more than was needed to have fun.
For my article in today’s Gazette, I spoke to organizer Robin Friedman while boyfriend-and-co-organizer Jody McIntyre was registering people. I then followed a team through the two-hour hunt.
For those of you who forgot my post from last week, the scavenger hunt is today (Saturday) at 3pm at the top floor of the Eaton Centre downtown. More details in my previous post or on the Facebook page. Don’t forget to bring a camera, a bag and a watch.
I’ll be writing about it for the paper, so get your quotable quotes ready.
For those of you with moral objections to that site, here’s the details:
Saturday, Feb. 9, 3pm-5pm
Top cloor (Niveau Cinéma) of the Eaton Centre, McGill metro
Sign in when you arrive at the checkpoint with your team name and members (up to three)
This is a free, all ages event
Do not leave the underground city. You are using the honor system.
You will need:
a bit of money (no more than 5$)
something to take pictures with (a camera phone is OK)
something to tell time with
Time – You have from when we release you until 5:10 on the judges’ timepiece (official time). If your entire team is not back by then, only what has arrived will be counted.
Points will be awarded once per team for each item on the list brought to the finish.