On Saturday, July 16, the Best of the Bad Geocaching Mega Event was held in Alberta. As one of the event's sponsors, GPS City had a booth in the Mega Mall, which was set up in the town center of Three Hills. With around 800 registered attendees, the Mega Event was considered a success for all involved.
The Mega Event offered drivable trails that offered attendees a backroad tour of the prairies. The Coal Trails and Prairie Rails Touring Route was a big hit with the Best of the Bad crowd and highlighted points of interest that may otherwise be overlooked.
Throughout the day, attendees were buzzing about Wherigo. Wherigo is a GPS-based outdoor activity from the creators of Groundspeak that is a cross between an adventure game and a geocache search. Geocachers at the event were excitedly discussing how Wherigo could be the next big thing in geocaching.
Although the main event happened on Saturday, satellite events were organized in and around the town of Three Hills. Starting the week before on July 9, bad-themed geocaching and CITO (Cache In Trash Out) activities got people in the 'bad' spirit. Additionally, hundreds of new caches were hidden.
The Best of the Bad, also known as WestCan1, was the first Mega event in the newly established WestCan Mega Events series. The planning committee for the Best of the Bad initiated WestCan to encourage geocachers in the four Western Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan to host future events.