June 1, The Hunt Is On For $100K In Gold And Silver
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(Kitco News) - Canadians, it is time to gather your shovels and pickaxes and channel your inner pirate, because there is buried treasure to be found.
Starting midnight June 1, the hunt will be on for three chests buried somewhere in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary, each containing $100,000 worth of gold and silver. But it won’t be easy; contestants will need to follow a map provided by Goldhunt.ca and solve riddles to find the “x” that marks the spot.
Gold Hunt is the brain child of a group of less than 10 private entrepreneurs who, spokesperson Chris Cromwell said, have been fascinated with the idea of hidden treasure.
“There is just this romantic idea of finding hidden gold and silver,” he said in an interview with Kitco News. “Who doesn’t want to go on a real treasure hunt?”
As to how difficult will it be to find the gold and silver and what skills you will need, Cromwell said that he couldn’t give out any hints; but he added, “If you are good at solving riddles then you would will have an advantage.”
Cromwell said that the team anticipates that it could take anywhere from a few days to a few months to work out all the riddles and find the gold.
“However, we also believe that Canadians are really smart, and it would be really exciting if someone solved the riddles in just a few hours,” he said. “Get your map, get your clues and let’s see what you got!”
Although there is a lot of excitement brewing over the Gold Hunt, Cromwell said that they want to make sure that it is a safe event for all treasure hunters, and are working with government agencies like Click Before You Dig in B.C. and Alberta One-Call Corporation to promote the awareness of underground cables and water lines.
“Before treasure hunters turn Vancouver or Edmonton into Swiss Cheese, they need to make sure they are digging in a safe place,” said Cromwell. “There are hundreds of kilometers of cables and water lines underground and we want to make sure everyone is safe.”
Although the gold hunts will take place in Western Canada, Cromwell said that the group has been seeing interest from all over Canada with questions coming from places like Windsor and Toronto.
“We have been overwhelmed with how many people are excited about Gold Hunt,” he said. “We have been fielding hundreds and hundreds of emails and social media posts from across the country.”
Gold Hunt has also been making headlines across the globe; however, Cromwell said that this current hunt is for Canadians who are at least 18 years old in Alberta and 19 in B.C.
Cromwell said that the group would love to take their gold hunt national and even into the U.S., but for now, they have their hands full with the three hunts.