Burnaby Man Finds $100,000 Of Gold, Silver In Vancouver
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(Kitco News) – Canada’s nationwide hunt for precious metals came to an end this weekend, as it was announced by GoldHunt that the last and final treasure chest, hidden in Vancouver, was located by Burnaby local Marko Cerda.
Cerda, a British Columbia limo driver, found the treasure a mere 18 hours after purchasing his map. In an interview earlier this week, he said it was a passenger who made him aware of the hunt that was taking the nation by storm.
Although previous winners utilized methods of geocaching to locate the treasure, Cerda said his comprehensive knowledge of the city’s landmarks, as a limo driver, may have given him an edge.
“I think that the best part was just kind of realizing that what I had planned out or what I thought was the location, was right,” Cerda said in an interview with CTV News. “I drive in the area all the time and I had already seen some of the landmarks, so things just kind of made sense and clicked in. That’s it. I was very lucky.”
The previous treasures in Edmonton and Calgary were both found by Edmonton locals, and the Alberta capital’s knack for treasure hunting became a running joke, mentioned in the win announcement.
“Congrats to our final winner Marko Cerda, who has traveled all the way from Edmonton....Just kidding you guys take a breath....He's from Burnaby! Thanks for all the love and support and with that, the time for pillaging and adventures has finally come to an end...or has it???” GoldHunt said in a tweet.
With the treasure located, the clues, riddles and maps have been released to the public.
Although the hunt has come to an end, GoldHunt is seeking inspiration for its next project and is offering a substantial award in return for ideas. In a recent tweet, the company announced a three-day competition, in which the person who provides the winning suggestion will receive a one-ounce Canadian Maple gold coin, valued at $1,826.97.