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$ 100,000 host of buried treasure hidden in Vancouver



A treasure hunt, billed by its creators like Goonies without traps and ghosts, has come to Vancouver.

Gold Hunt has launched three treasure hunts over three Canadian cities: Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

In every hunt, taxpayers will have a chance to find a $ 100,000 treasure buried in a secret place.

"It's almost like experiencing the Goonies in real life," said spokesman Chris Cromwell. "Or as an Indiana Jones-style adventure."

The company sells maps and a series of five clues to guide you to where X marks the location.

Maps sold individually for $ 25 and in a $ 45 clue package will be released to those who signed up on June 1 at 12:01.

Cromwell told the CTV News Vancouver project has been under development for the past three months, with a group of friends and private investors coming together to fund it.

"We have all been tax seekers since we were children. We have grown up and been able to make a treasure hunt," he said.

But how about pirates or those who want to steal the treasure without a map?

"It would be very unlikely," Cromwell says.

The buried chest will contain a proof of purchase that entitles the author to $ 100,000 and will include some gold and silver coins, just not the entire amount.

Vancouver and Alberta can only be the start of the hunt, Cromwell says.

The company wants to expand the idea nationally, eventually giving away $ 1 million gold and silver coins over the next three years.

"Of course, we must start with these three cities and just see how the climate looks. Will we be accepted culturally? Can Canadians be ready for a treasure hunt for this size, scale and size?" he said.

To participate, you must be a Canadian citizen and be the majority age.

With a report from CTV News Calgary's Kevin Fleming and files from Michael Franklin


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