The leading gold producing province of Canada is Ontario and the Porcupine Region is the premier district in which to find gold. . In the area about 45 miles from Fort Frances on the new highway to Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) can be found good outcroppings of wire gold in quartz. Ore samples coming from this area have been assayed at 6 ounces of gold, 5 ounces of copper and 15 ounces of silver to the ton of ore.. The Isle of Fellow Sands in Lake Superior is said to contain a cache of treasure made by British soldiers around 1778 that has never been recovered.. According to some believers, the $12,000 in gold once aboard the French shallop Criffon in 1679, is buried somewhere along the rocky shoreline of Birch Island, 5 miles from Thessalon.. The Spanish conquistador Cortez supposedly buried a packtrain of treasure somewhere near Sarnia.. There is a cache of buried bullion and papers from an unknown party somewhere near Sarnia.. An iron chest full of gold coins was buried by David Ramsey in 1771 at the west end of Long Point Village just within the confines of Long Point Provincial Park. It has never been found.. In 1870, a Red River expedition payroll in an iron chest was lost overboard when canoes dashed against the rocks in the first rapids past Mattawa Station on the Mattawa River in Northern Ontario. In the early 1960s, five or more men from Montreal robbed a bank at Havelock, Ontario of $260,000. The bandits had a great deal of difficulty with their getaway car and took to the bush on foot in the Havelock area, carrying with them the money and their guns. However, when they were picked up coming out of the bush, they had neither. They were all sent to prison where one died and another killed a man while imprisoned there. It is believed the treasure cache has never been recovered and remains hidden somewhere in this area.. According to legend, an army paychest remains buried east of Toronto on the old site of Fort Rouille. During the War of 1812, the British sloop Mary Ann was transferring the military paychest from Kingston to York at the head of Lake Ontario where a post was maintained at Burlington Heights. It was pursued by American vessels, and being unable to fight them, put into the pond west of the present-day pumping station at Oshawa. Here, the Mary Ann was grounded and the crew carried the paychests ashore containing $100,000 and buried it. The Americans followed the vessel and burned it, but the paychests were never recovered.. At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River in Lake Ontario lies Hart Island. Built on this tiny strip of land is the fabulous Boldt’s Castle and hidden somewhere on the grounds or in the woods of this small estate is a cache of treasure attributed to Basil Hyde-Stafford, descendant of British aristocracy. It consists of a fortune in emerald gems and jewelry, miniature English antiques, goblets, dinnerware, rare coins, family heirlooms and rare jade carvings from India, all contained in a medium-sized trunk. The cache was made in the early 1900s and has never been found even though many diligent searches have been conducted. A cache of gold attributed to the gang of Jesse James is rumored to be buried in Milmur Township.
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A Texas woman in search of buried treasure in the mountains of New Mexico was found alive Saturday after going missing in below-freezing temperatures.
Chanon Thompson, 33, of Carrollton, Texas, traveled to New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest Thursday in pursuit of buried treasure promised by Forrest Fenn, an 82-year-old author and antiquities dealer, police say.
Nearly seven miles into the forest, Thompson lost her way, according to police. When her boyfriend did not hear from her the next day, Friday, he called authorities to report her missing.
Using a team of search dogs, technical rescue experts and three aircraft, police found Thompson around 11 on Saturday morning, according to Chief Robert Shilling of the New Mexico State Police.
Thompson, who was not seriously injured and is now resting at home, is just one of the many pulled to the Rio Grande in a modern-day gold rush sparked by Fenn’s announcement that, three years ago, he buried a chest full of “emeralds, diamonds and rubies and sapphires,” in the mountains.
In his 2010 book, “The Thrill of the Chase,” Fenn penned a poem as a cryptic treasure map to where he had hidden the treasure.
“Begin it where warm waters halt…and take it in the canyon down…not far, but too far to walk…put in below the home of brown,” the poem read in part.
Nearly 5,000 copies of Fenn’s book have been sold in just the last three months, says the author, who was inspired to leave a legacy, in the form of the hidden treasure, after a diagnosis of cancer.
“I guarantee you, when someone finds that chest, they’re gonna be shocked,” Fenn said.
Fenn says the purpose of his book and his hidden treasure is not to make money but to inspire people to get outside and feel the thrill of the treasure chase.