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The Legend of Oak Island

Municipality of Chester

Do you believe there's treasure there?

That's been the question for more than 200 years.  A question that remains largely unanswered and it's not for lack of looking.

Crew after crew have led countless investigations and numerous excavations only uncovering more mystery... and tragedy.  As the legend goes - there's a prophecy that says 'seven people will die before the treasure is found'. So far six souls have perished in pursuit of the bounty - which is a mystery in and of itself.  Some say there's a stash of gold bullion beyond belief, others say a stolen lot of royal jewelry's been buried, there's even a theory that the Holy Grail rests there just waiting to be unearthed.

The only thing for certain is the international spotlight and it's never shone as brightly on this 57-hectare (140-acre) privately owned island off the coast of Western Shore, NS as it does today. That's thanks in great part to brothers Rick and Marty Lagina who lead the current team of treasure hunters on the hit HISTORY Channel series THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND.

Now with production of Season 6 of the show in full swing - the world's longest running treasure hunt continues.  Tours on the Island are sold out and their waiting list has cracked to capacity, but there are still plenty of ways you can experience the Mystery of Oak Island...

The Interpretive Centre on Oak Island is now open daily from 10am - 5pm for the summer season until October 14. There are a great number of exhibits outlining the exploration, as well as a gift shop with series merchandise and more. As mentioned above the film crew is on site so there may be certain days on which access to the island is closed. A sign posting the closure will be placed at the start of the causeway.  The causeway to Oak Island can be found at the bottom of Crandall Point Road off of Hwy 3. Here's a link to Google maps to get you there.

Oak Island Boat Tours will allow you to get up close and personal to the mysterious island from the water's edge.  Salty Dog Sea Tours cruise at 10am, 1pm and 5pm daily and operate out of the Oak Island Resort Marina. Captain Tony Sampson, who was part of THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND cast, leads the 90 minute tour filled with historical facts and inside scoop on the series. For more information and to book your tour click here.

The Oak Island Resort has an Oak Island museum on-site, showing replicas of the famous artifacts that have been found,along with the famous legend, photos of some of the early digs, maps, and a variety of newspaper articles covering the island's mysterious history.

The Explore Oak Island Gallery at the Old Train Station in Chester is now open from 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday. There you will find displays featuring the long, rich history and cultural significance of Oak Island complete with the story and legends known and enjoyed throughout the world. For Information call 902-275-3718 and then just right next door....

The Station 20 Shoppe has beautiful keepsake maps of Oak Island - historically-drawn limited editions and smaller prints. For more information and store hours visit their facebook page here

In the fall of 2018 the Chester Municipal Heritage Society launched a comprehensive website dedicated to the Oak Island Mystery filled with incredible facts, historical photos and maps, plus detailed timelines, theories and so much more.  You can even send a secret message using the famous Oak Island cipher to send an encrypted email! Visit oakislandmystery.com

So we invite you to explore and then decide for yourself...

Is there treasure buried there?

 

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