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If you’re an adventurous type of traveller that loves a good unsolved mystery then Oak Island in Nova Scotia is the destination for you. Oak Island is one of the small islands that make up an inter-connected link of islands in the region and is tree-covered from end to end. The island is privately owned and advanced permission is required before any embarkations and explorations can be undertaken around it.
For nearly 200 years Oak Island has been at the centre of one of the most puzzling and fascinating archaeological dilemmas of the times with some accounts claiming that the likes of Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Wayne, and even Errol Flynn had all been drawn out to the island eager to figure out what exactly had been buried there. The saga is believed to have started in 1793 when 3 young boys were convinced there was treasure planted on the island. In 1803, the three boys along with a wealthy businessman returned to the site and continued digging apparently finding a message at 90ft that was deciphered to translate “40ft below two million pounds are buried”. Digging resumed in earnest though the pit always seemed to clog with water at certain intervals, repeatedly thwarting any attempts to reach the suspected treasure. Ironically, to this day no other retrieval attempt has gotten as close as the initial team of excavators.
While there have been deaths, and much money has been spent trying to unravel this most perplexing mystery, what has been buried in Oak Island and by who still remains a mystery. While many sceptics and cynics have claimed that the whole Oak Island mystery is a sheer hoax and no treasure has been buried anywhere, it nevertheless continues to intrigue many explorers and travellers who prefer to try their hand at solving a good, confusing mystery. Oak Island is definitely worth a visit while travelling or holidaying through the magnificent region of Nova Scotia.