There be Spanish gold in them thar hills


The Lost Tunnel of Leechtown, Vancouver Island, ,

I have always been a fan of , exploration, and discovery. THat is probably why I love traveling so much. Another aspect that has fascinated me is the idea of ghost town exploration, and urban exploration. Because of all this  – there is really no surprise that Leechtown, and the mystery of the tunnel of Leechtown has captivated me.

Leechtown is a ghost town on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The site now is only a clearing in the forest, with little remaining except for some rotting foundations, and is accessible by bike or foot on the Galloping Goose Trail, which follows a portion of the former Canadian National rail line between Victoria and the town of Youbou, on the north shore of Cowichan Lake.

Local legends report that a tunnel exists in Leechtown that has been chiseled out of the rock, with multiple galleries. The Colonist newspaper planned to fund an expedition in search of the lost tunnel in 1959, but the only person with knowledge of its location, Ed Mullard, died before the search could take place. [6]
The Mullard Tunnel is located in Jordan Meadows, approximately ten kilometers away and there have been several stories of the discovery of the tunnel. Mullard was in the Jordan Meadows area prospecting and went deer hunting one afternoon and stumbled upon the tunnel entrance. A logger supposedly discovered the tunnel in 1928 and ended up in Las Vegas with some of the gold. There was supposedly a gold bar from the tunnel on display at the Mineral Titles office in Victoria, BC until the early 1980s but no one knows the location of the gold bar now

Now, it is a bit of a trek to get out there, but I have always wanted to explore that area, camp in the wilderness, and, maybe hunt for a little treasure, or find a little mystery. I have always talked myself out of going… Its to far, I am to out of shape,

But I am really not.

What an amazing place to take some great pictures, and have a little adventure!

So why not?

I think I need a personal GPS for sure, and some good camping kit… But other than that, I could be good to go (well a bike could be handy).

Exploration in the bush could be so much fun, and I live in the most amazing place in the world to do it…

I am not dumb enough to think I would actually find anything, other than some great pictures, and some fun adventure.

I have to get some maps, and figure out how long it will take me to hike there, and see if that is something I could do on a weekend, or over a few weekends or something.

I know people go up there all the time, but to explore the history – a place from the 1900’s  So awesome.

So if I can figure it out, this will be my spring/summer adventure plans.

It will give me lots of things to write about, lots of things to take pictures of… it will be awesome.

Maybe I will need to get a video camera too… I dunno.

Time to pontificate, and plan.

I would LOVE to find the mystery tunnel.

I dunno, I just think I need to start exploring like I have always wanted to, this might be the way to do it.

We will see!

5 Replies to “There be Spanish gold in them thar hills”

  1. Hi. Stumbled across this blog on a day of random googling about the tunnel. From what all I can gather, the last major organized attempt to find this tunnel was quite a few years ago, and managed to narrow the search to a relatively small geographical area…way before GPS units and online topographical maps were available. I bet if we organized some people over the summer, with GPS and geotagged photos to document, we could at least rule out the existence of the tunnel in the areas previously searched.

  2. I have also been doing some research on the tunnel. if anyone desides to get a weekend treasure hunt together i would be into that.

  3. I would be very interested in going as well. Would also love the information on the past search–how it was organized and what area has been narrowed down

  4. Had a claim just above Martin’s Gulch for years, and we often mused about that tunnel/cave in the hillside on the way from Jordon Meadows to Leechtown. If a cairn and cutlass were found on top of Survey mountain overlooking the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait, it is almost a certainty that the Spaniards were in the area, and could easily have buries gold ingots in a dug out cave/tunnel. Exciting.

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