Oak Island is among approximately 360 islands dotting Mahone Bay, located off the shores of Nova Scotia, along Canada’s Atlantic coast. It may appear as a casual 140-acre island like many in this part of the province. Rocks and sand skirt the perimeter of the landmass while much of its interior is covered by native forest and brush. At first glance, the seemingly mundane island conceals any evidence of historical importance. However, appearances can be deceiving.

Despite the serene setting and natural scenery of Oak Island, the story of this island’s past is replete with mystery, intrigue and even tragedy. The potency of the story that follows has captured the human imagination and has driven men to their graves. From adventurers to academics, many have grappled with trying to explain the mystery, but none have been able to get to the bottom of the Money Pit of Oak Island.

Many historians and treasure hunters believe that priceless items are buried in the money pit. However, it’s history is so much more detailed (and intriguing!) than that. The promise of treasure was discovered on Oak Island in the 1850s, — near what is now called the Money Pit — and, since then, it has become a popular digging sight for historians and treasure hunters. The pit allegedly consists of tunnels that flood the digging site every time treasure hunters got close to what is believed to be a large wooden depository (where some think the Ark of the Covenant and Holy Grail are buried). However, with so much mystery around it, some argue that there is no treasure to be found. Instead of it they believe, the Money Pit on Oak Island is believed to be a natural phenomenon.

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