Secret treasure discovered at Devonshire Beach!

Patti Campsall
For the Lakeside Leader

If you were out at Devonshire Beach over the past few weeks, you might have noticed some excited young treasure hunters on the trails. They were taking part in the Boreal Forest Fortune Seekers treasure hunt; a special Frost Fest event hosted by the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation and the Lesser Slave Forest Education Society.

With the current COVID-19 restrictions, the goal for this event was to provide a fun and safe outdoor adventure for local families. Lured by a tale of an old map found in the Boreal Centre basement, participants followed a series of cryptic clues through the forest in search of a hidden treasure chest full of gold.

Over 70 participants of all ages entered a draw for a chance to win one of three treasure chests. Congratulations to the lucky winners: 1st Slave Lake Girl Guides, Killoran/Chapates Clan, and the Botts and Billard team.

The response from local families to this event was overwhelming as many of them expressed appreciation for the chance to get outdoors for some winter fun for the family.

“Thank you for setting this up!! Kiddos had a blast!!”

“Thank you so much for making this happen! It is greatly appreciated by many parents looking for something fun and safe to do with their kids!”

“We are still talking about how much fun it was and how much we needed to get out and do a family activity. Thanks for everything!!”

With the tremendous success of this event, staff are already working on the next outdoor adventure for local families. So stay tuned!

Hidden treasure was no match for the Killoran-Chapates clan.
What all the fuss was about – the treasure chest at the end of the treasure hunt.
What all the fuss was about – the treasure chest at the end of the treasure hunt.
Also winning in the treasure hunt were the 1st Slave Lake Girl Guides.

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