Fans of the History Channel's long running TV series, The Curse of Oak Island, travel from all over the world to visit Oak Island, located in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. The island has been shrouded in mystery and tales of a buried treasure that have endured for over 200 years.
Every year, thousands of people visit the island to learn of the work being done by Rick and Marty Lagina whose efforts to uncover the secrets of Oak Island and its reportedly lost treasure. Many treasure hunters have come before the Lagina brothers and have contributed to the island's fascinating history.
Oak Island is privately owned by a number of land owners. As such, most of the island is closed to the public, save for an area that is designated for the interpretive center located just off the causeway that connects the island to the mainland. The interpretive center is operated by the "Friends of Oak Island Society".
Public tours of Oak Island are not available to the general public, due to that the island is private property. The ongoing work involving heavy equipment and machinery would no doubt pose significant safety concerns, making public access to Oak Island extremely limited.
Private tours are conducted through the year and are offered by two organizations, Oak Island Tours Inc. and the Friends of Oak Island. These tours are typically held on weekends, when the treasure finding operations have ended for the week.
Tickets for the private tours go on sale early in the new year, generally in February or March. This year, 2020, the date was February 1. Every year, thousands of people wait with great anticipation in the hopes of securing a ticket for the highly sought after tour experience. With such a high demand, these tours sell out within just several hours after tickets are made available.
Oak Island is a frequent stop on one of Anchor Tours's most popular day tours from Halifax, its Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Oak Island Tour. While on Oak Island, guests have an opportunity to visit the interpretive center and explore the grounds there. Quite frequently, we have guests who join our tour for no other reason than just to say that they've been to Oak Island. That's amazing!
After having been to Oak Island so many times, I became quite interested in joining one of the private tours along with several team members here at Anchor Tours. With that in mind, I marked my calendar for February 1, 2020 - the date tickets would go on sale. I decided I wanted to go on the tour offered by Oak Island Tours Inc..
I logged onto the Eventbrite page that the tickets were being sold through and I waited for the 12:00 PM start time. Within seconds of being made available, I was fortunate to get tickets for one of the first tours of the year. Success!
Within just 90 minutes, there were only a few tickets remaining. Despite having heard this would probably take place, I was surprised to see just how fast these tours sold out!
I'm very pleased to have been able to get tickets. Having a chance to see the behind the scenes activities taking place on Oak Island and learning about the history of the island first hand, will be an experience I can't wait to share with the guests of Anchor Tours!