Members of VEMRA reenacted the Leechtown Gold-Rush this past weekend.
After the discovery of Gold by the Vancouver Island Expedition, thousands of gold-miners and others made their way to Sooke in the summer of 1864. J.M. Foley, a member of the Expedition posted a notice in the Times Colonist to meet him at a specific location in the Sooke Harbour marked by a white flag with a Maltese Cross for the shortest and best routes to the mines.
Members of VEMRA met under a replica of that same flag.
Dressed in period correct historical clothing and accouterments, we made the 14 km round trip from the Sooke Potholes to Leechtown.
At Leechtown we surveyed the historic site and even panned for gold using historical tools.
The Leechtown Gold Rush was a significant event in Vancouver Island history. Not only did it make some wealthy, but it caused the population to grow enormously.
For all the photos of this expedition click here.