Real-life treasure hunter Cory Feragotti of Creston, B.C., has more than his fair share of family adventures in the Kootenay backcountry. Purchasing a gold claim on Perry Creek near Wycliff, B.C., was like a dream come true for Feragotti. While the thought of perhaps striking it rich is in the back of his mind, what he really enjoys is using his side-by-sides to access some of the most beautiful areas B.C. has to offer. His claim is 20 hectares in total, with ample trails to explore, and endless opportunity for fun and adventure.
Using his side-by-sides, he and his crew—usually including his two nephews Christian Hewlett (16) and Austin Hewlett (18)—perform mining operations and have begun to see gold in their efforts!
Sixteen-year-old Christian Hewlett helps his Uncle Cory set up mining camp near Perry Creek in B.C. — Photo courtesy Cory Feragotti
The claim below his was called the Jewellery box, which could have been somewhat of an incentive in his purchase. “The area has about 125 years of mining history which really helps you get excited for what we may find," Feragotti said. "Not only gold, but the relics and remnants of historic gold mining days are still around the area.”
The claim is his own piece of heaven his family can share, with amazing camping, hiking, fishing and ATV exploring around every corner. “To me, it isn’t so much about striking it rich, it’s about living a life rich with adventure and quality family time,” he said.
His beasts of burden helping him mine and navigate his claim? A 2013 Can-Am Maverick with a 10-inch lift he calls the Monster and a 2010 Prowler 1000 which works well for transporting gold gravels and equipment. “It can be hard work," Feragotti said. "Ten-hour days filled with hard manual labour, but that is half the fun! You just never know what you may find, so your hope keeps you shovelling.”
Gold claims can be found for purchase on Kijiji sites, where Feragotti found his, or on mining websites and forums. “Do your research before purchasing," he advises, "and know the average smaller-scale gold claim runs between $3,000 and $9,000 depending upon location.”