Treasure Hunt

"In Pursuit of the Golden Key" is a real-life treasure hunt commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Through cryptic verse and pictorial clues, you are invited to come along on a journey into this War.



The Treasure

What is it, exactly, that I am searching for?

The riddles, poetry, quotes and artwork all contain information that when put together will lead you to
solving the puzzle and to a document entitling you to the grand prize — the treasure. The first person to correctly solve the puzzle will receive the Golden Key that will open a treasure worth over $10,000 CND.




It has come to our attention, through a treasure seeker, that the calculating instructions on Page 64 regarding the Burning of Washington are incorrect. Although we have gone to great lengths to avoid this type of error from occurring, it has indeed happened and we sincerely apologize. We thank the individual who spotted and submitted his inquiry in this regard. We decided that because of the error that the answer to this particular riddle should be a freebie.

You may wish to research the material for educational purposes but the final answer you are looking for is 22.

Page 9 - 4th paragraph – 6th line –typo- 1874 should read 1784.

Page 16 - at the very bottom in the question, Anderson is spelt wrong - it is spelt Andserson.

Page 20 - Add all numbers from your answer together d+m+y+d then subtract 20.

Page 26 -Tthis should read --subtract 6 from your answer.

Page 32 - There is no need to subtract 1 from your answer.

Awarding the Prize

  In the event that someone submits the correct answer and solves the puzzle, it will be posted and announced as soon as possible.

The name of the person will not be announced until the “Roots to Boots" Festival in Amherstburg on August 6th, 2012.

If the whereabouts of the treasure has not been discovered the hunt will continue.

Check out The Hunt page for rules and more information about the treasure hunt.


Q: How often can I submit an answer?

A: One submission per day – Should a person submit more than one answer per day the first submission will be acknowledged and recorded and the others disregarded.

Q: On Page 20, are you asking for d+d or d+m+y+d

A: d+m+y+d



In The Media

CBC News

Listen to an interview with author Dennis White as he describes how the idea of the story came about.
Listen here...

Also, at minute 20:00, catch a short interview with Dannis as he sets up his paintings at the Gibson Gallery.
Watch here...

Upcoming Dates

March 1st - 25th 2012

The Gibson Gallery is proud to open its 2012 season with the world premiere of "In Pursuit of the Golden Key", a collection of 32 paintings by author/artist Dennis White and artist Stephen Gibb.

Book signings 1-3 pm each Sunday afternoon.

The Gallery is open Thursday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Admission is free. Donations help support this heritage site.

140 Richmond Amherstburg, ON 519-736-2826

May 3rd, 2012

A reception to be held at the Art Gallery of Windsor!