Following up on the success of their annual Easter egg hunts, Scooter Girl Toys this year launched their very first Pirate Treasure Hunt on October 10 and in so doing, gave scores of families (and loyal customers) a chance to discover the neighbourhood—and maybe even work-off a bit of their Thanksgiving dinner—over what turned out to be a lovely long weekend.
Each crew was given some Scooter Girl buttons or maybe a Scooter Girl tattoo, but most importantly they were given a map carefully marked with the location of a number of neighbourhood treasures and other oddities. It was then their job to match one of a series of clues to each location and answer the riddle hidden there.
I developed the hunt and created the handout, using artwork and the Scooter Girl style developed by Claudia Davila. In addition, as the hunt progressed, it quickly became my job to start dropping some hints on the Scooter Girl Facebook page and spur the participants on.
Now, it has been my experience that these sort of treasure hunts can be rather ephemeral things: treasures get moved or torn down, and a clue that made perfect sense a few months ago may very well have been paved over by now. Nevertheless, if you’d like to try your luck with Scooter Girl’s first Pirate Treasure Hunt, future readers, you can still download the map here.
Or if you just want the answers…
They are hidden below. Just click the empty circles to reveal each secret . . . and the nefarious thought process behind it.
A. When tired of toys, this little girl likes to take this for a whirl.
Scooter Girl Toys is located at 187 Roncesvalles Avenue, just north of Fern—but then you probably already knew that. And you probably already knew the answer to this riddle anyway, since we had already filled it out on your treasure map.
B. Once a bank at R & D, they now serve this to Mom (not me).
C. The Pope is bronze, as you can see, but what’s the colour of his P?
D. Their wares are hard, except the floor. You’ll find that at their shop next door.
E. Howard J. could tell some yarns of what he’s seen drive through those barns.
F. This clever designer in the last part of College built a three-sided house with all of his knowledge.
G. Think taking shortcuts can’t be fun? Ask this Mr. Crosland to show you one.
H. The trail goes around this mound; but what might you find here underground?
I. In fourteen hundred ninety-two, some guy sailed the ocean blue. But to whom is his park’s danger due?
J. I would not want this near my home. I’m plenty frightened by his bones.
K. One block north from Dundas measure. There’s gold here, and what other treasure?
L. This camel leopard won’t grow higher unless he finds a lot more buyers.
M. A school named for its street is good, But Seaforth School’s named for the ’hood.
N. If true wisdom is what you seek, then follow this tale in the original Greek.
UPDATE: In 2015, the Scooter Girls decided to see if they couldn’t turn their first Thanksgiving hunt into a annual tradition, and so moved things a little further west to include more clues among the lovely Fall colours of High Park.
Here is the map, if you want to want to test your treasure-hunting chops for next year’s hunt.
And here’s the solution.