By Spenser Davis
The small town of Nanaimo, British Columbia, sits quietly on the edge of Vancouver Island, just a short ferry ride from the mainland. A trip to the local museum mostly shows off fun local events, like its annual bathtub boat races, and the town’s history of involvement in the coal and logging industries. But a small pedestal in the middle containing a handful of artifacts hints at one of the darkest stories in Nanaimo’s past, something that few residents are old enough to remember.
The tale of Brother XII and the cult he created just south of Nanaimo, the Aquarian Foundation, features conspiracy, fraud, adultery, and treasure. Lots of treasure. In fact, this treasure might still be hidden somewhere around this island.