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#1 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 October 2020 - 06:54 AM

Hitting the jackpot: Sooke man finds niche audience by gold-panning on YouTube


Paul Laroche, 29, with over 215,000 subscribers, opens up about his journey






youtube channel:  https://www.youtube....vOcHXl7EGeXi8yQ


5.2M views on this one:  https://youtu.be/J5AMTmwxRDE



he's quite good at video editing.  









​i've always thought some enterprising individual could make a go of some type of leechtown gold panning tourist attraction.  

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 October 2020 - 06:59 AM.

#2 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 October 2020 - 02:53 AM

“I left my previous job a couple years ago,” Larouche said. “I do this full time. I travel the world, I look for gold underwater, up in mountains, I hike many places, have different claims. It’s almost surreal, that people are recognizing me and my logo even in my own hometown.”


Larouche began his journey as a solo explorer. But one day a couple of years ago, he bumped into Andrew Zradicka.


“I was driving in the middle of nowhere, 12 kilometres from civilization, and I see this guy wearing this crazy toque and he stands out,” Zradicka recalled, smiling. “He’s not dressed like a miner or anything, he’s [got] running shoes on, yet he’s in the middle of this goldfield in the middle of nowhere.”


They chatted that day for 30 minutes and quickly became friends. Zradicka introduced him to the Sooke mining scene, and the two began to work together on his claims.


“He started finding some serious gold on my claims, bigger gold than I’d ever seen, Zradicka said. “Once we knew the potential, it was game on.”


The two were out there nearly every day, Zradicka mining for gold aboveground and Larouche working his magic underwater.


When it came time to scope out new claims, Zradicka and Larouche became the ultimate team. In an hour, they could tell if there was gold in the area.







the guy has been on youtube for 3 years.  then he has two local media stories in the space of two days here.


of course the question everyone has - and is not answered by these stories - is how much money does he make in gold?


it looks like maybe $30 to $70 per day.  maybe $150 on a really good day.  he probably makes a fair bit of money from youtube.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 30 October 2020 - 02:55 AM.


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