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Saville Resources plans Phase II drilling on Quebec niobium-tantalum-phosphate project

September 16th, 2019

by Greg Klein | September 16, 2019

A detailed analysis of last spring’s drill program along with other data has Saville Resources TSXV:SRE looking forward to a Q1 return engagement. Activity on the Niobium Claim Group in Quebec’s Labrador Trough occurs as the U.S. takes steps to secure reliable supplies of critical minerals including niobium and tantalum. The country relies on imports for its entire supply of both metals.

Near-surface assays previously released for this year’s five-hole, 1,049-metre campaign reached as high as 0.79% Nb2O5, 163 ppm Ta2O5 and 8.1% P2O5 over 37 metres, as well as 0.8% Nb2O5, 81 ppm Ta2O5 and 9% P2O5 over 31.5 metres. The latter intercept, the final hole of the season, featured a sub-interval showing 1.36% Nb2O5, 70 ppm Ta2O5 and 12.3% P2O5 over 4.5 metres.

Saville Resources plans Phase II drilling on Quebec niobium-tantalum-phosphate project

Saville’s drilling targeted the project’s Mallard prospect, where three programs so far have totalled 14 holes and 3,537 metres. Each campaign excelled its predecessor for grades and widths, expanding three known zones of mineralization which remain open in all directions, the company reported.

Predominating the host material are pyrochlore-group minerals and/or ferrocolumbite, familiar to the industry as the world’s main source of niobium production, Saville added.

“We appear to have only scratched the surface at Mallard and have yet to drill-test our other high-priority targets including Spoke and Miranna,” said president Mike Hodge.

Although work will focus on building an initial Mallard resource, Spoke and Miranna might also get rig attention to determine their potential for connecting with Mallard.

Saville operates the project under a 75% earn-in from Commerce Resources TSXV:CCE. On another critical minerals project two kilometres away, Commerce advances its Ashram rare earths deposit towards pre-feasibility.

Saville’s portfolio also includes the Bud project in southern British Columbia’s busy Greenwood camp. Grab sample assays released last April showed grades up to 4.57 g/t gold, 27.7 g/t silver and 6.7% copper; as well as 4.44 g/t gold, 17 g/t silver and 6.84% copper.

Read more about Saville Resources.

International Montoro Resources employs high-tech analysis of Elliot Lake-region nickel-copper prospect

September 10th, 2019

by Greg Klein | September 10, 2019

A geophysical analysis on the property released last March found targets described as “good candidates for semi-massive nickel-copper mineralization.” Now International Montoro Resources TSXV:IMT has contracted Mira Geoscience to compile and analyze a much larger data set for the Pecors Lake project, part of the 1,840-hectare Serpent River property in Ontario’s Elliot Lake district.

International Montoro Resources employs high-tech analysis of Elliot Lake-region nickel-copper prospect

Nickel-copper potential brings new interest to
International Montoro Resources’ Serpent River property.

Historic drilling on Serpent’s southwestern area found uranium-rare earths mineralization. But extensive geophysical programs completed last year alerted Montoro to nickel-copper-PGE potential as well. A 3D model revealed that three assumed magnetic anomalies at Pecors actually comprise one contiguous anomaly estimated to be five kilometres long, two kilometres wide and two kilometres deep.

Considered pioneers of advanced geological and geophysical 3D and 4D modelling, Mira Geoscience will enter a library of data into its Geoscience Analyst 3D interactive platform. Included will be Ontario Geological Survey geochem and petrographic studies; OGSEarth data from drilling conducted by Teck Resources TSX:TECK.A/TSX:TECK.B, Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO, BHP Billiton NYSE:BHPand others on or near the property; federal government regional gravity and magnetic surveys; Montoro’s 22 drill holes; and downhole EM data for two holes reaching depths of one and 1.3 kilometres respectively.

In central British Columbia, Montoro had a 43-101 technical study completed in April for its recently acquired Wicheeda North property, adjacent to the Wicheeda rare earths deposit currently being drilled by Defense Metals TSXV:DEFN under option from Spectrum Mining. The report states that Wicheeda North “has the potential to host, and should continue to be explored for, rare earth element mineralization because it occurs within a favourable geological belt known to contain carbonatite-hosted REE mineralization.”

A 3D magnetic inversion was completed in June for the property, which Montoro has expanded to 2,138 hectares.

The company’s portfolio also includes the 2,300-hectare Duhamel property in central Quebec, considered prospective for nickel-copper-cobalt, as well as titanium-vanadium-chromium.

Along with Belmont Resources TSXV:BEA, Montoro shares 50/50 ownership of two uranium properties in northern Saskatchewan’s Uranium City area.

Last month Montoro closed a private placement first tranche of $47,500.

92 Resources hits high-grade copper-gold-silver with new Quebec discoveries

September 10th, 2019

by Greg Klein | September 10, 2019

Sample assays from two new discoveries have this company “ecstatic” about its James Bay-region Corvette-FCI project. Coming at the end of last summer’s 23-day field program, the findings have 92 Resources TSXV:NTY obviously enthusiastic about the property’s New Lorraine and Elsass prospects.

92 Resources hits high-grade copper-gold-silver with new Quebec discoveries

The highlight of 92’s summer campaign, this New Lorraine
sample graded 8.15% copper, 1.33 g/t gold and 171 g/t silver.

Some highlights from a New Lorraine outcrop include:

  • 8.15% copper, 1.33 g/t gold and 171 g/t silver

  • 1.55% copper, 0.14 g/t gold and 20.9 g/t silver

  • 0.23% copper, 3.55 g/t gold and 37.7 g/t silver

Located about 2.3 kilometres east along trend, Elsass hosts three outcrops over an approximately 350-metre strike that’s about 60 metres wide. Some Elsass samples feature:

  • 3.63% copper, 0.64 g/t gold and 52.3 g/t silver

  • 2.68% copper, 0.2 g/t gold and 43.9 g/t silver

  • 1.86% copper, 1.12 g/t gold and 32.6 g/t silver

Both prospects form part of the larger Maven trend, formerly called the Southern trend, and sit on the property’s FCI West claim block. With similar rock types and mineralization, the company considers the area between the two prospects highly prospective.

92 Resources hits high-grade copper-gold-silver with new Quebec discoveries

A sample of chalcopyrite mineralization
characterizing Elsass outcrops.

Proclaiming himself “ecstatic” with the results, president/CEO Adrian Lamoureux said, “With over eight kilometres of under-explored prospective trend and no drilling completed to date, we have literally only scratched the surface of this trend’s potential.”

The four-person crew from Dahrouge Geological Consulting collected 680 rock samples, as well as 211 soil samples up-ice from the Lac Bruno prospect. About three-quarters of the program explored the project’s FCI-East and FCI-West blocks, under a 75% option from Osisko Mining TSX:OSK. The remainder of the work targeted 92’s 100%-held Corvette claims. 

The project sits within the Lac Guyer Greenstone Belt, part of the La Grande Greenstone Belt, about six to 18 kilometres south of the Trans-Taiga Road and adjacent powerline.

The Maven trend hosting New Lorraine and Elsass also includes new discoveries at the Black Forrest and Hund showings. A Black Forrest sample graded 1.13% copper, 0.05 g/t gold and 19.5 g/t silver. Hund featured 3.28% copper, 0.78 g/t gold and 30.1 g/t silver.

Historic work on Maven’s Lac Smokycat-SO, Golden Gap and Tyrone T-9 showings have also brought high grades, although in non-43-101 reports. Together, the prospects suggest a potential copper-gold-silver trend stretching more than eight kilometres, 92 stated.

Still to come are regional assays, along with lithium-tantalum results. Channel samples released last year from Corvette’s CV1 pegmatite graded up to 2.28% Li2O and 471 ppm Ta2O5 over six metres.

Other 92 properties in Quebec include Eastman, Lac du Beryl and Pontax. Grab samples from Pontax featured up to 0.94% Li2O and 520 ppm Ta2O5.

In British Columbia 92 holds the Golden frac sand project adjacent to Northern Silica’s Moberly silica mine, as well as the Silver Sands vanadium prospect. In the Northwest Territories the company has a 40% stake in the Hidden Lake lithium project, where all 10 holes of last year’s 1,079-metre drill program hit grades above 1% Li2O.

Maria Holuszko and her Geoscience BC team look at coal as a possible source of REEs

September 5th, 2019

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Belmont Resources moves into Ontario’s Red Lake camp with zinc-polymetallic acquisition

September 4th, 2019

by Greg Klein | September 4, 2019

A newly signed option opens a substantial land package with historic deposits for further exploration. Under the agreement, Belmont Resources TSXV:BEA takes a substantial interest in part of Pistol Bay Mining’s (TSXV:PST) Confederation Lake greenstone belt portfolio.

The Fredart/Gerry Lake and adjoining claim groups sit about 25 kilometres northeast of Great Bear Resources’ (TSXV:GBR) Dixie property and adjacent to Pistol Bay’s Garnet Lake claims in an increasingly busy camp where Great Bear’s drill results have attracted other explorers.

Belmont Resources moves into Ontario’s Red Lake camp with zinc-polymetallic acquisition

The Arrow zone on Pistol Bay’s Garnet Lake hosts a 2017 43-101 inferred resource using a 3% zinc-equivalent cutoff to show 2.1 million tonnes averaging 5.78% zinc, 0.72% copper, 19.5 g/t silver and 0.6 g/t gold. “The geological setting of the Fredart and associated claims is similar to the Garnet Lake claims area,” Belmont and Pistol Bay stated.

Belmont’s acquisition comprises about 6,700 hectares over a 17-kilometre stretch of the greenstone belt. A 2017 VTEM-Plus survey found granitic intrusions in the northeast part of the Fredart area and two or possibly three parallel conductive responses over parts of the Fredart-Gerry Lake trend.

Extensive past work includes 124 drill holes totaling 22,500 metres between 1956 and 2003 on the Fredart zone. Data has yet to be compiled for additional drilling on the Fredart trend’s western extension and the Joy-Caravelle area.

The Fredart zone, also known as Copperlode A, has an historic, non-43-101 estimate showing 385,000 tonnes averaging 1.56% copper and 33.6 g/t silver. The companies describe the property’s mineralization as volcanogenic massive sulphide dominated by zinc, copper and silver, with occasional associated gold values.

The acquisition’s Joy-Caravelle area has historic, non-43-101 drill results that include 21.6% zinc and 0.13% copper over 0.25 metres, 17.17% zinc and 0.28% copper over 0.6 metres, as well as 4.01% copper over 3.55 metres.

Infrastructure includes all-weather roads, a transmission line crossing the property, water and nearby natural gas.

Belmont may earn an initial 65% of the claims for $40,000 and 1.5 million shares on TSXV approval, another $50,000 and 1.5 million shares within one year and an additional $50,000 and one million shares in the second year.

An additional 10% interest would cost $200,000, after which the two companies would form a JV. Two third parties each hold a 2% NSR on separate parts of the claims, with one NSR also including a $10,000 annual advance royalty payment.

Looking at another recent acquisition in another busy mining camp, last month Belmont announced an upcoming field program for its Pathfinder project in southern British Columbia’s Greenwood district. Surface sampling results released in July showed assays up to 29.2 g/t gold, 16.4 g/t silver, 365 ppm copper and 4 ppm lead.

Belmont’s portfolio also includes a 75% stake in Nevada’s Kibby Basin lithium project, where drilling has found 393 ppm lithium over 42.4 metres and 415 ppm over 30.5 metres.

Additionally, Belmont shares 50/50 ownership with International Montoro Resources TSXV:IMT on two northern Saskatchewan uranium properties.

Belmont closed a private placement of $252,000 in June and arranged two loans totalling $50,000 in August.

Belmont Resources plans September follow-up to high-grade gold sampling in southern B.C.

August 15th, 2019

by Greg Klein | August 15, 2019

Inspired by recent surface samples as high as 29.2 g/t gold, Belmont Resources TSXV:BEA plans another field program on its recently acquired Pathfinder project in British Columbia’s Greenwood camp. Scheduled to start early next month, the two-week campaign follows encouraging assays released late last month. Out of 15 samples, seven exceeded 1 g/t gold, with the best result bringing 29.2 g/t gold, 16.4 g/t silver, 365 ppm copper and 4 ppm lead.

Belmont Resources plans September follow-up to high-grade gold sampling in southern B.C.

Historic work at Pathfinder included trenching and drilling.

Now, backed by data gleaned from historic records, Belmont plans soil and grab sampling from the Pathfinder zone to the Diamond Hitch zone, on a target area averaging about 2,500 metres by 600 metres. Samples will be collected every 50 metres along the grid lines, with higher resolution possible for some areas.

The results would prepare for possible sub-surface exploration that could include geophysics and drilling. Pathfinder underwent trenching and 17 drill holes from 2008 to 2009. The 296-hectare property is surrounded on three sides by KG Exploration, a subsidiary of Kinross Gold TSX:K.

In Nevada, Belmont’s Kibby Basin lithium project has undergone drilling by MGX Minerals CSE:XMG, which has so far earned 25% of the project. Last May the companies announced a drill hole averaging 100 ppm lithium. Previous holes graded up to 393 ppm lithium over 42.4 metres and 415 ppm over 30.5 metres.

In northern Saskatchewan, Belmont and International Montoro Resources TSXV:IMT each hold 50% of two uranium properties.

Belmont expects to close a private placement of $252,000, subject to exchange approval.

92 Resources finds new potential for gold, copper, lithium in northern Quebec

August 8th, 2019

by Greg Klein | August 8, 2019

With the conclusion of a productive summer field program, additional areas of interest open up at the James Bay-region Corvette-FCI property. A four-person, 23-day campaign discovered a new copper prospect, further explored a gold prospect and found several spodumene-bearing pegmatites, among other showings. Encouraging visual evidence has 92 Resources TSXV:NTY looking forward to assays.

About three-quarters of the program focused on the project’s FCI-East and FCI-West blocks, optioned under a 75% earn-in from Osisko Mining TSX:OSK. The rest targeted 92’s 100%-held Corvette claims. 

92 Resources finds new potential for gold, copper, lithium in northern Quebec

Chalcopyrite mineralization at the Elsass copper
prospect opens a new area of interest for 92 Resources.

Discovered late in the season, the Elsass copper prospect features chalcopyrite mineralization at surface over widths estimated from 40 to 60 metres along a strike of at least a kilometre. Pending lab results for surface samples, the crew could return this fall for further exploration.

The company also awaits assays from the property’s Lac Bruno gold prospect. Finding similar mineralogy up-ice from a boulder field where historic, non-43-101 samples graded between 1 g/t and 38 g/t gold, the crew collected soil samples on the 100%-held Corvette claims.

Apart from precious and base metals, Corvette-FCI shows potential for energy minerals. The summer program found the project’s largest known pegmatite so far. An outcrop about 220 metres long and 20 to 40 metres wide was located about a kilometre southwest along strike of the property’s CV1 and CV2 pegmatites. Lithium-tantalum channel samples released last year from CV1 reached up to 2.28% Li2O and 471 ppm Ta2O5 over six metres. Still to come are this summer’s assays.

The campaign also targeted the Golden Gap prospect at FCI West, where historic results include outcrop samples between 3.1 g/t and 108.9 g/t gold, a drill intercept of 10.5 g/t over seven metres, and a channel sample of 14.5 g/t over two metres.

The summer program also focused on the southern copper trend and other historic mineral showings, 92 reported.

Corvette-FCI sits within the Lac Guyer Greenstone Belt, part of the La Grande Greenstone Belt, about six to 18 kilometres south of the Trans-Taiga Road and powerline.

The company’s Quebec portfolio also includes the Eastman, Lac du Beryl and Pontax properties. Grab samples from the latter graded up to 0.94% Li2O and 520 ppm Ta2O5.

92’s diverse projects extend to British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. In B.C. the company holds the Silver Sands vanadium prospect and, adjacent to Northern Silica’s high-grade Moberly silica mine, the Golden frac sand project. 92 also has a 40% stake in the NWT’s Hidden Lake lithium project, where Far Resources CSE:FAT holds the remainder. All 10 holes of last year’s 1,079-metre drill campaign found grades above 1% Li2O, with one intercept showing 1.6% over 9.2 metres. A mini pilot plant produced 40 kilograms of concentrate grading 6.11% Li2O, with recovery surpassing 80%, from Hidden Lake material.

Commerce Resources’ rare earths metallurgy optimized by university lab

August 1st, 2019

by Greg Klein | August 1, 2019

Successful methods applied in separate laboratories further demonstrate the amenability of a Quebec rare earths deposit that’s progressing towards the pre-feasibility stage. Using material from Commerce Resources’ (TSXV:CCE) Ashram project in northern Quebec, l’Université Laval successfully used an alternative flowsheet approach to create a mixed REE concentrate. The tests add to the work of Hazen Research in Colorado and Merker Mineral Processing/UVR-FIA in Germany.

Commerce Resources’ rare earths metallurgy optimized by university lab

Commerce announced receipt of Laval’s final report on August 1. The university tested Ashram material on bench-scale levels of one kilogram and on larger batches of 10 to 30 kilograms. A total of about 1,500 kilograms went through Laval’s own flotation circuit and reagent scheme.

The large batches produced around 170 kilos of flotation concentrate grading 11.2% rare earth oxides, with a mass pull of 11.3% (percent of material reporting to concentrate), the company stated. Laval’s new reagent scheme offers Ashram potentially greater flotation performance, Commerce added.

“We are very happy with the results of our collaboration with Laval and look forward to continued work with local academic institutions to further develop REE expertise in the province of Quebec and, moreover, to move the Ashram deposit closer to production,” commented president Chris Grove.

The news comes amid heightened concern in the U.S. for critical minerals supply, especially rare earths.

Commerce holds interests in two other critical minerals projects. On the Niobium Claim Group, just a few kilometres from Ashram, Saville Resources TSXV:SRE drilled high-grade, near-surface niobium along with tantalum and phosphate last spring while working towards a 75% earn-in from Commerce. The latter company also holds the advanced-stage Blue River tantalum-niobium project in southern British Columbia.

Read more about Commerce Resources.

Belmont Resources samples 29.2 g/t gold at B.C.’s Greenwood camp

July 30th, 2019

by Greg Klein | July 30, 2019

Recent work suggests new potential for an historic gold- and copper-producing region in southern British Columbia. Surface sampling results on a property acquired last March by Belmont Resources TSXV:BEA have graded up to 29.2 g/t gold.

Belmont Resources samples 29.2 g/t gold at B.C.’s Greenwood camp

An adit bears witness to Pathfinder’s auriferous history.

The project, now expanded to 295 hectares, formed part of the historic Pathfinder property in the Greenwood camp, where mining began in the late 1880s. Something like 26 former mines produced over 1.2 million ounces of gold and 270,000 tonnes of copper, along with silver, lead and zinc, according to Geoscience BC. More recent exploration includes work by Kinross Gold TSX:K subsidiary KG Exploration, which holds property neighbouring Belmont on three sides.

Following a detailed review of historic data, Belmont conducted a five-day field program of mapping and sampling from outcrops and mine waste. Seven out of 15 samples surpassed 1 g/t gold, with five standouts showing:

  • 29.2 g/t gold, 16.4 g/t silver, 365 ppm copper and 4 ppm lead

  • 4.51 g/t gold, 90.4 g/t silver, 21.6 ppm copper and 14,250 ppm lead

  • 3.23 g/t gold, 0.61 g/t silver, 383 ppm copper and 4.3 ppm lead

  • 2.44 g/t gold, 16.7 g/t silver, 5,180 ppm copper and 24.2 ppm lead

  • 1.08 g/t gold, 14.75 g/t silver, 47 ppm copper and 62.7 ppm lead

With continued analysis of historic data along with recent findings, Belmont will plan Pathfinder’s next stage of exploration. Among the earlier work was a 2008-2009 program that included trenching and 17 drill holes.

In Nevada the company holds the 2,056-hectare Kibby Basin lithium project, subject to an earn-in by MGX Minerals CSE:XMG. A drill hole announced last May brought results ranging from 38 ppm to 127 ppm lithium, with an average of 100 ppm. Previous holes graded up to 393 ppm lithium over 42.4 metres and 415 ppm over 30.5 metres.

Belmont also shares a 50/50 stake in two northern Saskatchewan uranium properties with International Montoro Resources TSXV:IMT.

Subject to exchange approval, Belmont expects to close an oversubscribed private placement of $252,000.

Site visits for sightseers

July 19th, 2019

Mining history offers additional destinations for summer road trips

by Greg Klein

Mining history offers additional destinations for summer road trips

A fun but informative underground tour brings B.C.’s former
Britannia copper mine to life. (Photo: Britannia Mine Museum)

 

Follow this industry closely enough and you’ll likely want to visit one or more mines yourself. One way to do that would be to get a job as a miner, although that’s an occupation requiring competence, a capacity for hard work and at least rudimentary English or French. People lacking those qualifications, however, need not despair. They might still find employment writing up sponsored site visits for investor newsletters and mining publications. Still a third approach involves touring historic sites.

Of course they emphasize mining’s past, but that puts perspective on the present. These endeavours helped build our country economically and socially, while inspiring lots of romantic lore and providing stuff that we consider essential. But they also brought about dangerous, sometimes disastrous working conditions, bitter labour conflicts and some primitive environmental standards.

That said, family visits can be entertainingly informative without abjuring history’s serious side.

In this first installment, we provide a list of historic Yukon and British Columbia mines and mining museums open this summer. Also included are a few operating mines that offer public tours. Generally not included, however, are museums of mineralogy and museums not entirely dedicated to mining. The latter category, omitted for space reasons, includes some excellent exhibits and should be considered by mining enthusiasts when visiting any current or former mining region.

Use the links to confirm opening times and other info. Also check tour requirements for footwear and other clothing.

See Part 2 about the prairie provinces, Part 3 about Ontario and Quebec, and Part 4 about the Atlantic provinces.

 

Yukon

Mining history offers additional destinations for summer road trips

For some Dawson visitors, gold’s allure overpowers
that of the theme park. (Photo: Parks Canada)

Putting aside the fact that the lack of a gold rush would have meant far fewer tourists, tourism has far outshone the gold rush’s economic importance to Dawson City. The town and its environs abound in Klondike references, real and imagined, from the goldfields themselves to the Dawson City Museum, Dredge #4, a gaudy streetscape (arguably authentic in spirit if not accuracy) and the bard of the Yukon’s log home. (Overheard from an American in Dawson’s visitor info centre: “We’ve heard about your Robert Service. Is he any relation to Robert Frost?”)

A variety of sites and activities can be previewed here, here and even here. And if a can-can dancer hauls you onto the stage at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, just consider it an act of revisionist history.

 

Only a few kilometres outside Whitehorse, the MacBride Copperbelt Mining Museum focuses on a base metal play overshadowed by Klondike mania. Attractions include an interpretive train ride along 2.5 kilometres of narrow-gauge track. Back in town, look for the MacBride Museum’s other location, right by Sam McGee’s cabin.

Mile 919.28 Alaska Highway. Open Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until August 31. More info.

 

About 290 kilometres east of Dawson City, in a former boom town now down to maybe 20 people, the Keno City Mining Museum displays tools, equipment and memorabilia about local gold-silver mining from the early 1900s.

Located at the end of the Silver Trail, Main Street. Open daily 10:00 to 6:00 until mid-September and “by chance/appointment” during the off-season. More info.

 

British Columbia

Mining history offers additional destinations for summer road trips

Britannia’s multi-storey mill strikes an industrial presence
amid spectacular natural beauty. (Photo: Greg Klein)

Amid stunning scenery halfway between Vancouver and Whistler, the Britannia Mine Museum comprises B.C.’s top such attraction. In operation from 1904 to 1974, this was for a while the British Commonwealth’s biggest copper producer. Now a National Historic Site, its features include 45-minute tours with a short underground train ride, entertaining and knowledgeable guides, gold panning, interactive exhibits and, in a multi-storey mill along the mountainside, a light, sound and special effects show “unlike anything else in North America.” Just outside the museum, early- and mid-20th century buildings remain from what was once an isolated company town.

Located on the Sea-to-Sky (#99) Highway, 45 minutes north of Vancouver and the same distance south of Whistler. Open seven days 9:00 to 5:30. More info.

 

South of Nanaimo, the four-hectare Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park hosts the only substantial remnants of a coal industry that predominated on Vancouver Island starting in the 1850s. This mine operated between 1913 and 1921, and features a 22.5-metre concrete reinforced headframe and a coal-tipping structure that’s one of just two of its kind left in North America. While in town, stop by the Nanaimo Museum for a small but excellent coal mining exhibit.

Directions: On Highway 1 about nine kilometres south of Nanaimo, turn east on Morden Road and follow it for one or two minutes. Long-overdue restoration work might cause temporary closures. Try BC Parks’ website for more info.

 

In the upper altitudes of southern B.C.’s east Kootenay district, an open-air train escapes downtown Kimberley’s “Bavarian” kitsch to take visitors through a scenic valley and into Sullivan, a 1909-to-2001 operation that once boasted itself the world’s largest lead-zinc mine. Guides from the Kimberley Heritage Museum and Kimberley Underground Mining Railway present demonstrations at the underground interpretive centre and the powerhouse. Other displays include a core shack.

Buy tickets at the train station 200 metres west of Kimberley’s pedestrian mall. Mining tours leave daily at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00. Sightseeing train trips that bypass the mine leave at 10:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays. More info.

 

Mining history offers additional destinations for summer road trips

Barkerville crowds notwithstanding, there’s history
in them thar theme parks. (Photo: Barkerville Heritage Trust)

More social history than mining history and with a focus on family fun, Barkerville Historic Town and Park offers entertaining interpretations of the gold rush boom town founded in 1862. Costumed actors lead tours along streets lined with reconstructed period buildings and displays of 19th century mining infrastructure. Plays, concerts and variety shows at the Theatre Royal continue the theme park ambience, while the “immersive experience” offers activities ranging from gold panning to heritage cooking lessons and a blacksmithing workshop. Accommodation in and around the park includes a small hotel, B&Bs, cottages and campgrounds.

Located at the end of Highway 26, 204 kilometres northeast of Williams Lake and 86 kilometres east of Quesnel, all towns on B.C.’s Gold Rush Trail driving route. Open 8:00 to 8:00 until September 2. Museum exhibits close during the off season but the town’s main street remains open for parts of the year. Check the schedule for dates and times. More info.

 

Another historic theme park, although not directly related to mining despite being borne of a gold rush, Fort Steele Heritage Town got its name from Sam Steele, a Mountie whose exploits would have made him a frontier legend in the U.S. or Australia. The reconstructed town’s extensive attractions focus on town life and offer insights into a number of skills including gold panning. About six kilometres away and part of the provincial heritage site sit a few remains of Fisherville, where an 1864 discovery sparked the Wildhorse Creek rush. Self-guided brochures are available.

Located off Highway 93 (for some reason aka Highway 95), 16 kilometres northeast of Cranbrook. Open 10:00 to 5:00 until September 1, with some attractions open during the off season. More info.

 

Mining history offers additional destinations for summer road trips

Teck Resources digs deep while a tour group looks on.
(Photo: Kootenay Rockies Tourism)

Step back into the present with tours of actual working mines in B.C.’s east Kootenays operated by Teck Resources TSX:TECK.A/TECK.B. Three of the company’s open pit metallurgical coal operations welcome the public this summer. Saturday bus tours leave the town of Elkford during July for two-hour trips to Greenhills and during August for two-and-a-half-hour trips to Fording River. Bus tours from the town of Sparwood leave Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for two-hour trips to the Elkview mine.

Elkford and Sparwood are about 34 kilometres apart on opposite ends of Highway 43. For further info and reservations, call the Elkford Visitor Centre at 1-855-877-9453, and the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce at 1-877-485-8185. Last trips leave Elkford August 31 and Sparwood August 29. Sparwood’s CoC also hosts a Mining History Walking Tour that points out mining machinery and other memorabilia around town.

See Part 2 about the prairie provinces, Part 3 about Ontario and Quebec, and Part 4 about the Atlantic provinces.