List of mines in British Columbia

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This is a list of mines in British Columbia, Canada and includes both operating and closed mines. Mines that are in operation are in bold. Past producers which are under re-exploitation, re-development and/or re-promotion are in italics. Also in italics are major projects under development or subject to controversy.

MineCommodities[1]CoordinatesAssociated townRegion/localityOwner(s)[2]DatesCommentsReferences
Blue Hawk MineAu, Ag, Pb, Cu, Zn49°59′02″N 119°31′10″W / 49.98389°N 119.51944°W / 49.98389; -119.51944 (Blue Hawk)Westbank (West Kelowna)Okanagan1930s-1988[3]
Boss Mountain MineMo, Cu, Zn, W, Ag, Bi52°05′48″N 120°54′27″W / 52.09667°N 120.90750°W / 52.09667; -120.90750 (Boss Mountain)Hendrix Lake (43 km SE of Horsefly)Cariboo1917-aka Hendrix Lake Mine, Timothy Mountain Mine[4]
Bralorne MineAu, Ag, Pb, Zn, Cu, W50°46′40″N 122°49′20″W / 50.77778°N 122.82222°W / 50.77778; -122.82222 (Bralorne)BralorneBridge River CountryFounders were Frank and Delina Noel of the Lorne Mine, major developer was David Sloan. One of Canada's deepest mines.[5]
Britannia MineCu, Zn, Pb, Ag, Au, Cd49°36′40″N 123°08′28″W / 49.61111°N 123.14111°W / 49.61111; -123.14111 (Britannia)Britannia BeachHowe SoundBritannia Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd. (1904–1963) Anaconda (1963–1974)1904–1974Now the Britannia Mine Museum; often used as film set[6]
Bullion MineAu52°37′38″N 121°38′21″W / 52.62722°N 121.63917°W / 52.62722; -121.63917 (Bullion)Bullion (near Likely)CaribooPlacer Dome1859-aka the Bullion Pit and China Pit, one of the largest placer gold mines in the world[7][8][9][10]
Cariboo Amelia MineAu, Ag, Pb, Zn, Cu, Pyrophyllite, Silica49°6′57″N 119°11′02″W / 49.11583°N 119.18389°W / 49.11583; -119.18389 (Cariboo Amelia)Camp McKinney/Bridesville(N of Rock CreekOkanagan Highland/Boundary CountryConsolidated Mining and Smelting Company1894–1962aka Cariboo Mine, Camp McKinney Mine, various; British Columbia's first dividend-paying gold mine[11][12][13]
Cariboo Gold Quartz MineAu, Ag, W, Bi, Pb, Zn53°05′23″N 121°33′41″W / 53.08972°N 121.56139°W / 53.08972; -121.56139 (Cariboo Gold Quartz)WellsCariboo1870s onwards, peak years 1833–1987[14]
Cassiar MineAsbestos, Chrysotile, Jade/Nephrite, Gemstones, Mg59°19′30″N 129°49′05″W / 59.32500°N 129.81806°W / 59.32500; -129.81806 (Cassiar)CassiarCassiar Country1950-asbestos mining ended in 1989, now in development for magnesium[15]
Copper Mountain MineCu, Au, Ag49°19′52″N 120°32′03″W / 49.33111°N 120.53417°W / 49.33111; -120.53417 (Copper Mountain)Copper Mountain & AllenbySimilkameenaka Similco, amalgamated with Ingerbelle 1977-78[16][17]
Craigmont MineCu, Fe, Ag, Au50°12′27″N 120°55′34″W / 50.20750°N 120.92611°W / 50.20750; -120.92611 (Craigmont)MerrittNicola Country1962-82 (copper), 1992-present (magnetite)[18][19]
Estella MineAg, Pb, Zn, Cd, Cu, Au49°46′10″N 115°36′19″W / 49.76944°N 115.60528°W / 49.76944; -115.60528 (Estella)WasaEast KootenayUnited Estella Mines, Giant Mascot Mines, Giant Soo Mines[20]
Giant Mascot MineNi, Cu, Cr, Co, Au, Ag, Pt, Pd, Zn49°29′01″N 121°29′05″W / 49.48361°N 121.48472°W / 49.48361; -121.48472 (Giant Mascot)HopeSouthern Lillooet Rangesaka Giant Nickel, Choate[21][22][23]
Golden Cache MineAu50°38′30″N 122°04′55″W / 50.64167°N 122.08194°W / 50.64167; -122.08194 (Golden Cache)LillooetCayoosh Creek, Lillooet1897–1901Caused a local gold rush and helped launch discoveries in the nearby Bridge River Valley; later seen to have been a speculatory scam based on salted prospects[24][25][26][27]
Granisle Mine54°56′40″N 126°09′26″W / 54.94444°N 126.15722°W / 54.94444; -126.15722 (Granisle)Granisle (nr Smithers)Babine Lake/OminecaGranby Mining and Smelting[28]
Hat Creek Coal Minecoal (lignite)50°46′11″N 121°36′15″W / 50.76972°N 121.60417°W / 50.76972; -121.60417 (Hat Creek Coal)Pavilion-Upper Hat CreekLillooet Country1893-minor past producer; proposed for major coal-thermal power plant,[29] see also [30]
Hedley Mascot MineHedleySimilkameenToday a mining museum
Hidden Creek MineCopper, Gold, Silver, Cobalt, Zinc55°26′21″N 129°49′27″W / 55.43917°N 129.82417°W / 55.43917; -129.82417 (Hidden Creek)AnyoxObservatory Inlet1914–1936aka Anyox Mine[31]
Highland Valley CopperCu, Mo, Ag, Au, Pb, Zn50°29′08″N 121°02′54″W / 50.48556°N 121.04833°W / 50.48556; -121.04833 (Highland Valley Copper)Logan LakeNW Thompson Plateauvarious mines: Bethlehem, Lornex, Highmont, Highland Valley[32]
Kemess MineCu, Au, Mo, Ag (Zn, Pb)57°00′21″N 126°45′03″W / 57.00583°N 126.75083°W / 57.00583; -126.75083 (Kemess)N/AThutade Lake (Omineca Mountains)Northgate Resources1983-officially Kemess South is only producer; Kemess West and Rat 1 are Showings, Kemess North is a developed prospect[33][34]
Kitsault MineMo, Ag, Pb, Zn, Cu, W55°25′19″N 129°25′10″W / 55.42194°N 129.41944°W / 55.42194; -129.41944 (Kitsault)Kitsault/Alice Arm (near Anyox)Alice Arm, Observatory InletAmax1967–1972/1982[35]
Minto MineAu, Cu, Ag, Pb, Zn50°53′55″N 122°45′05″W / 50.89861°N 122.75139°W / 50.89861; -122.75139 (Minto)Minto CityBridge River CountryW.G. "Big Bill" Davidson1934–1940[36]
Morrison MineCu, Au, Mo55°11′24″N 126°19′07″W / 55.19000°N 126.31861°W / 55.19000; -126.31861 (Morrison)Granisle (nr. Smithers)Stikine CountryPacific Booker Minerals Inc.Advanced porphyry-style Cu-Au-Mo property and planned mine, denied Environmental Assessment Certificate on 1 October 2012.[37][38]
New Afton MineAu, Cu50°40′34″N 120°20′27″W / 50.67611°N 120.34083°W / 50.67611; -120.34083 (Kamloops)Kamloops, BCThompson ValleyNew Gold1960–1988, 2006–Present
Northair MineAu, Ag, Pb, Zn, Cu, Cd50°06′52″N 123°06′13″W / 50.11444°N 123.10361°W / 50.11444; -123.10361 (Northair)WhistlerCheakamus Valley1974–1982[39]
Paradise MineAg, Cu, Pb, AuPanorama, British ColumbiaColumbia Valley / East KootenayPrivate mine road access and Paradise Cabin maintained by Toby Creek Adventures - ATV and Snowmobile Tours. For additional information[40][41]
Phoenix MineCu, Au, Ag, Pb, Fe, Talc49°05′27″N 118°35′58″W / 49.09083°N 118.59944°W / 49.09083; -118.59944 (Phoenix)Phoenix (Greenwood)Boundary CountryGranby Mining and Smelting (among others)various mines at this location, see second ref[42][43]
Pioneer MineAu, Ag, Pb, Zn, Cu, Sb, W50°45′40″N 122°46′50″W / 50.76111°N 122.78056°W / 50.76111; -122.78056 (Pioneer)Pioneer Mine (Bralorne)Bridge River Country1897-Later amalgamated with Bralorne Mine[44]
Premier MineAu, Ag, Pb, Zn, Cu, Cd56°03′06″N 130°00′51″W / 56.05167°N 130.01417°W / 56.05167; -130.01417 (Premier)Premier (nr. Stewart-Hyder AK)Portland Canal1918–1988[45][46][47]
Quinsam Coal MineCoal, Fireclay, Clay49°56′07″N 125°29′15″W / 49.93528°N 125.48750°W / 49.93528; -125.48750 (Quinsam)Campbell RiverMid IslandHillsborough Resources[48]
Quintette Minecoal55°01′40″N 121°11′45″W / 55.02778°N 121.19583°W / 55.02778; -121.19583 (Quintette)Tumbler RidgeHart Ranges (Northern Rockies)[49][50][51][52]
Sparwood MineCoalSparwoodElk Valley
Sullivan MinePb, Zn, Ag, Sn, Cu, Au, Fe, S, Sb, Cd, Bi, In, W49°42′27″N 116°00′19″W / 49.70750°N 116.00528°W / 49.70750; -116.00528 (Sullivan)KimberleyEast Kootenay[53]
Surf Inlet MineAu, Cu, Ag, Mb53°05′29″N 128°52′56″W / 53.09139°N 128.88222°W / 53.09139; -128.88222 (Surf Inlet)Port Belmont a.k.a. Surf InletPrincess Royal Islandc. 1900-[54]
Tasu MineFe, Cu, Ag, Au52°45′24″N 132°02′36″W / 52.75667°N 132.04333°W / 52.75667; -132.04333 (Tasu)TasuMoresby Island1908–1987Magnetite lode discovered by Haida people in the late 18th century[55]
Tulsequah Chief MineZn, Cu, Pb, Ag, Au, Cd58°44′09″N 133°36′04″W / 58.73583°N 133.60111°W / 58.73583; -133.60111 (Tulsequah Chief)N/ATaku RiverRedfern Resources Ltd.1925-[56][57]
Windy Craggy MineCu, Co, Au, Ag, Zn59°44′09″N 137°44′37″W / 59.73583°N 137.74361°W / 59.73583; -137.74361 (Windy Craggy)N/ATatshenshini-AlsekFalconbridge / Geddee Resourcesproposed, never developed, region now provincial park/ world heritage site[58]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ By order of importance in showing/production. Commodities shown in brackets are from showings and prospects associated with the producing mine, but are not under production
  2. ^ In the case of sequential or multiple owners, only the last owner, or the largest shareholder, will be named, or the company best known for association with the mine, either by stature or longevity. For more details see the references in each case. Founders/discoverers or notable individual promoters/investors may be named in the "Comments" column.
  3. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Blue Hawk Mine
  4. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory
  5. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Bralorne Mine
  6. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Britannia Mine
  7. ^ BCGNIS|49996|Bullion (mining camp)
  8. ^ BC Govt Property File search
  9. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory
  10. ^ Infomine listing
  11. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Cariboo-Amelia Mine
  12. ^ listing "Camp McKinney
  13. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, McKinney Creek Placer
  14. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory
  15. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory
  16. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Copper Mountain Mine
  17. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Ingerbelle Mine
  18. ^ Craigmont Mines
  19. ^ BC MINFILE Mineral Inventory
  20. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Estella Mine
  21. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Giant Mascot
  22. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Star of Emeory 3 (Giant Mascot)
  23. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Pride of Emory (Giant Mascot)
  24. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Golden Cache
  25. ^ Short Portage to Lillooet, Irene Edwards, self-publ., Lillooet, 1976
  26. ^ Halfway to the Goldfields: A History of Lillooet, Lorraine Harris, Sunfire Publications
  27. ^ The Great Years: Gold Mining in the Bridge River Valley, Lewis Green, Tricouni Books, 2000
  28. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Granisle
  29. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Hat Creek Coal, Hat Creek No. 1, Hat Creek No. 2
  30. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Pacific Bentonite/Hat Creek
  31. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Hidden Creek Mine/Anyox Mine
  32. ^ Various: see MINFILE Search "Highland Valley"
  33. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Kemess South
  34. ^ MINFILE Search, "Kemess"
  35. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Kitsault Mine
  36. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Minto Mine
  37. ^ Morton, Brian (1 October 2012). "Morrison Lake mine rejected by B.C. government over concerns about salmon". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  38. ^ "Morrison Mine project denied Environmental Assessment Certificate". British Columbia Information Bulletin 2012ENV0061-001446. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  39. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory
  40. ^ MINEFILE Mineral Inventory
  41. ^
  42. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Phoenix (Knob Hill)
  43. ^ MINFILE Search "Phoenix"
  44. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory
  45. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Premier Mine/Premier Silbak
  46. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Northern Lights/Premier Border
  47. ^ Vancouver Mine/Premier Extension
  48. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Quinsam Coal
  49. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Quintette
  50. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Quintette Shikano)
  51. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Babcock (Quintette)
  52. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Quintette (Frame)
  53. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory
  54. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory
  55. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory
  56. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Tulsequah Chief Mine
  57. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Big Bull/Tulsequah Chief
  58. ^ MINFILE Mineral Inventory, Windy Craggy