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Britannia Mine Museum

I’d always wanted to visit the Britannia Mine, but had never had the time to stop. I did, I looked around at the outside, and then left. As a person who worked underground in a nickel mine, I am acutely … Continue reading

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Nystar Mine – core samples

You may have noticed the rows of sheds if you’ve driven  through Stratchona Provincial Park on your way to the Myra Falls trailhead. They contain carefully labeled boxes full of rock core samples from with the mines in the Nystar … Continue reading

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Strathcona – Nystar Mine

The Nystar Mine in Strathcona Provincial Park I’m not against mining as long as it is conducted in a responsible manner that protects nature – sadly the track record within British Columbia is dismal and there have been some notable … Continue reading

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Nystar mine – a nice truck

A nice Mac Truck at the Nystar Mine – Strathcona Provincial Park

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HW Mine water recovery pond

The HW Mine water recovery pond – it should not be that colour…

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Nanaimo – Bowen Road Cemetery

The Bowen Road Cemetery The Bowen Road Cemetery is the resting place of many coal miners who died in accidents and explosions, including the Esplanade No. 1 mine explosion on 3 May 1887, and the Wellington No. 5 explosion on … Continue reading

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No. 8 Mine

Cumberland, Bevan, and the surrounding areas were once the site of one of BC’s biggest coal mining operations, with 8 different mineshafts in operation. By 1950, the only mine left operating was No. 8, and in 1953, No. 8 closed … Continue reading

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Cumberland No. 4 Mine

No.4 Mine – Cumberland near Whytes Bay on Comox Lake There’s not much left to see of the No. 4 mine, which is a shame but understandable as the main access to the mine was by a drift tunnel and … Continue reading

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Strathcona – Boliden Westmin Mine

Did you know that Strathcona Provincial Park is home to mining operations that  produce zinc, copper, gold and silver?  The road into Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park goes right beside the mine operation. The Boliden Westmin Mine is relatively unique in that … Continue reading

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