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Gold Mining in BC

Gold Mining in British Columbia

The British Columbia Geological Survey’s MINFILE database lists over 3,380 occurrences for which gold is identified as the primary commodity. Of these, approximately 700 have recorded gold production (400 lode producers and 300 placer). Between 1858 and 2013, about 32 million ounces were produced from lode deposits and 6 million ounces from placers. Remaining in-ground gold resources in the province are estimated at 280 million ounces (source: BC Natural Resources ).

A Brief History

The history of gold mining in British Columbia, Canada, is rich and dates back to the mid-1800s when gold was first discovered in the region. Here is an overview of the key milestones and events in the history of gold mining in British Columbia:

Operating Mines:

As of September 2021, British Columbia has several operating gold mines. However, please note that the status of mines can change over time due to various factors, including market conditions, resource depletion, and regulatory considerations. Here are some of the notable operating gold mines in British Columbia:

Canagold Resources’
New Polaris 1950’s


British Columbia has a number of gold exploration companies actively operating in the province. However, the status of exploration projects and the companies involved can change over time due to various factors, including exploration results, market conditions, and corporate decisions. Here are a few gold exploration companies known to be currently active in British Columbia:

Skeena Resources Limited: Skeena Resources is engaged in exploration and development activities in the Golden Triangle region of northwestern British Columbia. They have been exploring the Eskay Creek and Snip gold projects, among others.

Ascot Resources Ltd: Ascot Resources is focused on exploration and development in the Stewart region of British Columbia. They have been exploring the Premier and Red Mountain gold projects.

Amarc Resources Ltd: Amarc Resources is involved in exploring and advancing several projects in British Columbia, including the IKE porphyry copper-gold-molybdenum project and JOY gold-copper project.

Benchmark Metals Inc: Benchmark Metals is active in the Golden Triangle region of British Columbia and has been exploring the Lawyers Gold-Silver project.

Bard Ventures Ltd: Bard Ventures has been involved in exploration activities in the Cassiar Gold Camp in northwestern British Columbia.

Goldsource Mines Inc: While not exclusively focused on British Columbia, Goldsource Mines has explored gold projects in the province, including the Eagle Mountain Gold project.

Canagold Resources Ltd: In 2023 Canagold Resources completed its exploration phase at its New Polaris project – a past producer in the 1930s and ‘50s – with a revised resources estimate of 1.1 million ounces of gold at a high grade of 11.6 grams gold per tonne. The company is now at the feasibility and permitting stage.

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