History

When we think of mining history, we often think of the gold rushes that lured frenzied prospectors to wild and untamed lands or early coal miners toiling deep underground. Countless communities sprang up because of these mining operations—some survived, some didn’t. For many that survived, mining has remained the lifeblood of the community. What has been handed down from generation to generation is that passion for prospecting—whether it be for gold, coal, diamonds or molybdenum. And there is still a pride in preserving the past and the roots of mining as we look ahead to the future.  

Recent History articles

The crocodilian track slab Kevin Sharman identified while working at Teck Resources' Quintette Mine.
History, British Columbia Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia—not your typical mining town

Small British Columbia town finds harmony between industries as it endures ups and downs of mining.

by Jillian Clark
The twin towns of Michel and Natal were the original settlements in the Elk Valley.
History, Mines, British Columbia The struggles and spirit of Canadian coal mining towns

History of coal mining in Sparwood and the Elk Valley

by Jillian Clark
The Madison property in Butte, Montana
History, Mines How to revive a gold mine

Broadway Gold Mining is looking to capitalize on an old mine’s success in Butte, Montana.

by Kyle Born
Bob Moffatt, standing in front of weathered building.
History, Mines, Alberta Bob Moffatt: A pioneer of Canada’s energy sector

Even after retiring, Bob Moffatt has returned to Atlas Coal Mine—his first place of employment.

by Jillian Clark
Family Fun Day at Britannia Mine Museum.
Mining Insider, History, Mines, British Columbia Celebrate BC Mining Week with Family Fun Day at Britannia Mine Museum

The Museum will also debut its new 2016 summer exhibit, Water: Beneath the Surface, which examines the complex world of H2O.

Vintage pictures of miners lining up to register their claim
Mining Insider, Education, History, Mines, Global Kickstarter campaign hopes to pay tribute to Robert Service and his influence on mining in Canada

Kurt Breede, of Watts, Griffis, and McQuat Ltd., has written a screenplay based on Robert Service's poems of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Picture of CP Rail coal train travelling through the Kootenays.
History, Mines, British Columbia Coal production in B.C. is a thriving industry

B.C. is fortunate to hold immense coal reserves measuring more than 23 billion tonnes of which 13 billion tonnes are steel-making, metallurgical coal

by Gerry Warner
The blue piece with the two rollers is Caliper's latest invention, the Roller Saddle Block.
Company Profiles, History, Technology, British Columbia, Global A BC company whose inventions improve mining equipment

Mike Hambalek and his team at Caliper Machine and Hydraulics in Cranbrook have come up with some heavy equipment innovations that are being used globally.

by Karen Kornelsen
A yellow boat with fishermen floats down a deep blue river against a stunning backdrop of trees and mountains
History, Sustainability & environment, British Columbia Working Together to Protect the Elk Valley Watershed

Marcia Smith, senior vice-president, sustainability and external affairs at Teck, writes regarding the government management plan issued for the Elk River

by Marcia Smith
Photo of concentrator building
Education, History, Mines, British Columbia A family visit to the Britannia Mine Museum

A family visits the award-winning Britannia Mine Museum at Britannia Beach on British Columbia's coast.

by DaleAnn Shellborn
Photo of Kirstin Clausen, Buddy the Miner and Gavin C. Dirom
History, Minerals, Mines, British Columbia BC’s Association for Mineral Exploration turns 100

BC's Association for Mineral Exploration turns 100

by Jessica Kirby
Book cover
History, British Columbia The McLeod Luck: a Hard Rock Story

Read this award winning auto-biography of the life and adventures of B.C. mining pioneer Don McLeod.

by Gail Jansen-Kesslar
Photo of the historical Engineer Mine
Company Profiles, Exploration, History, Mines, British Columbia, Yukon BCGold Corp.

Precious metals are on the rise, but BCGold Corp. knows there's a lot more to being a junior company than exploration projects.

by Breanne Massey
John Hansuld was humbled by the letters he received to be inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame this winter.
Exploration, History, Mines, Global The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame inducts the “father of flow-through”

Hansuld longed to work outdoors, but he hadn’t heard about geology before, but after more than three decades as a mining executive—Hansuld is a mining legend.

by Breanne Massey
Photo of outside city hall
History, Mines, British Columbia Light at the end of the tunnel

After seven years in the making, Fernie’s Miners Walk is now under construction and is expected to be unveiled to the public in November of 2011.

by Dan Williams
Five men on a mountaintop
History, Mines, British Columbia Knight Piésold turns 90

Knight Piésold has grown from a one-person consultancy in South Africa to a company that employs over 700 people worldwide, with two offices in Canada.

by Lisa Crane
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History, British Columbia Keeping gold heritage alive

A goldsmith operates her business out of a restored gold mining cabin built a century ago when gold was discovered in the area.

by Trevor Crawley