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Copper Mountain Mine near Princeton BC has been the site of mining activity dating back to 1923. It began with underground workings and evolved into an open pit operation in 1968. After a period of closure, a new owner, Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, completed more detailed exploration, developed a new mine plan, and built new infrastructure that put the mine back into operation in 2011.
Copper Mountain Mine is a modern operation that uses huge equipment and traditional open pit mining methods to deliver some 35,000 tonnes of ore to the mill each day. In 2016 the mine produced 83 million lbs copper, 30,800 oz. gold and 291,900 oz. silver.
The mine employs 400 people who come mostly from Princeton and the surrounding area. The workforce is diverse and includes equipment operators, all types of trades, scientists, engineers, and technologists as well as accounting, HR, communications and logistics specialists.
The tour will include pit operations, the machine shop, the mill, and reclamation activities. It will be a great opportunity to learn about the mining process from the people who work in operations.
Coach transportation from Vancouver and points east is provided.
Depart: Vancouver PNE Park & Ride, Hastings & Windermere 6:00am
Pick-up 1 Langley (Colossus Langley Cinemas parking lot) 6:40am
Pick-up 2 Abbotsford (Whatcom Rd & Hwy 1) 7: 10 am
Pick-up 3: Princeton Chevron station (~9:30 am)
Return: PNE (Vancouver) 7:00 pm (earlier for Abbotsford & Langley)
Bring your own snacks, water and lunch. The tour is largely outdoors. Dress prepared for fall (cool, wet) weather.
Click here to register. Registration is through Eventbrite.
Deadline: October 6, 2017
Numbers of registrations at this time will determine if the tour will go ahead. Registration will stay open until October 13 pending available spaces.