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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2006-2

Gold in British Columbia


by T.G. Schroeter and J. Chou


View Information Circular 2006-2 (PDF, 1.1 MB)


This brochure briefly describes gold deposits in British Columbia, highlighting the Eskay Creek and Kemess South deposits.  It has a location map of selected gold deposits, by deposit type, and a table of the top 25 lode gold producers.

The MINFILE database lists nearly 1000 individual lode and 95 placer deposits in the province. Total lode gold (1890-2005) and placer gold (1858-2005) production amounts to 31.2 million ounces and 5.6 million ounces, respectively. The top 25 past and current producers including the Bridge River, Rossland, Hedley, Premier, Greenwood and Cariboo-Barkerville camps and the Eskay Creek, Island Copper, Snip and Kemess South mines, which have each produced over a million ounces, account for 90% of total production.


Total in-ground gold resources currently stand at over 80 million ounces. Resources listed from 264 deposits, categorized as a percentage by deposit type, are: 74% porphyries; 18% veins; 7% massive sulphides and 1% skarns. Twenty-one deposits each contain in excess of 1 million ounces of gold.


Other gold publications:

  • Open File 2004-18 Lode Gold Production and Resources in BC (1890-2003) (map & table)
  • Open File 2004-1 Lode Gold Production and Resources in BC (1890-2002) (map & table)
  • Open File 2000-2 Gold Production and Resources in BC (1858-1998) (main report, map & table)

To create your own list of gold deposits, use the MINFILE/www SEARCH.


All publications of the BC Geological Survey are available digitally, free of charge, from this website.


For questions or more information on geology and minerals in British Columbia contact BCGS Mailbox or call toll free (BC Residents only).