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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2006-4


Zinc in British Columbia


by T.G. Schroeter, J. Chou and J.W. Pardy


View Information Circular 2006-4 (PDF, 568 KB)


This brochure briefly describes zinc deposits, highlighting the Sullivan and Cirque deposits.  It has a location map of selected zinc deposits and tables of selected zinc producers and resources.


The British Columbia MINFILE database lists 3814 zinc-bearing occurrences in the province. Those with mineral inventories are listed as current producers (1), past producers (876), developed prospects (201) and prospects (754). Total zinc production (1905-2005) from 64 mines is approximately 10 Mt, valued at over $6 billion. The top 13 deposits account for over 99% of total production. Many older mines did not recover zinc as a byproduct, due primarily to its low value at the time. The mine accounted for nearly 80% of the province's total zinc production. Total existing in-ground resources in 90 deposits are estimated at 10.5 Mt of zinc.


To create your own list of zinc 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).