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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2006-5

Copper in British Columbia


by T.G. Schroeter, E. Man and J. Chou


View Information Circular 2006-5 (PDF, 1.6 MB)


This brochure briefly describes copper deposits in British Columbia, highlighting the Galore Creek and Highland Valley Copper deposits.  It has a location map of selected copper deposits, by deposit type, and a table 15 BC Copper Deposits ranked by contained copper.


The MINFILE database lists 6831 copper-bearing occurrences in the province; 3566 of these list copper as the primary commodity.  Total copper production (1894 to 2005) is approximately 12Mt, valued at $25 billion dollars. The top 15 deposits account for 90% of total production.


Total in-ground gold resources in 215 deposits are estimated at 23 Mt of copper. The 15 largest deposits account for 92% of total resources.


To create your own list of copper 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).