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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2010-4

Copper in British Columbia


by J. Fredericks, B. Northcote, T. Schroeter and L. Wilkin


View Information Circular 2010-4 (PDF, 2.4 MB)


This updated brochure briefly introduces the copper deposits in British Columbia, including the Highland Valley Copper, New Afton and Copper Mountain deposits.  It has a location map of selected copper deposits, by deposit type, and a table of the 20 largest ranked by contained copper.


The MINFILE database lists over 6,950 copper-bearing occurrences in the province; 3,643 of these list copper as the primary commodity.  Total copper production (1894 to 2010) is approximately 13 Mt.  The top 15 mines account for 90% of total production, with these dominated by calcalkalic porphyries, followed by alkalic porphyries and VMS deposits.


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