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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2012-01


British Columbia Mines and Mineral Exploration Overview 2011


by J. Britton, J. DeGrace, D. Grieve, J. Kyba, B. Madu and B. Northcote


View Information Circular 2012-1 (PDF, 7.8 MB)

See also Operating Mines and Selected Major Exploration Projects in BC, 2011, Open File 2012-1 (map)


British Columbia’s coal and mineral resources are strategically located to be a significant asset for the international mining industry, particularly as a supplier for North American and Asian markets. The province has well-defined potential for a wide variety of minerals and deposit types. The geoscience database is extensive and easily accessed and the provincial government is committed to aggressively improving that data and encouraging new developments. With attractive energy costs, a well developed, all-weather highway system, rail links and a number of deep-water ports, British Columbia has the infrastructure to cost-effectively get coal, minerals and resulting products to markets.


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)