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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2014-04


Gold production and resources in British Columbia, 1890-2013

B. Northcote, B. Madu, T. Schroeter, and G. Li


Consisting of a province-wide map (1:175 000 scale) and an appendix with 314 files summarizing camps and individual deposits, Information Circular 2014-04 updates previous British Columbia Geological Survey gold inventories to then end of 2013. Between 2003 and 2013, gold exploration in British Columbia surged, resulting in new discoveries and expansion at known deposits. The growth in total gold resources has far exceeded production over the ten-year period. Since 2003, the total estimated resource has grown from about 78.8 million ounces to about 290 million ounces. Currently, most gold in British Columbia is produced as a byproduct or coproduct at porphyry copper mines; with few exceptions, production has moved away from small vein deposits. British Columbia's rich porphyry copper endowment suggests that a focus on the porphyry copper-gold model will continue, although the possibility of smaller, high-grade deposits remains.


View map (PDF, 33 MB)


Download Appendix 1 (Excel, ZIP 353 KB)


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