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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

BCMEMPR Geoscience Map 2006-7: Geology of the Bella Coola Region
(NTS 093D/01, 07, 08, 10, 15 and parts of 093D/02, 03, 06, 09,
10, 11, 14, 16, and 092M/15 & 16)

GSC Open File 5385


by J.W. Haggart, L.J. Diakow, J.B. Mahoney, G.J. Woodsworth, L.C. Struik, S.M Gordee, S.  Israel, R.L. Hooper, P. van der Heyden, M. Rusmore, R.E. Lett, M. Ceh, N.L. Hastings and C. Wagner












Geoscience Map 2006-7 is a compilation of 1:100 000-scale geological maps and supporting data tables (see Geological Survey of Canada Open File 5410 for the CD download) for the eastern part of the Bella Coola map-area and adjacent regions in west-central British Columbia. The compilation encompasses more than 12 000 km² and straddles the boundary between the Intermontane and Coast Belt geomorphologic provinces. Geological mapping and data collection for the various maps on the CD was undertaken under different programs, including the Bella Coola Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI) Project, the British Columbia Rocks to Riches Program, and Cordilleran Energy and Minerals Project (Y15), administered by the Geological Survey of Canada.


The Bella Coola TGI Project was a jointly funded mapping program undertaken during the period 2000-2003 between the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and the British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS).  Additional support was provided by the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) and the Pacfic Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The objective of the Bella Coola TGI project was to update the geology in the region around Bella Coola, with the goals of unraveling the region’s complex geological history and assessing prospective rock sequences for volcanogenic massive sulphide and copper porphyry potential.


As a result of favourable mineralization results obtained in the more northerly parts of the TGI project, subsequent geological mapping was authorized in southern Whitesail Lake map-area (93E) under the British Columbia Rocks to Riches program during 2003 and 2004. This project included funding from the province of British Columbia as well as the GSC, the UWEC, and the PCIGR. Regional mapping at 1:50 000-scale carried out under this program adjoins the results of the Bella Coola mapping program.


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).


This publication supersedes BCGS Open File 2004-13 and GSC Open File 4639.


Related publications:

Geology, Foresight Mountain (93E/03), British Columbia (2006): Mahoney, J.B.; Hooper, R.L.; Gordee, S.M.; Haggart, J.W.;  Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5386, 1 sheet

Geology, Tesla Lake (93E/02), British Columbia (2006): Gordee, S.M.; Mahoney, J.B.; Hooper, R.L.; Haggart, J.W.; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5387, 1 sheet

Geology, Junker Lake and part of Knot Lakes (93C/04 and 92N/13), British Columbia(2006): Israel, S.; van der Heyden, P.; Haggart, J.W.; Woodsworth, G.J.; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5388, 2006; 1 sheet

Geology, Atnarko (93C/05), British Columbia (2006): Israel, S.; van der Heyden, P.; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5389; 1 sheet

Bedrock geology, Bella Coola region (93C, 93D, 93E, 92M, and 92N), British Columbia (2007): Haggart, J.W.; Diakow, L.J.; Mahoney, J.B.; Woodsworth, G.J.; Struik, L.C.; Gordee, S.M.; Israel, S.; Hooper, R.L.; van der Heyden, P.; Rusmore, M.; Lett, R.; Ceh, M.; Hastings, N.L.; Wagner, C.; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5410.