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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Gold in British Columbia

BCMEMPR Open File 1989-22


by T.G. Schroeter, A. Panteleyev, C. Lund and G. Carter 

Scale: 1: 2 000 000


View Open File (PDF, 2.58 MB) 


Open File 1989-22 documents the abundance and diversity of gold discoveries that have resulted from the tightly focused and successful exploration effort over the last several years. The report places them in context with the province's earlier history of precious metal production.


Gold production in British Columbia in 1987 totalled 11.7 tonnes, 10.6 per cent of Canadian production, ranking the province third-equal with the Northwest Territories as a gold producer, behind Ontario (44.8%) and Quebec (26.6%). Production is projected to double, and possibly triple, reaching more than 30 tonnes ( 1 million ounces) annually by early in the next decade; this is equivalent to 60 per cent of Canada's total production in 1981. There can be no better demonstration of the high potential for making new discoveries.


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