A Vertical Adventure!

Join us on a tour of
the incredible Mascot Gold Mine, perched
on a cliff face over-looking the spectacular Similkameen Valley. Experience what life was like as a hard rock gold miner, explore the mine buildings and step back in time.

 

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The Beginning

The Mascot Gold Mine story has an unusual “hero”. Hard-luck prospector Duncan Woods arrived in Hedley after much of Nickel Plate Mountain had been claimed, but he noticed a small, 40-acre sliver had been missed. He claimed the land and named the fraction Mascot.

In 1904 the Daly Reduction Company, which owned the claims surrounding
Woods’ and operated the Nickel Plate Mine, discovered that their main ore body angled into Woods’ claim and the superintendent, Gomer P. Jones, approached him to purchase it. We’ll never know what was said between the two men, but Woods was so angry with Jones that he refused to sell as long as Jones was involved!

Woods finally did sell his claim to a group from Vancouver and in 1933 they formed Hedley Mascot Gold.

 

 

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The First Miners
The Similkameen People have been mining in this Valley for thousands of years, mining by hand for ochre, chert, petrified wood, opal, quartz and even gold! These minerals have been important commodities to our people. Visit the Snaza’ist Discovery Centre to find out more.

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