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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Mining Life

At the height of activity, 130 men worked the Mascot Gold Mine. Many of the single men actually lived at the mine site. A small community was built right on the side of the cliff, complete with a cookhouse, bunkhouse, blacksmith shop, mine offices and mine operation buildings.

On of the miners remembers life in the clouds: “I worked underground at Hedley Mascot for two years, 1940-41. I was making $4.75 a day and my keep. That was good money then. I was single. I lived up on top in the Mascot Mine buildings… We stayed there free of charge.”

On days off there were lots of things to do in town below and in the surrounding area. Miners and their families enjoyed swimming in the rivers and creeks, fishing, hunting and hiking. There were even baseball and hockey teams, tennis courts and even a golf course.

 

 

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“The Mascot and the Nickel Plate were really good places to work; we did not realize that until we went other places to work. Conditions like excellent ventilation, good ground, the low silica content, you never think of these things as a young guy working there.”

~ Miner, Jim Camarta

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