Quality of life is key – and products of the mining industry make it all possible.
BC’s mining industry – much of it based right here in the Kootenays – is proud to provide the metals used in the products we rely on to sustain our great lifestyles – one example is Moly for mountain bikes. Other metals and minerals are used in trains, cars, cosmetics, toothpaste, MP3 players, planes, household appliances, TV’s etc. After over a century of mining activity, the Kootenay-Boundary region is still BC’s premier mining region producing 56% of 2004 mining revenues and accounting for 60% of our province’s mining employment.
The Chamber of Mines of Eastern British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization providing authentic, reliable information to the general public and the mining industry. Our members include everyone from individual prospectors to large mining and engineering companies.
We advocate for the mining industry, especially for prospectors and explorationists, as well as serving as an information and resource library with an extensive collection of geological information, maps, as well as rock and mineral specimens. We host elementary to high school classes as well as providing prospecting and other courses. Our graduates have had great success and are responsible for bringing millions of dollars worth of investments to the Kootenay-Boundary region.
The South has the infrastructure, your exploration dollar goes 10 times farther, you can mine much lower grade and much lower tonnage because the infrastructure is here. The most economically viable piece of country in Western Canada is adjacent to the 49th parallel. This is an area of high economic potential and it hasn’t had any money spent on it for a long time. There has not been nearly enough activity and maybe it is time to generate something new here!