Mascot Gold Mine Tours
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Mascot Gold Mine Tours

Mascot Gold Mine Tours
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Our 4.5-hour tour will take you to the Mascot Gold Mine, perched high on a cliff overlooking the Similkameen Valley. You will explore historic mine buildings, find out how gold was mined here and experience what it was like to live at the mine. You’ll enter the main portal for approximately 200m where you will be treated to our light and sound effects show and experience what it is like underground. The view will take your breath away – but the stairs might too! To access the mine site we’ll be hiking down a short dirt road and descending and ascending 583 stairs. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots, and bring water and snacks for the duration of the tour. The tunnel is chilly so remember to bring a sweater.
Hedley, British Columbia, Canada

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B.Real
1 contribution
Jun. 2022 • Solo
It’s a long trek up but very worthwhile. The local native band is not offering tours despite having been gifted the site after the govt plowed a ton of money into the restoration. So ignore the trespassing signs and just go if you want to see it. It’s pretty awesome and you’ll have the place to yourself.
Written June 24, 2022
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Steve Noakes
9 contributions
Oct. 2021
I did this tour a couple of times back when it first opened in the early 2000s. I also followed the preservation societies efforts to preserve the site with steel roofing applied as a critical and costly effort to preserve the buildings.

Once it was turned over to the Similkimeen band and significant government investment applied to the mine site restoration, underground safety and tour infrastructure as well as the "Discovery Centre" (original Hedley school), there was hope for the site to be preserved. It was also to be an opportunity for both revenue and employment for the band.

It has been closed since 2017, apparently from the lack of staff and profitability. The latter may also contribute to a lack of enthusiasm by the band to continue the venture.

Too bad. But mining heritage in BC, as rich as it is, doesn't pay the bills. The Britannia Mining Museum, located on a route thick with visitors in transit to and from Whistler/Blackcomb struggles. The Red Mountain underground museum in Rossland struggles.

In March 2021, the provincial government announced an $800,000 covid relief grand will be given to the site. I hope they use it well.

It's a good tour and could be better. It needs marketing expertise and an effort to succeed on the part of those involved with it.
Written October 25, 2021
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Sandy C
Barriere, Canada32 contributions
Sep. 2019
I am late posting this review, I have posted it as of Sept 19, but we took our tour in 2005 and I just want to share my opinion. My 15 year old son and I gave a family tour of Mascot Mine and one night to my husband as a birthday gift. We stayed in Hedley at the Assay office B&B. We took the morning tour. I was very experienced with the road up to the mine, having worked in the area for many years as a prof. consultant. The drive up is only half the fun. The tour guide, a young FN man was excellent. The tour through the mine itself was also excellent. We did all those stairs, down and then back up. It was tough going back up for me as I have hip issues. But perseverance is what keeps one going. I would recommend this to any one who is fit enough to do the hike from the parking lot and the stairs. If you think you can't do the stairs back up, just do what you can. Don't over do it, but also don't under estimate your will to see and do what is on your bucket list. If you have young kids they won't be able to do this, but I know of some parents that will back pack their kids in and out no problem, you decide if you are that kind of person.
Visit the museum. Drop a few dollars in this little town and take home photographs and memories.
My son, 15 at the time was at first complaining about no TV in the B&B, but he subsequently seen he had no time for TV, we toured the town, we went out for dinner, we had no spare time for TV.
Written September 29, 2019
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Karen P
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Aug. 2018 • Friends
Wonderful experience. You will certainly understand about gold mining in the Yukon. The tour includes a visit to a roadhouse museum, active mining sites, and wraps up with gold panning. The guide, Oliver, was patient and a great gold panning instructor. Rubber boots are provided but dress for conditions. You may wish to bring your own drinks as well. Tour takes about three hours.
Written August 22, 2018
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cvsroadtrip
Victoria, Canada3 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Hedley is small but there are places to stay and I hear they plan to put in a golf course.
The big building in town houses all the historical stories and is where you take the tour
UP to the Mascot mine....fabulous! Early in the year , spring, we (2 of us) got a tour up
there with a local native lady and she had some great stories to tell about the mine
and stories about the indigenous peoples
The view is wild as you look straight down on Hedley after climbing down many stairs
into the area where some lived up there. One of the highlights of the
Similkameen valley.
BCers.....get out there and visit your own province. The word should get out to
tourism buffs also!!!!! ENJOY
Written December 28, 2017
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Doug M
vernon4 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Friends
Had the tour a few years ago and it was a great experience. Took friends this year and found it was closed for the last couple of years. Local first nation group were to run it and now complain it was not profitable enough along with many other excuses. Now want 9 million dollar gondola lift to get tourist to top. The previous bus ride was part of the experience. It is a shame as it appears no one is maintaining this unique site, clinging to the side of the mountain. All will be lost in a few year. Govt should step in and take back control, but probably not seen as politically correct. Very disappointing.
Written July 11, 2017
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redjule70
South Hazelton, Canada185 contributions
Aug. 2016 • Family
Learned it was closed upon arrival in Hedley. Very disappointed as the first leg of our trip was focused on this mine. Mislead.
Written August 10, 2016
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Mark C
3 contributions
Jul. 2016 • Family
Booked a trip based on this as an anchor point to find out it was closed for the year on arrival. The website indicated "seismic upgrade" but i called and the person in the office said they had no one to run it. Kind of hard to make money if you dont open the doors. Dissapointing.
Written July 9, 2016
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Don B
Oliver, Canada13 contributions
Sep. 2015 • Couples
A totally enjoyable 4 1/2 hour tour. It takes almost a hour to bus up to the mine on a switchback loaded road out of another age. There are a lot of steps down to the mine (and back up to the bus), but there is no rush and the views are unbelievable. As you sit by the mine entrance it is hard to believe some men actually lived up there. And the rest, especially the married men, rode an ore cart up from Hedley (1000 ft below) every day. Bring a jacket. It was +30 C outside and +3 C in the mine. We have driven past the mine countless times and this was a special trip to see it. It was totally worth the effort. The guide and the bus driver were excellent. I would highly recommend it.
Written September 16, 2015
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Mercedes R
2 contributions
Jul. 2015 • Family
Fantastic view of the Similkameen Valley. Excellent tour with a fun guide. It felt like there are about 1 million stairs to climb in the end.
Written September 15, 2015
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