Whitehorse Copper Belt
The Whitehorse Copper Belt (sometimes Copperbelt) covers an arc of geological significance about 30 km long around the west side of Whitehorse, Yukon. It stretches from the area of the Whitehorse landfill in the north, south along the Copper Haul Road past Mount Sima and Mary Lake, and to a point near the South Klondike Highway just south of the Carcoss Cutoff.
The Copper Belt has been the source of interest to prospectors and miners since the late 1890s. It provided the basis for several producing copper mines, many more mineral claims, and much exploration. Today, the old mines and traces of exploration make interesting hiking destinations especially for those who appreciate the historical, economic, and social aspects associated with them.
In the summer of 1907, R.G. McConnell of the (Canadian) Geological Survey Office, visited the Whitehorse Copper Belt. He prepared a report that was published in 1909. It describes each mine site and the surrounding geology. It also includes several maps, the most interesting of which shows the complete Copper Belt area with contours, railways, roads, and trails marked.
The Whitehorse Copper Belt, Yukon Territory; McConnell, R G. Geological Survey of Canada, Separate Report no. 1050, 1909, 81 pages (8 sheets) is available online here:
- Yukon EMR Library. The report itself is in searchable PDF format. Unfortunately, the largest map (separate PDF) is not very clear.
- Bibliothèque nationale de France. This is a much better version of the largest map on which you can zoom in to see more detail of Whitehorse and surrounding area in 1907.
WARNING: Old mine sites are former industrial areas that may contain dangerous features. There may be old machinery, sinkholes, vertical shafts, and crumbling edges of open pits that are not obvious until too late. Use extreme care when exploring these areas. You probably don't want to go alone. Some areas may not be suitable for children or dogs that are not carefully supervised.
You should never enter any old mine workings due to the possibility of cave-in or bad air.
THEN and Timothy Green are not responsible for any accidents that may occur to you while you visit any of the project areas described here. Your activities in any of these areas are at your own risk despite the presence or absence of any warnings on this site.
For the purposes of historical exploration, we separate the Whitehorse Copper Belt into four projects. You can explore them using the links below or via the interactive map a bit farther down.
- Copper Belt North: War Eagle, Pueblo, Anaconda/Rabbit Foot, CopperKing/Carlisle
- Copper Belt Centre: Spring Creek, Empress of India, Grafter, Best Chance/Retribution, Arctic Chief, Little Chief (Whitehorse Copper), Valerie, North Star
- Copper Belt South: Copper Cliff, Keewenaw, Cowley Park
- Copper Mines Branch: railway spur serving North and Centre regions in early 1900s
Klondike Big Inch
One of the most-successful breakfast food giveaways ever was the Klondike Big Inch in the area of Dawson City, Yukon. Thank you, Quaker, for helping keep Yukon on the map!
Real Thing in Porter Creek
The Real Thing area is a wooded, undeveloped area along the south side of the Porter Creek subdivision in Whitehorse, Yukon. It is quite accessible by foot, cycle, public transit, and vehicle.
This project provdes 50 points of interest to help you explore the whole area.
The TimmiT History Exploration Notebook is a work in progress. Other projects will appear here in due course.