Tyranite Mine

Category Exploration Date Status Province / State Country
Mining , Abandoned Ontario Canada


This mine has apparently had several incarnations over time. The ore body was first staked in 1930 by L.O. Hedlund. Several organizations obtained options to the property over the next few years, but did little with it, and let their options lapse.

In 1936, the property was acquired by Tyranite Gold Mines Limited. After that, a 3-compartment shaft was sunk to a depth of 1,151 feet over 7 levels. According to a document entitled A Chronology of Minerals Development in Canada, production started here in 1939, but was suspended in 1942, presumably due to the war. During this time, the mine produced 31,352 ounces of gold and 4,860 ounces of silver from 223,810 tons of ore.

Personal Commentary: 

When we arrived here, I have to admit to being somewhat taken aback. I knew of the location, but not whether or not we were going to find anything. To find what we did, was a very pleasant surprise.

As we walked around the site, we began to get the impression that it had been worked before its latest incarnation. Some parts of it just seemed out of place with others, and I soon suspected that they were leftovers from previous operations there. The history of the mine would bear out that theory.

Each building, and every corner seemed to offer something interesting. We probably could have stayed another couple of hours, but we had other sites we wanted to investigate, and daylight doesn't stick around long this time of year.

Update July 1, 2018:

We stopped by for a quick visit on a very hot day.  I was curious to see if any further development had been done here, or if the site had just continued to fall into disrepair.

It appeared some work had been done at some point.  A couple of buildings had been removed, and another's roof had been reshingled.  Aside from that, there was little eveidence of anything that had changed.  I took a few photos, shown here, before continuing on with our day.

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