The Northwest Territories has a long, exciting, and rich mining history. Mining and mineral exploration have played a significant role in the history, development, and economic well-being of the Territory for over seventy years. Since the 1930s, many mines have opened and closed including Eldorado, Ruth, Discovery, Rayrock, Tundra, Cantung, Giant and Con. Today, the Northwest Territories is still making mining history. With the discovery of diamonds at Lac de Gras, Canada is now the third largest diamond producing nation, by value, in the world.
The extensive and incredible history of northern mining is worth saving, documenting and displaying. However, there is currently no such place to showcase this history. To address this shortcoming, the NWT Mining Heritage Society is constructing a unique NWT Mining and Geological Interpretive Centre in Yellowknife. When completed, this interpretive centre will:
- Be a vibrant, one of a kind, tourist attraction for the Northwest Territories.
- Become a focal point for the mining, geological and scientific community in the North.
- Contribute to opportunities for other spin-off businesses associated with the adjacent lake and boating facilities.
- Boost NWT tourism by attracting a new market of geo-tourists.
- Increase business to local hotels, restaurants, retail stores, gas stations, campgrounds, gift shops, etc.
The Society is committed to showcasing the importance of mining and geology in the North. We are seeking to engage a wide variety of patrons including students, rock hounds, historians, and tourism operators. In order to make this a reality, the Society is calling for monetary support.
Follow these links to learn more about the Museum Project:
- Outdoor Display
- NWT Mining & Geological Interpretive Centre Master Plan
- Strategic Plan
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