Authors' Note: For ecological reasons, the mining of uranium has been banned in British Columbia for several decades. Uranium has been extensively extracted from pitchblende ore at sites elsewhere in Canada, and is present in the reduced or 'uranous' chemical state.
In the late 1890s, copper, gold and silver were discovered at Mt. Sicker on Vancouver Island. A gold-rush ensued, and mines were operated profitably in the area until 1909.
Today, the town of Chemainus (sheh-MAYN-uhs) is best known for its extensive exterior wall-murals which depict the history of its once-thriving resource extraction industries.
The Dominion Astrophysical Laboratory, site of many important discoveries about the Milky Way, is located 70 km south, in Saanich BC.
The saga continues ... See part #2 for the second half of this intriguing adventure. Click HERE.
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