"HEDLEY - NOT QUITE A GHOST TOWN!" Top 5 Page for this destination Province of British Columbia Things to Do Tip by balhannah
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Continuing on our way from the town of Princeton, we came across the very small village of Hedley, thankgoodness, as it was lunch time! There is very little here, but we did find a shop open where we could get some food, a nice bowl of thick, homemade soup.
We sat outside, enjoyed our meal, and took in the amazing landscape.
Hedley has been famous for gold, and was once a thriving gold town, once boasting a population of over 1,000 people. There were 5 hotels and a "forty stamp" mill to process the gold from the massive gold claim in neighbouring Nickel Plate mountain. Now, there is only about 350 people that call Hedley home.
With binoculars, we could make out a mine located high on the mountain-side.
It would have been the Mascot Mine with its many buildings sitting precariously high on the cliffs of Nickel Plate mountain, some 5,000 feet above the valley floor. We could see the old buildings and entrances to shafts.
I only wish we had time to do the tour, as I think this one would be very good to do.
Website is below if your interested.
$37 + tax [2010 price]
It is advertised as a first class tourist attraction which takes visitors down some 500 steps down the mountainside and through the 80 year-old buildings that made up the original site.
Tours take 3 hours, there is interpretive signage and a guide.
There are many Historic Sites and buildings including the Hedley Mining Museum, a 1904 miner's cottage, Historic Log Barn, Blacksmith Shop and historic cemetery.
It was like stepping back in time!
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