British Columbia's Early Coal Production
1836 - 1896

by

C.D. Nicholson

Coal mining in British Columbia began long before the provincial gold rush of 1858.  The table below, from page 501 of the British Columbia Ministry of Mines Report of 1896, shows coal production being recorded in 1836.  Coal mining reportedly began on Vancouver Island sometime in the mid to late 1700's.



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