Capelton Copper Mine
Capelton Copper mines, located in the heart of Canada’s oldest mining complex, were dug out with picks and shovels by candlelight in 1863.
This mine was one of the most profitable mines. Capelton Mine is more than 4,000 feet deep. Guests can enjoy a unique experience by visiting the underground galleries of the old mine, part of the mining industry, which was very important for the Eastern Townships.
In 1863, the Capelton Mines, on George Capel’s farm near North Hatley, was established due to the demand for copper coming from the United States during the Civil War. Other copper and sulphur mines were set up during this period within the North Hatley/Sherbrooke area, such as the Albert Mines, the Eustis Mines, the Hartford Mines and the Wheal Betsy Mines. Roads were constructed between these towns, as well as a railway, to offer efficient transportation.
Today, the mine which has not been gussied up with bright lights and sound systems, gives an accurate and truthful interpretation of what mining was like c1860 through 1920. Well-trained guides make the experience most enjoyable. However, the visit is not for the claustrophobic individual. There are steep sets of steps that must be negotiated so those with problems climbing shouldn’t attempt the tour. Besides, visitors are outfitted with boots and appropriate clothing before taking the exhilarating ride up-mountain to the mine’s entrance.
Visitors explore only a small portion of the upper level, and lower levels are flooded.
Website of Capelton Mine: www.minescapelton.com