5800 Ch. Capelton, North Hatley, Quebec J0B 2C0.
Capelton, near North Hatley on route 108.
JUN to mid-JUL Sat 8:30-16.
Mid-JUL to mid-AUG daily 8:30-16.
Mid-AUG to OCT Sat 8:30-16.
First tour: 10.
Mine Tour: Adults CAD 42, Children(16-17) 36.30, Children (6-15) CAD 28.45, Children (3-5) CAD 9.65, Children (0-2) free, Student CAD 39.60, Senior (65+) CAD 39.60, Family (2+2) CAD 95.10.
Mine plus Tour du Prospecteur: Adults CAD 56.50, Children(16-17) 46.60, Children (6-15) CAD 39.25, Children (3-5) CAD 14.75, Children (0-2) free, Student CAD 54.10, Senior (65+) CAD 54.10, Family (2+2) CAD 137.
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Guided tours:||D=105 min.|
|Address:||Capelton Mines, 5800, chemin Capelton, Canton de Hatley (Quebec) J0B 2C0, Tel: +1-819-346-9545, Free: 1-888-346-9545, Fax: +1-819-346-9769. E-mail:|
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|1865||first mine opened.|
|1939||last mine closed.|
|1995||opened to the public.|
|1998||awarded with the Grand prix du Tourisme québécois.|
Visitors enter Mines Capelton (Capelton Mines) with a miners train, like the miners once did. Inside the mine the tour shows the techniques and tools of the oldest copper mine in Québec. The geology of the mine, the processing of the copper ore, and the minerals and the speleothems in the mine are explained. Visitors are equipped with raincoat and a helmet, nevertheless we suggest a jumper, sturdy shoes and probably old clothes. If you forget to bring the right shoes, rubber boots are provided.
Capelton Mine is the oldest industrial mine in Canada. The copper mine was created with the work of minors. The mine is 1,200 m deep, but only a small part of the upper level is toured. Most of the lower levels is flooded, as the drainage pumps were turned off when the mine closed.
Adjacent to the reception building is a small mining museum. It shows the history of the Albert, Eustis, and Capelton Mines. There are interpretive trails on the 240 ha wooded site.
A rather new offer is the Tour du Prospecteur (prospector's tour). This tour revives the times of the early prospectors. The participants walk with their cart through the breathtaking landscape in search of valuable ores. Brooks are examined for gold and minerals, discoveries are made, claims are marked. This tour is both a historic experience and a possibility to collect minerals.