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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Star Lake Gold Mine (Whiteshell Provincial Park)

In 1910, at this site south of Star Lake in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, the Winnipeg-based firm of Penniac Reef Gold Mines Limited established Manitoba’s first commercial gold mine. Closed at the onset of the First World War, it was operated sporadically from the 1930s to 1980s but rarely produced enough gold to be economically viable. The shaft was sealed with a concrete cap in the 1960s but evidence of other mining activity can be seen in the vicinity.

Concrete cap on the shaft of the Star Lake Gold Mine

Concrete cap on the shaft of the Star Lake Gold Mine (August 2021)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.73273, W95.25186
denoted by symbol on the map above


“New companies formed,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 May 1911, page 5.

“Gold displayed in paying quantities at Star Lake,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 August 1911, page 9.

This page was prepared by Kyle Daun and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 March 2022

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