Field trips

One-day field trips will be held on Wednesday, October 23. All tours will depart from the foyer of The Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre. The organizer reserve the right to cancel a field trip if the number of participants does not meet the minimum number required.


Wednesday, October 23 FULL DAY

Teck Highland Valley Copper operates 24 hours a day seven days a week, producing both copper and molybdenum concentrates through autogenous and semi-autogenous grinding and flotation.

This Surface Mining operation has three open pits; Highmont, Lornex and Valley that have been designed by conventional means – computerized geological modeling, pit slopes which incorporate the available geotechnical data, forecasted metal prices, forecasted project costs and a combination of manual and automated pit design approaches which develop an economical, workable ultimate pit design.

The tour will include a visit to the largest open pit on the property called Valley Pit. During your visit, you will see conventional shovel-truck mining and in-pit ore crushing and conveying as part of the Valley Pit operation.

Following the pit tour, visitors will tour the Highland Mill and Flotation building, where recently HVC has commissioned an additional ball mill.

The conclusion of the visit will include a tour of the tailings impoundment which is formed by two dams, H-H and L-L Dams. The L-L Dam is constructed from hydraulically placed cycloned sand and the H-H Dam constructed from earth and rockfill. Both have an impervious till core. The L-L Dam is one of the largest tailings dams in North America measuring approximately 170 m in height and up to 1 km thick in certain areas. A state of the art instrumentation monitoring system is used to analyze real-time data.

All visitors must report to security prior to accessing the property and prior to leaving the property.

All visitors are required to wear steel-toed footwear, hard hats, reflective vests and safety glasses. No Contacts, prescription eye wear (glasses) only. Safety glasses should be clear (no shade). Hard hats, steel-toed boots, reflective vests and glasses, with advanced notice can be issued to all visitors, and visitors will return these items at the conclusion of their visit.

Cost: $125 Included bus transportation and lunch
Maximum: 17 participants


This field trip is now SOLD OUT. To be put on the wait-list, please contact:

Wednesday, October 23 FULL DAY

New Afton

The New Afton copper-gold mine is located approximately 350 kilometers northeast of Vancouver in the south-central interior of British Columbia. The property is only 10 kilometers from the regional hub of Kamloops and is easily accessible by paved road.

The New Afton Mine occupies the site of the historic Afton Mine, a previous operation of Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”), and includes an open pit, underground workings, historic support facilities, a new concentrator and recently constructed tailings facility. The New Afton deposit extends to the southwest from immediately beneath the Afton Mine open pit. New Afton began production in June 2012 and began commercial production ahead of schedule in July 2012.

Please note that site safety requirements apply to visitors. Long sleeved tops (no hooded tops and/or jackets) and long pants must be worn; contact lenses are not permitted for Underground Tours, and prescription eyeglasses, if necessary, must be worn. All visitors must be clean shaven when participating in an Underground Tour.


Molycop Canada, part of the global Molycop business, is a grinding media manufacturer and supplier.  Molycop has been based in the heart of the mining industry in Kamloops, BC since 1986.   A second, state of the art, plant was built in 2015 in order to accommodate the expanding industry as well as continue to focus on best practices and technologies for forging and heat treatment in order to enhance the performance of the grinding media.  The product is sold all over Canada as well as Alaska.

Long sleeves, long pants, and appropriate footwear for an industrial setting (no open toe shoes) as well no hooded jackets or sweaters.  Safety glasses, hi vis, gloves, and hearing protection will be provided

Cost: $125 Included bus transportation and lunch
Maximum: 16 participants

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  • Chantal Murphy

    Conference Coordinator

    1-514-939-2710 ext. 1309

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    Director, Conferences and Trade Shows

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