Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park

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Remains of coal tipple, now part of the Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park

Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park is a 4 hectare provincial park in British Columbia, Canada.

Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park protects features of Vancouver Island's rich coal mining history. This small, undeveloped day-use park contains the only remaining coal tipple on the island. This concrete tipple was built in the early 1900s by the Pacific Coal Company, and was the first of its kind in the region. The tipple is all that remains of the Morden Coal Mine, which once thrived here. The first sod was turned at this mine in 1912; in its first year of operation the mine produced 76,000 tonnes of coal.

The Regional District of Nanaimo maintains a trail that runs through the park to the Nanaimo River along a historic railway right-of-way.

Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park is located 7 km south of Nanaimo on southern Vancouver Island. Access to the park is off Hwy 1 on Morden Road. The parking lot for Morden Colliery is also used as the trailhead for the regional district.

The area around the coal tipple is fenced off for public safety. Access inside the fenced area is prohibited .

There are no developed trails within Morden Colliery Historic Park, however the Regional District of Nanaimo maintains a trail that runs through the park to the Nanaimo River.

Interpretive signage at the parking lot offers more information about the mine site.

External links[edit]

  • "Morden Colliery Historic Park". BC Geographical Names.

Coordinates: 49°06′N 123°52′W / 49.100°N 123.867°W / 49.100; -123.867 (Morden Colliery)