Premier, British Columbia

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Abandoned town
Premier is located in British Columbia
Location of Premier in British Columbia
Coordinates: 56°03′00″N 130°01′00″W / 56.05000°N 130.01667°W / 56.05000; -130.01667Coordinates: 56°03′00″N 130°01′00″W / 56.05000°N 130.01667°W / 56.05000; -130.01667
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Area code(s) 250, 778

Premier was a large gold mining camp in British Columbia, Canada some 18 miles from Stewart. It ran from the years 1918 to 1953 and was a large employer in the area. Huge bunkhouses, generators, concentrators, machine and cook houses sat on the hillside. A road provided access to the area, snowfall pending. Horses and cat tractors were used.

Strangely Premier was closer to Hyder, Alaska, United States some 14 miles away, but the mine was in Canadian territory. The international aspects of the operation provided some interesting details on men's entertainment. Liquor was legal in Canada, while bawdy houses were not. Hyder did a lively business in providing entertainment.

The mine was reopened as an open pit in 1987 by Westmin Resources. The Granduc copper mine is nearby, further north on a gravel based road; and there are other properties—BC Silver, Newmont, and Skyhawk. The Granduc Mine is about 4 miles up the Granduc Road and above the treeline, partly under a glacier.

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