Just 20 minutes south of Gold Bridge in the Bridge River Valley lies the community of Bralorne, which as a mining town during the Great Depression with the opening of the Bralorne Pioneer Mine in 1932. Producing more than four million ounces before it closed in 1971, it was the richest gold mine in Canadian history and prompted the construction of a town, schools, churches, post office, houses, recreation halls, and hunting lodges. The mine, abandoned for many years, reopened in 2011 due to high gold prices and is producing gold once again.
History buffs visiting Bralorne enjoy poking around old ghost towns and abandoned mines, while those more inclined to explore the outdoors appreciate the valley’s fishing, hunting, rock hounding, and rugged mountain beauty. Nearby lakes have resorts along their shores and mountain biking is a popular activity. Snowmobiling on spectacular glaciers is an irresistible draw for winter enthusiasts and the phenomenal heli-skiing keeps backcountry skiers coming back for more.
Today the small community of Bralorne hosts a small population, and as the highest community in the valley offers ample opportunity for summer hiking and mountain biking, with old mining trails providing fun multi-use routes. The Bralorne Museum, Church, Community Hall and abandoned mine sites and ghost towns all provide a fascinating glimpse into Gold Rush History for those history buffs out there.