A total of 25,500,493 ounces of gold have been produced from 29 mines in the Red Lake Mining District (to December 2009; Lichtblau et al., 2010). Gold production has been continuous since 1930 when the Howey Gold Mine entered production. In 2009, gold production was 781,700 tonnes or 622,700 ounces at a grade of 26 g/t Au from the Campbell and Red Lake Mines of Goldcorp (Lichtblau et al., 2010).
Table 6-1: List of historic mines in the Red Lake Camp.
The first gold discovery in the Red Lake area was in 1897 as a result of work by the Northwestern Ontario Exploration Company. Exploration gained momentum in 1925 following publication of a report by E.L. Bruce and significant discoveries by Lorne Howey and George McNeely followed, with exploration peaking in 1926. During its history, 14 gold discoveries in the area have become producing mines and the world class Campbell and Red Lake mines are still in production. The Red Lake greenstone belt remains one of Canada’s major gold producing camps with a total historical production of >25 million ounces gold.