Things I Should Have Done – Gold Mining

I’m sure that you’ve all heard some of the quotes that say that when you get older, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did do. The list of things I didn’t do seems quite small, so I’m okay with that, but a couple of long-time friends have their placer gold mine down near Dawson for sale, and I’ve been thinking a lot that I should have tried that for a season or two. Hey, if Tod Hoffman can do it… 🙂

Placer gold and I have been been friends since I was just a little guy – since my Dad caught gold fever during British Columbia’s Centennial in 1958. Gold panning for me, though, was like fishing – I don’t like fishing, just catching, and the bang for the buck was just never there with gold panning other than Dad and I had some wonderful days together. In this photo, Dad is showing my brother-in-law Warren how the magic happens, on his claim on the Fraser River at Spuzzum, BC.

My father showing my brother-in-law how to pan for gold on the Fraser River at Spuzzum, BC

The proliferation of gold mining shows on TV has certainly caught the interest of a lot of people, and I’m on that list. Just from guiding tours through the Klondike gold fields for 20+ years, I know more about placer gold than some of the people in these shows seem to!

And now my friends tease with the gold mine they have for sale at Frisco Creek, 72 miles upriver from Dawson City. It’s ready to go, and look at the nuggets in that pan on their page! (Edit, Sept 2017: sorry, the Web page is gone). I certainly never saw anything like those in my pans.

Placer gold mine for sale at Frisco Creek, Yukon

But no, I think I’ll leave large-scale gold mining on the list of things I didn’t do. I have lots of other plans for the coming summer 🙂


Things I Should Have Done – Gold Mining — 1 Comment

  1. My brother has caught gold fever, so to speak. He’s been doing plenty of reading lately about gold claims, gold, panning, etc, etc. We grew up in Alberta on a cattle farm (still doing so just a different more northern property), but this family of ours has always be in love with BC and Yukon and just disappearing into the “wilderness” and not coming out unless we have to. We don’t watch TV, so that’s not why he’s got gold fever. He doesn’t want to go large-scale mining 🙂 just small. I’m just amazed that people these days still get gold fever.