About 15,000 people directly or indirectly work in the province’s mining industry, with ten working mines in the province producing 28% of nickel, 10% copper, 4% gold, 11% zinc and other minerals for the rest of Canada.
In 2009, the combined value of mineral production for metals, industrial minerals and petroleum totalled over $1.9 billion.
One of the biggest attractions was the ability to pan for gold. Experts were on hand to show participants the ropes.
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