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The Simpson Copper Mine Shaft, a crucial piece of Canadian
mining history, is located right in the town of Bruce Mines. 
The Bruce Mines, as they were collectively known, produced
the first hard-rock copper in Canada  in 1847.  Having been
restored to demonstrate copper mining of the 1800's,
the Simpson Shaft is open for guided tours during the
summer months.

Visitors get a glimpse of what it was like to mine
on the shores of Lake Huron. See a replica of a
horse pulled whim that pulled the buckets of ore
up and down the mineshaft, walk in the footsteps of
the miners down in the actual sloop mine, and peruse
our mining museum and gift shop.

Open July  & August. 

Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.   
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Admission: Adults $4, Children/ Students $3, Family (max. 2 adults) $8

Additional Information

To find out more about Mining in our Area go to Bruce Mines: A History of Copper. There you can view over 180 historical images and read supporting narratives.

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