Local coal mining history is gradually being preserved by the Friends of Morden Mine Society.
Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park, established in 1972, contains the only remaining coal tipple on Vancouver Island. The concrete tipple was built in the early 1900s by the Pacific Coal Company, and was the first of its kind in the region. The tipple is all that remains of the Morden Coal Mine, which once thrived here. The first sod was turned at this mine in 1912; in its first year of operation the mine produced 76,000 tonnes of coal. A historic railway right-of-way also runs through the park.
Repairs to the concrete elements of the head frame and the tipple are urgently required. If you want to learn more or offer your help with the preservation and restoration efforts visit www.mordenmine.com
Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park is located 7 km south of Nanaimo on southern Vancouver Island. Access to the park is off Hwy 1 on Morden Road. The parking lot for Morden Colliery is also used as the trailhead for the regional district. Enjoy!