Placer mining can be as simple as using a shovel and a gold pan in a creek.
Although gold pans are great for testing, a hand-mining operation usually involves a water pump and a sluice box or highbanker.
On October 4, 2019, the government issued a new version of
Information Update No. 38 about hand-mining rules.
A machine-digging operation generally uses a backhoe or larger excavator and a more sophisticated "wash plant" for processing - separating the gold from the pay dirt.
Of course, there are
laws and regulations
that govern all of this.
Click on the MTO Maps etc. link in the main menu, above,
and then click on the
Making Maps link.
Learning How Use the MTO Mapping System
To get into placer mining (even recreational hand panning),
you really need to learn how to use the MTO Mapping system, if
only to find out where there are claims. It looks complicated
because it can do a lot, but it is pretty easy to use.
Information But No Guarantee
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not claim to be an expert and all information is provided
"as is" with no guarantee that it is correct or fit
for any particular purpose.
Click on the MTO Maps etc. link in the main menu, above, and then click on the Making Maps link.
Use the information from this website At Your Own Risk.
The Ministry knows that you and your buddy working a placer claim aren't likely to add a lot to the wealth of the province, but you may discover a large, rich deposit that does.
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